Amarillo, Tx– The Wranglers shut down the Brahams Friday night to extend their win streak to six with a 3-to-0 final.
The evening started with every billet family being honored in front of the Budweiser Bullpen crowd.
Neither offense found its footing throughout the opening period, and both teams would muster few chances on goalies Connor McDonough and William Gramme. The teams would combine for nine total shots in the first twenty minutes of play. Both teams would go into the intermission with no goals, and neither team took a penalty in the opening 20 minutes.
Things would stay the same in the first few minutes of the second period. The Wranglers started picking up the pace and kept Lone Star trapped in their zone as Amarillo pressured William Gramme. The Brahmas would take back-to-back penalties later in the period to set up Amarillo on a 5-on-3 advantage for under a minute. While getting a few shots on the net on the power play, the Wranglers did not cash in, as the game remained scoreless into the final minutes of the second period. In the last minute, Pierce Patterson fired a puck to the goal when Chase Davis got a piece of the shot to redirect it past the Lone Star goalie to give Amarillo the lead at 19:22 of the period.
Amarillo would hold onto their lead through most of the third period, limiting the Lone Star attack. McDonough would quickly stop any shots that got to him to help Amarillo hold on to the lead. With under three minutes to go in the game, Amarillo would get breathing room when Ben Ivey found the back of the net to make it 2-to-0. One minute later, Davis would score his second of the night with an empty net goal he shot from the Wranglers’ zone. McDonough would make 19 saves en route to his second straight shutout and propel the Wranglers to their sixth straight win.
Pierce Patterson collected two assists in registering his seventh straight multi-point game. Connor McDonough has won all six of his starts with the Wranglers. With the Ice Wolves losing in overtime, Amarillo now sits one point behind a playoff spot with three games remaining. The Wranglers will look to close out their series with Lone Star Saturday night.