PARK CITY — The Wichita B-52s lost 6-5 in an overtime shootout to the Hidalgo La Fiera on Saturday night at Hartman Arena in what B-52s coach Larry Inlow described as one of the strangest games he has ever been a part of in terms of refereeing.
“I’ve seen a lot of things in the years I’ve played,” Inlow said. “And not a lot of them have ever happened like they have tonight.”
Two red cards were handed out in overtime to Hidalgo — one to coach Mariano Bollella for abusive language and one to midfielder Edgar Flores.
Inlow said the slow starts that have been plaguing the team are one of the reasons they lost a game they otherwise should have won.
“If we give ourselves a better chance at the beginning of the game we have a better chance at the end,” he said.
Trailing 4-1 after the first quarter, the B-52s changed the tone of the game in the second quarter, due in part to big saves by goaltender Nic Martinez.
Wichita’s Colin Lawter had an unassisted goal early in the second quarter and an assist on a power play goal by Matt Clare to make the score 5-3.
A 5-on-3 power play goal in the fourth brought the B-52s to within one with just under seven minutes left in the game. A goal by Brady Bryant a few minutes later forced the teams into overtime.
After a scoreless overtime the teams went to a shootout. Matt Clare and Colin Lawter were unable to get anything past Hidalgo goalie Juan Gambola. Joel Perez and Alejandro Morales earned the win for the La Fiera after getting shots past Martinez.
First quarter—Hidalgo, De Los Santos (Farias) 13:09; Hidalgo, Teran (Farias) 9:12; Hidalgo, Perez (Teran) 8:46; Wichita, L. Martinez (Lawter) 6:21; Morales (unassisted) 6:42.
Second quarter—Wichita, Lawter (unassisted) 12:31; Wichita, Clare (Lawter) 6:20; Sanchez (Edgar Flores) 5:22.
Fourth quarter—Wichita, Lemons (Clare) 7:51; Wichita, Bryant (unassisted) 2:37;
Penalty kick shootout—Hidalgo, Perez; Hidalgo, Morales.
Shots—Wichita 57, Hidalgo 39.
Go alkeepers—Wichita, Martinez 37 shots, 32 saves; Hidalgo, 49 shots 44 saves.