WICHITA FALLS, TX – The Wichita Falls Warriors (6-5-1-2) faced off with the Lone Star Brahmas (15-5-1-0) for the second straight night, this time at the Kay Yeager Coliseum.
It was a slow start to the game throughout the first period as the two South Division foes played a long and physical game the night before. Both teams were in search of their offensive rhythm as goaltenders Ryan Ullan for the Warriors and Graham Burke for the Brahmas catching a rhythm of their own in net. On a late power play in the final seconds of the first, the Brahmas would break the scoreless tie and take a 1-0 lead to the second period.
The Brahmas would come out fast in the second period. Lone Star would strike three times in the first 10 minutes of the period and take a 4-0 lead. It was the first time this season that the Warriors have trailed by 4 or more goals since October 25th in a 4-0 loss to Odessa. The Warriors would look to chip away but penalties kept the Warriors short-handed and not able to get a lot going in the offensive zone.
In the third period the Warriors would turn up the intensity in the offensive zone, putting pucks on net from every angle. The Warriors would outshoot the Brahmas 15-10 in the third period and 36-30 in the game. However, the Warriors couldn’t figure out Burke as the Lone Star goaltender made some big saves to preserve the 4-0 lead for the Brahmas. The Warriors would put one past him 15:27 into the period when Alex Walker (2) scored his second of the season. Warriors head coach Garrett Roth would pull goaltender Ryan Ullan with under 4 minutes left in regulation to get the extra skater and try to cut the deficit to two. The Brahmas would fire the puck all the way down and find the back of the empty net to extend their lead back to four goals at 5-1. The Brahmas would add two more in the final minutes and take two points as the Warriors fell by a final of 7-1.
Graham Burke (11-3-0-0) recorded the win for Lone Star. He recorded 35 saves on 36 shots faced in the win. Ryan Ullan (1-3-0-1) recorded the loss for Wichita Falls. He recorded 23 saves on 29 shots faced in the loss.
Next up, the Warriors hit the road for a weekend series at the Shreveport Mudbugs beginning on Friday, January 8th. It will be the Warriors first trip to Shreveport this season, they are 1-1 against the Mudbugs after the two teams faced off back in November.