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Brahmas Win Streak At 7 With 3 – 2 Win Over Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of Meagan Sullivan Photography: Troy York netted two goals to push the Lone Star Brahmas to a 3 - 2 win over the visiting Odessa Jackalopes.


The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes wrapped up their weekend series with the Brahmas looking to complete another sweep. Friday night Lone Star won a hard fought 2 – 0 win with two third period goals and s shutout performance by Alec Calvaruso in net.

Saturday night saw a decidedly different Jackalopes team take the ice at the NYTEX Sports Centre. After being outshot 14 – 5 in the first period on Friday, Odessa turned the tables on Lone Star and held the shots on goal advantage at 16 -7 through the first frame. Brahmas’ defenseman Jakub Melisko went to the box for a cross checking just 45 seconds into the contest setting the stage for Odessa to take an early lead. At 2:07 the teams set up for a draw to Max Prawdzik’s right, Tyler Pietrowski pulled it back to Rowan Savidant in front of the Brahmas bench and he sent it down the blueline to Nick Wilson for a wrister through traffic that beat Prawdzik high blocker side. With one minute to go, Levi Wunder found Zach Zech streaking down the middle behind the Brahmas defense for a lone man rush. Prawdzik stood his ground making a left pad save to stone Zech and send the teams to the locker room with Odessa leading 1 – 0.

For the second night in a row the gloves hit the ice early in the second when Carson Kelley was dumped in front of Jonny Hogue. Connor Wood, the third most penalized player in the league, jumped on Kelley and the two eventually ended up back on their skates with Wood firing rights. Kelley really wanted none of it, but was forced to defend himself.

With roughly 14:00 minutes gone in the second they had their best scoring chance to that point in the game when Austin Kamer sprung Pete Kessel down the near wing, but the reigning NAHL South Division Player of the Week ripped it off the near post just missing the game tying goal. The Brahmas got their first power play opportunity of the contest at 16:39 thanks to a Zech slashing minor. It took Lone Star less than one minute to cash in after Hunter Stanley gathered in the puck in the near corner and sent it to Troy York at the halfwall. York walked it to the faceoff dot and rifled it under the crossbar at 17:33 for his thirteenth of the season.

Lone Star grabbed their first lead of the night set up by a heads up, hustle play by Aidan Spellacy to deposit the puck deep into the attacking zone. The puck jumped back up to the blueline where Simon Loof just maintained the zone. The Swedish defenseman dangled around a couple of Jackalopes then fired one on net. Hogue made the initial save, but Friday night’s offensive hero Austin O’Rourke was crashing the far post to put back the rebound at 6:25.

Unfortunately the lead was short lived. Just 1:08 later, Zach Heintz sent Zac Herrmann on a romp down the near side and his close in shot managed to trickle under Prawdzik to knot the score at two.

Lone Star kept their heads up and did not let the Herrmann goal generate any momentum for the Jackalopes. Alex Stoley chased down a puck in neutral ice and caught the Jackalopes in a line change. Stoley carried it over the blueline then dropped it for York to deposit into the twine glove side at 9:28.

Despite being outshot by Odessa 34 – 30 the Brahmas came out on top 3 – 2. Both teams scored once on the power play with the Brahmas 1 – 3 and the Jackalopes 1 -4. Prawdzik pick up his second win in as many starts for Lone Star after coming over from Boston University.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Topeka at Shreveport

After a scoreless first period, the Mudbugs had their way with the RoadRunners as Cameron Cook and Giovanni Carabelli gave Shreveport a 2 – 1 lead going into the third. That is where Jack Jaunich, Brendon Gysbers, Frankie Melton, Kieran Durgan and Steven Mather all found the back of the net. John Roberts made 38 saves to claim a 7 – 2 win.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

Lone Star Brahmas 37 28 8 1 0 57
Wichita Falls Wildcats 34 21 9 3 1 46
Shreveport Mudbugs 34 22 11 0 1 45
Corpus Christi Icerays 33 15 14 1 3 34
Amarillo Bulls 38 13 17 7 1 34
Odessa Jackalopes 33 13 15 4 0 30
Topeka RoadRunners 38 11 24 2 1 25


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