As a team, the Wichita Falls Wildcats have seen some ups and downs throughout the 2010-11 season. Slipping a little under the radar are some of the individual accomplishments that could rearrange the record books and give fans something extra to keep an eye on through the final weeks of the season.
First year Wildcat Dakota Klecha has already received some notice this season for breaking a single season record. With just 40 games under his belt, Klecha’s 205 Penalty Minutes shatters the old record of 184 set by Sean McKenzie in 2008-’09.
If Klecha stays on this pace, the Michigan native would end the season with 287 Penalty Minutes. That would place him third on the Wildcats career list, just 19 PIM short of all-time leader Adam Kuhn. The former captain compiled 306 Penalty Minutes in an 80 game Wildcats career over the course of two seasons.
Klecha also leads Wichita Falls with 22 goals this season, putting him two short of a three way tie for ninth with Kevin Huck (2004-05) and Brett Hartung (2008-09) on the single season list. At his current pace, Klecha could have 30 goals before the end the season.
With only 16 games left, it’s not likely Klecha will reach the single season record of 41 set by Luke Salazar in 2007-08, but he may reach the top ten career list in just his first season. Kuhn currently sits in 10th place with 27 career goals. The all-time career leader is Adam Cardwell with 66.
Klecha and Mikhail Sentyurin have already moved into the single season top ten for Power Play Goals. Sentyurin leads the Wildcats this season with eight, placing him in a seventh place tie with Hartung (2008-09). Klecha’s seven this season puts him in a tie with several players for ninth. Brian Sheehan and J.T. Osborn are the most recent former players to record seven PPG in a season, both in 2009-10.
Ryan Frost is another Wildcat that sits two away from reaching a single season top ten. Currently leading Wichita Falls with 31 assists, Frost could move into a three way tie for ninth on the single season list as early as the next game. Kyle Kraemer (2004-05) and Skylur Jameson (2007-08) are ninth on the single season list, just one behind eighth place Chad Costello (2004-05) with 34.
Currently seventh on Wichita Falls’ all-time career list with 47 assists, Frost is on a pace to record 44 assists this season. That would not only put him fifth on the single season list, but would bolt him up to fourth in career assists with 60.
The Wildcats points leader could make the career list look vastly different by season’s end. Frost is already in a seventh place tie with Grant Everett on the all-time list with 69 career points. Just nine more puts the Corona, California native into a sixth place tie with Kevin Huck, six behind fifth place Chris Ochoa.
Both Jason McAloon and Patrick Yudez have scored two short-handed goals this season, putting them one behind all-time single season leader Skylur Jameson. Currently chasing the Wentworth single season points record, Jameson scored three short-handed goals in a season twice during his four year Wildcats career (2006-07, 2007-08). That record also makes Jameson the career leader with six.
Both goalies are trying to nudge their way into the record books. Tyler Green and Eric Garavaglia both have two shutouts this season, putting them in a tie for third on the single season list. Mike Jarboe is second with three in 2007-08, and current assistant coach Thomas Billick holds the single season record with four in 2005-06.
The career list reads almost the same, with Green and Garavaglia in a tie for third with two and Jarboe second with three. Billick is the career leader with a total of five shutouts.
Green could also tie or break the record for save percentage. Green’s .910 sits just behind Dan Dileo’s .913 from the 2004-05 season, which is also the career high mark.
Known as the Wichita Falls Rustlers prior to the 2004-05 season, the Wildcats franchise joined the NAHL from the American West Hockey league in 2003 when the leagues merged.
The assault on the record books will continue February 9 at Kay Yeager Coliseum when the Wildcats host the Amarillo Bulls. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.