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Lone Star Brahmas Come Up Short In A Heart Breaker

Lone Star Brahmas


Game two of the NAHL Showcase for the Lone Star Brahmas saw them faceoff against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs with each team looking to preserve an unblemished record. For the second day in a row the Brahmas went with the same starting lineup of Sean Giles and Cameron Clarke on defense with Cody Wickile, Peter Kessel and Alex Berardinelli up front. The only change was in net where Conor O’Brein got the start.

The first 20 minutes was a physical affair with both team dishing out some big checks along the boards. Lone Star seemed to have the best of the chances especially a drive by Peter Bates blowing past the defense and just missed tucking it inside the far post. The period came to a close with Lone Star holding a 14 – 4 shots on goal advantage, but were unable to solve Gavin Nieto.

With just 2:18 to go in the middle frame Tomas Brejcha blasted one off of Neito and as Martin Mellberg was fishing for the loose puck low a scrum broke out. Mellberg was whistled for a slash and Brejcha a double minor for butt ending and a game ejection as the only penalties with nothing for the Icedogs despite Joey Fallon’s helmet being ripped off his head from behind. The calls resulted in a full two minute 5 on 3 for Fairbanks, but the Lone Star PK buckled down allowing only one shot on goal. After the horn ending the period Fairbank’s Clay Cross butt ended Hogan Davidson earning a double minor and game ejection of his own.

In the third, Wickline was called for a boarding minor at the 6:53 mark and as he was heading for the penalty box he was jumped from behind by Josef Ingman earning the Ice Dogs’ defenseman a fighting major and an early shower. However, the Brahmas power play fared no better than Fairbank’s and the game remained scoreless through the rest of the period sending the game to overtime.

After the five minute overtime the game went to a shootout with neither team able to score in the first three rounds. Alex Berardinelli got things started with the first goal in the fourth round but Logan Coomes answered. Kyle Patava and Caleb Schroer both scored in the next round. Fallon just missed in round six setting the stage for former Brahma Liam Stirtzinger who had the dagger top shelf.

Unfortunately for the Brahmas they came up just short in one of those games that it was a shame someone had to loose. They can hang their hats on the fact that they picked up one point from the heart breaker. Both teams were scoreless on the power play. Lone Star went 0 – 4 and Fairbanks 0 – 5. The Ice Dogs won the shots on goal 31 – 25.

Friday morning the Brahmas and Minnesota Wilderness get things started at 10:30.




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