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Wildcatters to Face Columbia Inferno in Semifinals

April 16, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Texas Wildcatters News Release

Beaumont, TX-The Texas Wildcatters will host the Columbia Inferno for Games 1 and 2 of the South Division Semifinals at Ford Arena Friday, April 18 at 7:30 and Sunday, April 20 at 6:05 p.m.

The Wildcatters, who advanced to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs by virtue of a 3-1 series victory over the Mississippi Sea Wolves, are the top seed in the American Conference's South Division. As such, they will face No. 5 Columbia, the lowest advancing seed who sailed past No. 4 Florida in 3 games last week.

Thupe Texas-Columbia matchis finalized by South Carolina's 3-1 Game 5 victory over the Augusta Lynx Wednesday night. The Stingrays came back from a 2-0 series deficit to win the series 3 games-to-2 and will face the third-seeded Gwinnett Gladiators in the other Semifinal matchup.

The Wildcatters will head to Columbia for Game 3 on Tuesday, April 22 and if necessary for Game 4 Wednesday, April 23.

Game 5, if needed, will be at Ford Arena on Friday, April 25.

The Wildcatters went 3-1-1-1 against the Inferno in the regular season, most recently falling 3-2 in a shootout at Ford Arena February 24, a 42-save performance by Columbia goalkeeper Chris Ford. Kris Tebbs took the loss for the Wildcatters despite making 32 saves. The Wildcatters went 1-1-0-1 across that three-game weekend series, winning the initial game 7-0 before dropping the second 3-2 in regulation. Kevin Baker (4g-5a) and Max Taylor (6g-3a) have led the Wildcatters against the Inferno, each posting 9 points in 6 games.

Individual playoff tickets are on sale and may be purchased through the Ford Park Box Office, which is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours on game days. Prices start at $7 for kids and $14 for adults. Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster by phone at (409) 833-7747, online at, or at any Ticketmaster location.

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