The Amarillo Bulls earn a point in the 5-to-4 shootout loss to the Wichita Falls Warriors Saturday night.
For the second straight game, the opposition would get off to a quick start when Drew Vieten would bury his ninth goal of the year just 21 seconds into the game. The Warriors would quickly build their lead when they would convert on a 2-on-1 and Nick Lanigan would score his seventh goal of the year just 3:12 into the game.
Near the halfway point of the first period the Bulls would get a power-play chance and defenseman Greg Japchen would put the Bulls on the board with his eight goal of the year at the 8:10 mark of the game.
Moments later, a fortunate bounce would find the puck on the stick of Cooper Fensterstock who would hammer home his third goal of the season past Warriors goalie Ryan Ullan to tie the game at 2-to-2 to end the first period.
The Warriors would reclaim their lead in the second period off the strength of Jackson Salt’s fourth goal of the year to make it 3-to-2 nine minutes into the second period.
The Bulls would tie the game late in the second frame when Nick Martino would bury a rebound and collect his sixth goal of the year. Amarillo would take the lead just moments later with a Jere Vaisanen top shelf snipe with only 1:06 left in the period.
At the 6:30 mark of the third period, the Warriors would tie the game with a goal from forward Adisen Brueck who beat Andrew Takacs glove side. The 4-to-4 score would stay at the end of regulation and the two teams would head to overtime.
Neither team would win the game in the extra five minutes and the Bulls would again find themselves heading to a shootout.
Vaisanen would tally a goal in the third round of the shootout to keep the Bulls alive. Both goalies would make saves into the seventh round when it came time for the Warriors to shoot. The extra forward Dominick Rivelli would beat Takacs and give the Warriors the shootout win.
The Bulls will try and go for the weekend split when the two teams face-off on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. in Wichita Falls.
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