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Lone Star Brahmas Down Amarillo Bulls 3 – 2

Photo courtesy of Meagan Sullivan: David Marabella had a breakaway shorthanded game winner against the Amarillo Bulls on Friday night as the Lone Star Brahmas won 3 - 2.


The Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls opened play on Friday night for their first meeting since a three game set in mid-October. Lone Star held a 4 – 1 – 0 record in the season series with a +9 goal differential at the start of play.

The Brahmas for the first time in weeks had a full complement of skaters getting Hunter Stanley, Troy York and Drake Glover back into the forward rotation along with defenseman Simon Loof who came back last weekend.

Amarillo opened the scoring just 4:54 into the first when NAHL leading scorer George Mika took a pass from Eric Cooley at the far half wall in the Bulls’ defensive zone. He started up ice jumping around a David Marabella check attempt and drove to the other end and the top of the far circle before blasting in over Alec Calvaruso’s blocker, off the crossbar and in.

With 7:21 to go, Glover and Austin Kamer went streaking into the zone on an odd man rush. Glover fired a backhander which Brandon Bussi just got a pad on. The puck appeared to bounce in, but Luke Edgerton made a big play to knock the puck off the goal line to bail out his goalie. At the 16:15 mark the Brahmas went on the power play. They set up in the zone with Pete Kessel giving John Zimmerman a cross ice feed up high. Zimmerman faked a slapper drawing the defender then slid it down to Kamer who fired it glove side at 17:17 to tie it up.

The second started much the same as the first with Mika scoring his second of the game. The puck was stalled in the far corner amid several bodies engaged in a puck battle. The puck squirted out of the tangle into the slot where Mika pounced on it faking a shot and getting Calvaruso to drop before lifting it over the glove hand. Time of the goal was 4:33 with Cooley getting the assist once again.

It took Lone Star 3:25 to come up with the response. This time Glover moved it from the far corner to Jakub Melisko at the near point. Melisko stick handled around two defender to the far hashmark before backhanding it to Kamer at the bottom of the near circle for a one timer into the twine. At 11:19, a Frank Trazzera cross checking minor gave Amarillo their first power play opportunity of the game. Even with the man advantage the Bulls could get nothing going due to the strong penalty killing play of the Brahmas. After a Lone Star clear, Amarillo tried to make a long neutral ice pass that was picked off by Carson Kelley. Kelley went down the left wing with Marabella on the right side for a two on one break. Kelley sent it over to Marabella and the Bulls’ Quinn Warmuth took away the passing lane, so Marabella rifled it over Bussi’s left shoulder for the 3 – 2 lead at 12:26.

A scoreless third period, made Marabella’s shorty the game winner.

The Brahmas outshot the Bulls 43 – 20 and the Lone Star special teams came up big going 1 – 6 on the power play with the penalty kill holding the Bulls to 0 – 4 and throwing in a shorthanded goal.


Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at Odessa

The Mudbugs picked up a 4 – 2 road win at the Ector County Coliseum. Gueorgui Feduolov had the only scoring of the first for Shreveport. After Odessa tied it up early in the second Kieran Durgan scored to to give the lead back to the Mudbugs. The Jackalopes pulled even again early in the third, but Cameron Cook scored a pair in under four minutes for the win. John Roberts made 40 saves for the victory.

Wichita Falls at Corpus Christi

The Wildcats came roaring back from a 3 – 1 first period deficit to force overtime. Nick Rosa had the lone tally for Wichita Falls in the first. After a scoreless middle frame, CJ Regula and Rosa with his second of the game knotted it up to force the extra period. CJ Walker put it away  with the overtime game winner. Jared Dempsey faced 37 shots in a winning effort.

Topeka at Springfield

Topeka jumped out to a two goal lead in the first, but the Jr Blues scored five of the next six for the win. Springfield got first period goals from Max Nylander and Patrick Smyth. It was Nick Granowicz in the second followed  by a pair of third period goals from Brennan Blazczak. Jordan Greenfield-Flemon was in net for the win.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

x – Lone Star Brahmas 51 38 12 1 0 77
Wichita Falls Wildcats 47 27 15 3 2 59
Shreveport Mudbugs 46 27 15 2 2 58
Corpus Christi IceRays 46 25 15 3 3 56
Odessa Jackalopes 47 18 24 5 0 41
Amarillo Bulls 46 15 23 7 1 38
Topeka RoadRunners 49 15 29 4 1 35


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