Warriors Fall 5-2 to Amarillo on Saturday

WICHITA FALLS, TX – The Wichita Falls Warriors (6-8-1-3) were back on home at the Kay Yeager Coliseum on Saturday night looking to snap a four game losing skid and finish up the weekend series with the Amarillo Bulls (9-6-2-1).

The Warriors were looking for a fast start to the first period on Saturday night and use their speed to attack the Bulls.  Wichita Falls would have two power plays in the first period but would be unable to score on either.  On the second power play, Warriors forward William Lawson-Body had a prime scoring chance right in front of the crease, but Amarillo goaltender Cal Sandquist made a big save to keep the game scoreless in the first.  With just one minute remaining Cooper Fensterstock (11) would drive to the front of the net and Casey Roepke (2) would put the rebound in the back of the net and put the Bulls up 1-0 with one minute left in the opening period.  The Warriors would head to the second period trailing 1-0.

The second period would be controlled by Amarillo.  The Bulls would outshoot the Warriors 15-7 in the period and would control the possession in the Warriors defensive zone.  The Warriors had their third power play come to an end as the Bulls extra man off the bench Tyler Sedlak (4) replaced the man coming out of the box and found himself on a breakaway to put the Warriors behind 2-0.  The Bulls would add another two minutes later at the midway point of the second period and the Warriors would find themselves trailing 3-0 heading to the third and final period of regulation.

The last time the Warriors were down 3-0 at the start of a third period was on January 9th against Shreveport where the Warriors scored three straight in four minutes to tie the game 3-3.  The Warriors would come out strong in the third period against the Bulls as well.  Wichita Falls would get on the board 8:09 into the period when Vince Corcoran (2) kept the puck in the offensive zone at the blue line and scored his second of the season to cut the deficit to two goals.  The Warriors would strike back again 14:06 into the period on the power play as Joseph Harguindeguy (8) scored his second straight power play goal in his first two games with Wichita Falls and the deficit was cut to just one.  Warriors Head Coach Garrett Roth would pull goaltender Owen Bartoszkiewicz with just over a minute left in an attempt to tie the game and force overtime.  However, the Bulls would find the back of the empty net twice to seal a 5-2 win.  The Bulls outshot the Warriors 33-29.  The Warriors have now dropped five straight, picking up just one point during the losing streak.

Cal Sandquist (7-3-2-1) recorded the win for Amarillo.  He recorded 27 saves on 29 shots faced.  Owen Bartoszkiewicz (5-4-1-2) recorded the loss for Wichita Falls.  He recorded 28 saves on 31 shots faced.

Next up, the Warriors head back to Shreveport for a Monday matinee tilt with the Mudbugs at George’s Pond at the Hirsch Coliseum.  Puck drop is set for 3:11 PM.