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Brahmas Sweep RoadRunners – Win Streak Stands At 12

Photo courtesy of Meagan Sullivan Photography: Hunter Stanley scored twice in a 20 second span of the second period to lead the Lone Star Brahmas to a 3 - 1 win over the Topeka RoadRunners.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas continued their recent hot streak last night downing the Topeka RoadRunners by the score of 4 -3. However, the Brahmas had to fight their way back from two goals down in the third to force overtime with just 22.8 seconds left in regulation then rode the momentum to the overtime win just 34 seconds into the extra period.

Lone Star was hoping for a little smoother effort on Sunday afternoon, but Topeka jumped out to an early lead when Max Harper sent one well wide of the near post that Will Schlagenhauf picked up off the end boards. Schlagenhauf turned to send the puck out front, but his centering attempt went of the skate of Troy York and behind Max Prawdzik at 5:26 of the first.

With just over 30 seconds gone in the second it appeared that the Brahmas had found the equalizer when Hunter Stanley undressed Joey Moore in neutral ice to steal the puck and sent a backdoor pass to York who put it on net, but the referee waived it off and play continued. At the next stoppage of play referee Zane Stout conferred with the goal judge and his linesmen before giving the no goal signal. Lone Star dug deeper and with 11:04 to go, Jordan Wishman gave the puck to Jack Zielenski just outside the RoadRunners’ blueline and carried it back into the zone down the far wall hit Stanley in stride at the top of the near circle with a cross ice pass. The California native had a clear path to the front and went to the backhand getting Ryan Snowden to bite on the far post then pulled it back to the forehand to put it over the right pad. Exactly 20 seconds later, York and Brenden Rons engaged in a brief puck battle along the far haldwall with York sending the puck to Carson Kelley at the top of the rightwing circle. Kelley carried it into the high slot before sending it back against the grain to Stanley in front. The pass was a bit behind Stanley but he kicked it to his blade and put it five hole on Snowden to give Lone Star the lead. With time winding down in the period David Cyr controlled the puck at the near halfwall with Justin Addamo pressuring him. Cyr tried to send the puck across ice and out of the zone, but Anton Rubtsov knocked it out of midair and turned toward the goal with only clear ice between himself and Snowden. Rubtsov stickhandled a couple of times to get Snowden moving then tucked it between the pads for his first NAHL goal since joining the Brahmas on January 20.

The Brahmas dominated the RoadRunners all weekend at the faceoff dot and carried that over into shots on goal as well outshooting Topeka 32 – 13. However, the power play that was on fire against Wichita Falls the weekend before went scoreless going 0 – 3. The penalty kill was up to the task holding the RoadRunners to 0 – 3. Max Prawdzik kept his record unblemished at 4 – 0 – 0 – 0 with the win.

With the win the Brahmas win streak now stands at an even dozen which is the longest streak in the NAHL this season and they went the entire month of January without a loss.

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Current NAHL South Division Standings

GP W L OTL SOL PTS
Lone Star Brahmas 42 33 8 1 0 67
Wichita Falls Wildcats 38 23 11 3 1 50
Shreveport Mudbugs 37 22 12 1 2 47
Corpus Christi IceRays 37 18 15 1 3 40
Amarillo Bulls 40 13 19 7 1 34
Odessa Jackalopes 37 14 19 4 0 32
Topeka RoadRunners 42 13 25 3 1 30

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