WICHITA FALLS, TX – To conclude fan appreciation weekend at the Kay Yeager Coliseum, The
Wichita Falls Warriors (29-17-1-6) defeated the Odessa Jackalopes (12-34-4-4) in a shootout to
gain four points on the weekend, to win 4-3.
The first period was the first evenly matched period that had been played between the Warriors
and the Jacks. The final game of the season against the Jacks, Captain Jackson Wozniak (6)
opened the scoring for the Warriors to grab a 1-0 lead. Several minutes later Jimmy Rayhill (4)
would tie the game at one. Only a penalty by each team in the first period would make a
seemingly quiet first period go by so fast. After 20 minutes we sat at a 1-1 tied game.
During the second period, the Warriors and the Jackalopes each took two penalties. Neither team
was able to take advantage of the man advantage. Both teams were able to kill off the penalties.
Only one shot was able to find the back of the net in the second period and it went the way of the
Jackalopes. J.R Perdion (5) was able to grab the go ahead goal and give the Jackalopes a 2-1 lead
after 40 minutes of play.
Once again it would take a third period comeback for the Warriors to take a lead but this time it
was different. The Warriors were able to grab two goals in the third. One came early in the
second period off the tap of the stick of Adisen Brueck (12) as the game was now 2-2. The
Warriors later in the period would grab the lead on a Thomas Weis (19) goal that would give the
Warriors a 3-2 lead, their first lead since the first period. Just when the Warriors were able to
grab the lead, in the last minute of the game Gabe Bennett (8) would tie the game and make it 3-
3. As the horn would sound at the end of the third, we would be headed to overtime.
In the overtime period tied at three, both the Warriors and Jackalopes would have some
opportunities but for the most part both teams tried to play keep away. The horn would sound at
the end of the 3 vs 3 overtime period and the game would now lead to a shootout. Goaltenders
Bartoszkiewicz and Black had made big saves in the overtime period and in the shootout. It
would take until the fifth shooter for the Warriors in the shootout, the Calabasas, California
native and the teams top scorer Drew Vieten, who would deke around Cooper Black and bury the
puck in the net and give the Warriors the 4-3 shootout win and the fourth straight win over the
Jackalopes! The crowd would erupt and it was the perfect way to cap off the fan appreciation
weekend at the Kay Yeager Coliseum.
Owen Bartoszkiewicz would grab the win (23-12-1-3) and would make 16 saves on 13 shots. As
for Cooper Black he would be handed the shootout loss (4-7-1-3) and would make 28 saves on