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Brahmas Handed 4-3 OT Loss By Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Drake Glover recorded his second hat trick of the season, but it was not enough as the Lone Star Brahmas suffered a 4 - 3 OT loss at the hands of the Odessa Jackalopes.


The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes opened their last meeting of the regular season on Friday night at NYTEX Sports Centre. The Brahmas entered play holding a 17 point lead in the NAHL South despite a recent stretch of .500 hockey while Odessa, setting in fifth place 17 points behind Corpus Christi was trying to cling to their quickly fading playoff hopes.

The contest got underway with both teams doing their best to establish a physical presence on the ice. Lone Star broke through when Jakub Melisko sent a pass up to Drake Glover in neutral ice and he immediately sent it across ice to Pete Kessel at the near point. Glover followed the puck to the middle for the return pass from Kessel then skated to the near hashmark and using Christian Hausinger as a screen lifted a backhander over Jonny Hogue’s right shoulder at the 7:03 mark.

Odessa had the first power play opportunity of the night, but the Brahmas’ penalty kill stood tall as usual thanks to a big shot block by Jordan Wishman and an outstanding left shoulder save by Alec Calvaruso on a bomb from the right faceoff dot.

Lone Star scored a power play goal of their own when Kessel stick handled just inside the zone on the near side allowing his teammates to settle in. He finally moved it across to John Zimmerman on the far side for a big onetimer that Glover redirected in front at 16:41.

With 46.9 left in the first, Melisko made an ill-advised pass from below the goal line that was picked off by Zach Heintz at the bottom of the near circle and he sent it five hole on Calvaruso to cut the lead to one going into the first intermission.

Early in the second a questionable holding call on Zimmerman handed the Jackalopes their second power play opportunity of the night. Lone Star looked to have everything well in hand when Alex Stoley tried to skate the puck out of the zone only to lose it to Ryan MacKellar at the blueline. Mackellar skated in and fired one on goal that Calvaruso kicked aside, but Chase Thudium jumped on the rebound and put it over the left pad. Time of the goal was 5:36. Odessa took their first lead of the night with 9:41 left on the clock in the second. Hausinger moved the puck from the blueline to Rune Kirby on the far point for a blast past two Brahmas’ defenders, off Calvaruso’s glove hand and in. The goal chased Calvaruso from the net in favor of Max Prawdzik.

Going into the third period the Brahmas were looking at a one goal deficit after Odessa scored twice in the second while holding Lone Star off the board.

Going into the third period the Brahmas were looking at a one goal deficit after Odessa scored twice in the second while holding Lone Star off the board. With Heintz already in the box for holding to start the period, Nick Wilson was whistled for boarding Austin Kamer giving the Brahmas a 5 on 3 power play 33 seconds into the frame. It took Glover just 15 seconds to knot the score with his second hat trick of the season. Lone Star seemed to control play for the remainder of the stanza, but were unable to solve Hogue again pushing the game to overtime.

With just 1:11 gone in the extra period, Hausinger flipped a pass across ice to Ludwig Stenlund who went around Troy York cut to the middle and put it off of Prawdzik’s pads. Stenlund stayed with the rebound and tucked it inside the left post for the game winner.

The Brahmas outshot the Jackalopes 29 – 24 on the night. Lone Star was 2 – 5 on the power play while Odessa was 1 – 5. The loss was only the second time the Brahmas have not picked up the extra point in 12 overtime contests.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Div.

Corpus Christi at Wichita Falls

Matt Hanewall and Ryan Orgel staked the Wildcats to a 2 – 1 lead going into the middle frame. Nick Rosa and Ilya Skvortsov added to the lead, before Corpus Christi staged a comeback that fell one goal short. Evan Moyse logged the win making 31 saves.

Shreveport at Amarillo

The Mudbugs’ Kieran Durgan scored in the first and Croix Evingson in the second and that was more than enough as John Roberts stopped all 37 shots he faced for the shutout.

Current NAHL South Div. Standings

x – Lone Star Brahmas 54 39 13 2 0 80
Shreveport Mudbugs 49 30 15 2 2 64
Wichita Falls Wildcats 50 29 16 3 2 63
Corpus Christi IceRays 49 26 16 3 4 59
Odessa Jackalopes 49 19 24 5 1 44
Amarillo Bulls 50 16 26 7 1 40
Topeka RoadRunners 50 16 29 4 1 37

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