A crowd of nearly 3,000 was on hand Saturday to see the RGV Killer Bees play their first home game . The Bees gave their fans plenty to cheer for, but in the end it was the Wichita Falls Wildcats who escaped with a 3-2 victory.
It took just 92 seconds for veteran forward Evan Schmidbauer (Surrey, British Columbia) to bring the home crowd to its feet when he gave his club an early 1-0 lead on a pass from Nathan Flynn (Hastings, Minn.) to open scoring.
He TMs a great kid, RGV Killer Bees head coach Joe Coombs of Schmidbauer, a 14-goal scorer a season ago, and his first goal of the season with the team. I was happy to see him get the monkey off his back.
Wichita Falls tied up the contest a little more than three minutes later when Jordan Jancze found the back of the net. Andrew Kerr and Kellen Wassell picked up the assists.
The Wildcats went on to take the lead three minutes and 21 seconds later when Nick Farmer notched the lone power-play goal of the contest on assists from Sam Pizza and Will Vosejpka.
The Wildcats maintained the lead 2-1 at the first intermission, but the Bees tied up the contest 5:09 into the second period when Will Clark (Dallas, Texas) notched an unassisted goal. It was Clark TMs third goal of the season, tying him for the team lead with Ben Greiner (Newport Beach, Calif.).
He has surely scored some timely goals for us, Coombs said, I TMll give Clarky that.
Wichita Falls got the go-ahead goal, and the eventual game-winner, from Jancze with 1:49 remaining before the second intermission. Rudy Junda and Kerr were credited with the assists.
Shots were even in the game, 22-22. Olli Kalkaja (Oulu, Finland) made 19 saves for the Bees while David Zevnik made 20 stops for the Wildcats. Wichita Falls went 1-for-4 on the power play while the Bees went 0-for-3.
It TMs always fun playing at home because you TMre in the confines of your own house, said Coombs, but at the end of the day you need to get it done, and we didn TMt. We did some good things and some bad things. We need to limit the bad things.