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Lone Star Brahmas Doubled Up By Amarillo Bulls

Photo courtesy of Meagan Sullivan Photography: Julian Biondo was one of the few bright spots for the Lone Star Brahmas in their 6 - 3 loss to the visiting Amarillo Bulls. Biondo accounted for two of the three Brahmas' goals and came withing a whisker of a hat trick on more than one occasion.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls met in game two of their three game series on Saturday night at NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, TX. Lone Star won game one by a score of 3 – 2. It was the first time in five games that the Brahmas had put more than two goals on the scoreboard.

At 6:20 of the first Eric Cooley dug the puck out of the far corner and centered it to George Mika who had snuck into the slot and his onetimer was past Max Prawdzik blocker side.  It was Mika’s third goal of the weekend.

Lone Star’s highlight of the period came courtesy of Jack Zielinski who absolutely destroyed Brendan Walkom with a huge check along the far boards to dislodge the puck and disrupt an Amarillo rush up ice.

It didn’t take long into the second period for Julian Biondo to throw the team on his back and tie it up with a tremendous individual effort. Biondo got it started stealing the puck on a backcheck in the high slot then skated to the far hashmark before firing a shot off Brandon Bussi. Biondo stayed with it and sent the rebound into the back of the net. Time of the goal was 0:23 of the second.

Amarillo came right back when the puck was lofted into the Brahmas’ defensive zone and was gloved down by John Zimmerman with Charlie Singerhouse all over him. Zimmerman tried to fling the puck between his legs to Jakub Melisko, but Singerhouse picked it off, skated in and put it past Prawdzik’s right skate. Amarillo went up two when Alex Truscott picked up a bobbled puck at the Amarillo blueline and went the other way all alone. Prawdzik denied the shoot but the puck went off the glass, back over the crossbar and in off of the Brahmas’ netminders back for a shorthanded goal at 8:46. A tussle in front of the Bulls’ bench resulted in an Amarillo power play that they converted immediately. Amarillo won the faceoff and Truscott slid it across to Cooley in the far circle and his shot went off of Prawdzik’s blocker and in at 10:35 chasing Prawdzik from the net in favor of Alec Calvaruso.

Biondo picked up his second of the contest after Austin O’Rourke knocked the puck free in front of the Brahmas’ bench and carried it into the zone before pulling it to the slot around Jacob Nitche and sent it back over Bussi’s right shoulder with 56 seconds left to play in the period.

Amarillo went back up three early in the third with Cooley taking the puck from Mika behind the net then curling out front and putting it over Calvaruso’s left pad at 1:13.

At the 6:10 mark, Jordan Wishman corralled the puck in the Brahmas’ end of the ice and sent a breakout pass to Troy York at the Bulls’ blueline for a touch pass to Pete Kessel. Kessel walked it to the top of the leftwing circle and  fired it glove side to pull within two.

Lone Star pulled Calvaruso with 3:35 to go and it took the Bulls just 20 seconds to take advantage of the empty net with Marcus Chorney sending the puck 200 feet into the open net.

The Brahmas once again won the shots on goal battle 28 – 19 but lost the special teams play going 0 – 4 while Amarillo was 1 – 3 plus scored a shorthanded goal.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Div

Shreveport at Odessa

Cameron Cook got things started for Shreveport early in the contest, but the Odessa Jackalopes came back with three straight to take a two goal lead into the third. Cook scored his second of the game followed by Jackson Hartje to force overtime. The game eventually went to a shootout where Kyle Kawamura and Frankie Melton scored for the Mudbugs while John Roberts stopped two of the three he faced for the win.

Wichita Falls at Corpus Christi

The Icerays earned a split with the Wichita Falls Wildcats on Saturday. Corpus Christi went into the third period holding a 3 – 2 lead thanks to a first period goal from Cody Fleckenstein then tallies by Garrett Hallford and Nathan Bryer in the second. The final 20 minutes was all Icerays as David Baskerville, Jayson Dimizio, David Thomson and Bryer scored to run away it. Tomas Vomacka picked up the win making 28 saves. 

Topeka at Springfield

Marshall Bowery scored an unassisted goal in the first to pull the RoadRunners even going into the first intermission. After Springfield had gone back up early in the second, Max Harper once again brought Topeka bock even. In the third Alex Frye had the only goal of the period and Ryan Snowden made 39 saves for the win.

Current NAHL South Div Standings

GP W L OTL SOL PTS
x – Lone Star Brahmas 52 38 13 1 0 77
Shreveport Mudbugs 47 28 15 2 2 60
Wichita Falls Wildcats 48 27 16 3 2 59
Corpus Christi IceRays 47 26 15 3 3 58
Odessa Jackalopes 48 18 24 5 1 42
Amarillo Bulls 47 16 23 7 1 40
Topeka RoadRunners 50 16 29 4 1 37

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