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Lone Star Continues Overtime Dominance With 2 – 1 Win

Photo courtesy of Meagan Sullivan Photography: Defenseman Blake Evennou hammered home an overtime game winner against the Odessa Jackalopes to clinch an NAHL South Division playoff spot for the Lone Star Brahmas.

 

After dropping a 2 – 1 decision to the Odessa Jackalopes on Friday, the Lone Star Brahmas took the ice Saturday looking to snap a three game losing streak. Unfortunately for the Brahmas they would be without Drake Glover, Hunter Stanley and Troy York for the night due to lingering injuries. The three have combined for 109 points on the season putting a big dent in Lone Star’s offensive firepower.

The first period was a back and forth affair with both squads having breakaway opportunities which were thwarted by outstanding netminding sending the teams to the intermission tied at zero.

Early in the second the Brahmas had Jonny Hogue down and out in the waning moments of a Lone Star power play, but the puck bounced off the Jackalopes’ goalie into the slot. Zac Herman and Zach Zech took it the other way on an odd man rush with John Zimmerman back and Carson Kelley hustling to catch up with the play. Herman made the pass across to Zech on the far side. Alec Calvaruso slid across to seal off the far post and make the save, but as he fell to the ice his right pad ejected the puck sliding it across the line just 48 seconds into the period.

At the 8:44 mark, Odessa defenseman Nick Wilson grabbed the puck in front of the Jackalopes’ bench and tried to send it all the way across the ice to Chase Thudium, but Kelley read the play and picked it off cleanly in neutral ice. Kelley went into the zone with speed and ripped it from the top of the near circle past the glove hand of Houge off the bar and in.

Once again the teams went to their respective locker rooms with the score knotted up this time at one apiece.

Neither team was able to find the twine in the third period sending the game to overtime and handing the Brahmas the point they needed to clinch a playoff spot in the NAHL South Division.

It took Lone Star only 1:23 to put the game away after Kelley dropped the puck back to the Brahmas’ end of the ice to Blake Evennou. The defenseman sent it across to Justin Addamo coming off the bench then accepted the return pass before barreling up the right wing. Evennou blew past Ludwig Stenlund and blasted it from just inside the far circle past the glove hand for the game winner.

The Brahmas doubled up the Jackalopes in shots on goal 30 – 15. Lone Star had their chances on special teams with seven power plays, but were unable to cash in with the man advantage. Fortunately, the penalty kill did it’s job and held Odessa scoreless on four opportunities. The win put a stop to the Brahmas three game losing streak and should make for a better week as they prepare for their trip to Corpus Christi next weekend.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Wichita Falls at Shreveport

The Wildcats salvaged a split with the Mudbugs. Ilya Skvortsov had the only goal in the second then Ryan Burnett picked up the game winner in the third after Shreveport tied it up earlier in the period. George McBey stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced for the win.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

 

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Lone Star Brahmas

48

36 11 1 0

73

Shreveport Mudbugs

43

25 15 1 2

53

Wichita Falls Wildcats

44

24 15 3 2

53

Corpus Christi IceRays

43

24 15 1 3

52

Odessa Jackalopes

44

17 22 5 0

39

Amarillo Bulls

43

15 20 7 1

38

Topeka RoadRunners

48

15 28 4 1

35

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