Teams: Wichita Falls Warriors (17-14-5-2, 41 pts) vs. Amarillo Wranglers (19-16-1-1 40 pts)
Where: Budweiser Bull Pen
Times: 7:05 CST
Broadcast: HockeyTv.com (Away)
Separated by one point in the South Division standings for the 4th and final playoff spot and with a possible four point swing in this series, it is going to be one of the bigger weekends of the season for your Wichita Falls Warriors.
Both teams are headed in opposite directions as of late. Amarillo is 1-8-1-0 in their last ten and on a six-game winless streak, dropping their latest games against the Ice Wolves, Brahmas, and IceRays.
The Warriors are 7-2-1-0 in their last ten, with their previous win coming on the road against the Odessa Jackalopes with a 5-1 score and splitting the weekend series one game apiece. The Warriors have had good fortune against the Wranglers this season, winning all four games they’ve played against each other.
Both teams have several nominees selected to the NAHL Top Prospect Tournament, held February 7th and 8th in Pittsburgh, PA. Logan Cleary, Michael Spinner, and Dominic Schimizzi will represent the Wranglers. Wichita Falls will send Phillip Tornqvist and Joseph Harguindeguy, who will be wearing black for the South Division. Defenseman Owen Dyer will also be going to the Top Prospect Tournament, but he will be wearing white as he made the “Select” team.
Amarillo’s head coach, Harry Mahood, has been announced as the assistant coach for the South Division.
Both teams are in the top-5 in power-play percentage, with Amarillo sitting 3rd in the NAHL at 25 percent. Wichita Falls are 5th at 23.9 percent.
The penalty kill is different; Wichita Falls are 26th in the league and have killed off 75.5 percent. Amarillo is 15th in the league, with an 82.1 percent average.
For Amarillo, they will be looking to Kristaps Skrastins to generate their offense. He comes into the weekend with 23 goals 22 assists for 45 points. Prohorenkovs and Schimizzi are second and third in team scoring, with Cleary and Peterson rounding out their top five.
Ryan Robinson has been consistent throughout the season and is currently leading the Warriors in scoring with 18 goals 22 assists for 40 points. Lawson-Body is second in scoring with 35 points and Corcoran notching 31 points from the blue line. Korpi and Harguindeguy are 4th and 5th in team scoring, with 27 and 25 points respectively.