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Brahmas Skid Hits Three Games With Loss To Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Odessa goalie Jonny Hogue stole a win from the Lone Star Brahmas stopping 32 of the 33 shots he faced on the night. He also received some help from the referee who waived off a second period Brahmas goal that replays showed was a good goal.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas took the ice against the visiting Odessa Jackalopes on Friday night at the NYTEX Sports Centre. After a couple of disappointing performances against the Shreveport Mudbugs the previous weekend, Lone Star was itching to right the ship against the Jackalopes who had dropped out of playoff contention and were looking to play spoiler.

The Brahmas would be without two of their leading scorers in Hunter Stanley and Troy York along with a top defenseman in Simon Loof who were all still recovering from nagging injuries. Add to the mix that leading scorer Drake Glover’s minutes were being limited as he was just returning from a bout of the flu and the Brahmas task was going to be that much more difficult.

Despite their short bench the Brahmas controlled play for much of a physical opening period. Midway through, Jordan Wishman was checked hard into the far halfwall and came up favoring his right leg. With Wishman struggling to stay on his skates the Lone Star defense buckled down sending the puck to the near wall. John Zimmerman grabbed the loose puck and sent it up the dasher to Pete Kessel. Kessel went streaking down the wall in front of the benches behind the Odessa net and tucked it between the far post and Jonny Hogue’s right skate at 10:15.

Just over three minutes later, Brahmas’ netminder Alec Calvaruso was the victim of a horrible bounce for the second weekend in a row. On the play Noah Poindexter set Chase Thudium up just off the near post. Thudium’s shot rode up Calvaruso’s stick high into the air and came down on his left shoulder and across the line. Time of the goal was 13:49.

Lone Star should have gone up one near the seven minute mark of the second when Zimmerman sent the puck to Carson Kelley at the far point. Kelley sent one on net that was redirected by Austin Kamer and into the net. Referee JR Stargar waived off the goal from the other side of the ice saying the puck was played with a high stick. Replays showed that Kamer kept his stick parallel to the ice and well below the crossbar.

After the Kamer no goal, neither team was able to find the back of the net sending it to the third tied at one apiece.

The Jackalopes took the lead at 4:22 of the third off a redirect of a Thudium shot by Bastien Maia that went five hole on Calvaruso. Christian Hausinger had the secondary assist on the play.

Lone Star outshot Odessa 33 – 18 on the night and neither team could cash in on the power play. The Brahmas were 0 – 4 and the Jackalopes were 0 – 3. With the loss the Brahmas have their first three game losing streak.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Div

Topeka at Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi played host to Topeka and took a 2 – 0 win on goals late in the first and an emty netter in the third. Brad Power had the first and Brendan Miller the second. Tomas Vomacka got the win with 19 saves.

Wichita Falls at Shreveport

Shreveport claimed a shutout as well with offense coming from Frankie Melton and Kieran Durgan in the first followed by Durgan and Steven Mather in the second. Dylan Lubbesmeyer picked up the win making 19 saves.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

GP W L OTL SOL PTS
Lone Star 47 35 11 1 0 71
Corpus Christi 43 24 15 1 3 52
Shreveport 42 24 14 1 2 53
Wichita Falls 43 23 15 3 2 51
Odessa 43 17 22 4 0 38
Topeka 48 15 28 4 1 35

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