ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Wichita Falls Warriors (30-18-1-6) were looking to bounce back in game two of the three
game set against the New Mexico Ice Wolves (20-30-3-2) on Friday night at the Outpost Ice Arenas.
In the first period both the Warriors and the Ice Wolves would each take a penalty but both
penalty kill units would be able to kill off the respective penalty and keep the puck out of the net.
In a first period that saw 9 shots from the Warriors and 10 shots from the Ice Wolves. A slow
starting game led to a scoreless 20 minute first period.
It didn’t take long for the first goal to come in the second period and it was for the Ice Wolves. A
penalty shot was awarded to Taylor Ewing (3) as he was able to get the puck past goaltender
Ryan Ullan and give the Ice Wolves a 1-0 just 19 seconds into the second period. Three second
period penalties taken by the Ice Wolves would give the Warriors the man advantage quite often.
On their second power play opportunity of the game, Owen Baumgartner (7) would find the back
of the net and tie the game, 1-1. Just over a minute later, the Ice Wolves would retake the lead as
Spencer Rudrud (17) would make it a 2-1 hockey game. Six minutes later the Warriors would get
another power play opportunity, their fourth of the game as Carter Korpi (16) would tally the
team’s second power play goal of the night and once again tie the game to make it 2-2.
New Mexico would once again take the lead in the third period as Jack Bayless (10) would make
it 3-2 and score his second goal in two straight games. Two more penalties would be committed by the Ice Wolves in the third period but the Warriors would not be able to take advantage. After the Bayless goal, the Warriors would score three straight goals. It started from a Vince Corcoran (4) diving attempt to tie the game 3-3. Owen Baumgartner (8) would tally his second goal of the night in the middle of the period to give the Warriors their first lead of the game as the score was
now 4-3. In the final minute of regulation, Nick Lanigan (10) would create a turnover in the
offensive zone and get the easy empty net goal to give the Warriors a 5-3 lead. As the final horn
sounded the Warriors would take game two of the series in a 5-3 victory and officially clinch
third place in the South Division and will have a round one playoff matchup against the Lone
Ryan Ullan (7-5-0-3) would get credit for the win as he would tally 23 saves on 26 shots. Owen
Parker (8-9-1-0) would get credit for the loss as he would tally 32 saves on 36 shots.
The final game of the regular season and this three game series will begin Saturday at 7:30 PM CST.