WICHITA FALLS, TX – The Wichita Falls Warriors (15-8-1-3) were back at home for a Sunday afternoon contest as they looked to sweep the Amarillo Bulls (16-8-2-3) on the weekend series. The Warriors have been on a roll as of late winning eight straight games.
The Warriors went back to goaltender Owen Bartoszkiewicz who had won the first six games of the win streak. Meanwhile, the Bulls went with a new goaltender than the previous night as well, as Hunter Garvey would get his second start of the season. Both goaltenders would be the stars of the game as they each posted shutout periods in the first. Bartoszkiewicz stopped 14 Bulls shots and Garvey stopped 11 Warriors shots in the opening frame. The two South Division opponents would head to the first intermission in a scoreless tie.
In the second period, the penalties would begin to pile up for both sides. First, it was Amarillo spending time in the box. The Bulls took back to back penalties, including a double-minor for high-sticking giving the Warriors a 5-on-3 opportunity. The Warriors would capitalize on the two man advantage as it was Jackson Salt (5) with a one-time blast from the left wing circle to give Wichita Falls the 1-0 lead 7:04 into the second period. For Salt, that’s back to back games with a goal in the weekend series. The Warriors would go 1/3 on the power play in the period. The Bulls top ranked power play unit would have chances of their own in the contest, but the Bulls would fail to get a puck past Bartoszkiewicz on the man advantage, posting an 0/4 on the day. The Warriors would head to the third period with a 1-0 advantage. Wichita Falls was 10-0-0-3 when leading after two periods heading into Sunday’s game.
That trend would continue for the Warriors into the third as Bartoszkiewicz made some key and timely stops in net to preserve the one goal lead. The Bulls would hurt their chances of tying the game late when they took an interference penalty with 2:05 to go in the third and final period of regulation. The Warriors were now on the power play while leading 1-0. Amarillo would be able to clear the puck down into the Warriors end and allow Garvey to get to the bench to get the extra skater on, but with the Warriors on a power play, the best the Bulls could do was to get the play back even to 5-on-5. That allowed the Warriors to continue to push the play and find the back of the empty net, as Thomas Weis (15) showed great patients to find Carter Korpi (10) who guided the puck into the empty net to make it 2-0 Wichita Falls. The Bulls would take one last try and pulled Garvey once again, but the Warriors would quickly find the empty net once more off the stick of Adisen Brueck (9) for his second score of the weekend and add to lead making the score 3-0. The Warriors would win by that score, as Bartoszkiewicz recorded his third shutout of the season to help the Warriors sweep the Bulls for their ninth straight win.
Owen Bartoszkiewicz (12-5-1-2) recorded the win for Wichita Falls. He stopped all 39 shots that he faced. Hunter Garvey (0-1-0-1) recorded the loss for Amarillo. He recorded 29 saves on 30 shots faced.
Up next, the Warriors look to extend the winning streak as they continue on the four game home stand hosting Odessa beginning on Friday, February 26. Puck drop is set for 7:05 PM at the Kay Yeager Coliseum.