WICHITA FALLS, TX – The Wichita Falls Warriors (9-8-1-3) were looking to win their third straight for the first time this season by sweeping the New Mexico Ice Wolves (6-15-1-0) on the weekend series.
The Warriors were going up against another difficult goaltender to beat for New Mexico. The Ice Wolves started Owen Parker who has a 1.25 goals against average on the season to go along with a perfect 3-0-0-0 record. It would take the Warriors longer to find the back of the net this time around after scoring just 41 seconds into the first period the night before. This time it was the Captain Jackson Wozniak (3) who would find the puck in front and put it past Parker on a backhand 14:14 in to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period. The Warriors outshot the Ice Wolves 9-3 in the opening frame.
Wichita Falls would start the second period with a one goal advantage but were looking to pour it on offensively, and that is just what the Warriors would do. They would strike for the first time in the second period 7:55 in, where Thomas Weis (8) would score his team leading 20th point on the season and push the lead to 2-0. They weren’t done in the second just yet as the Warriors would tack on two more late in the second off the sticks of Drew Vieten (6) and Adisen Brueck (6) each scoring their sixth of the season. The Warriors outshot the Ice Wolves 15-9 in the second period and have already built a 4-0 lead over goaltender Owen Parker who rarely gives up more than two goals in each game he starts for New Mexico.
The Warriors would open the third period enjoying a 4-0 lead, but would still keep their foot on the gas. They would put on a clinic in the third period striking four more times unanswered to take an 8-0 lead. First it was Carter Korpi (7), then it was Weis (9) for his second of the night, scoring from center ice as the puck took a hop in front of Parker and found its way past him. That put the Warriors up 6-0 when Nick Lanigan would add another on the power play to push the goal total to 7 for Wichita Falls late in the third. The Warriors would score once more as Riley Brueck would score his first career North American Hockey League goal on a one-timer 19:48 into the third period to cap off an 8-0 win for Wichita Falls. Warriors goaltender Owen Bartoszkiewicz was perfect in the win, earning his first career NAHL shutout. The Warriors swept the Ice Wolves on the weekend series and win their third straight for the first time this season.
Owen Bartoszkiewicz (8-5-1-2) recorded the win in his first shutout for Wichita Falls. He recorded 22 saves on 22 shots faced. Owen Parker (3-1-0-0) recorded his first loss of the season for New Mexico. He recorded 20 saves on 28 shots faced.
Next up, the Warriors look to make it four straight wins, as they hit the road for a weekend series at Odessa for the first time this season. Puck drop is set for 7:15 PM at the Ector County Coliseum.