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Lone Star Brahmas Win A Wild One 3 – 1 Over Odessa Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: The Brahmas' Frank Trazzera had a third period tilt with the Jackalopes' Peyton Frantti which was part of the 285 total penalty minutes handed out during the game which Lone Star won 3 - 1.


Earlier this season the Lone Star Brahmas ran off a 14 game win streak that had some wondering if they would lose again in the regular season. Since losing the streak on February 10, the Brahmas have proven that they are indeed human by putting up a 4 – 5 – 1 record in their last 10 games. While Lone Star has little chance of slipping from the top spot in the NAHL South Division, they have fallen out of contention for the league regular season title and given playoff opponents a shot of courage when they enter the post season.

Friday night, the Brahmas jumped out to a two goal lead in the first only to see that lead vaporize with the Odessa Jackalopes scoring late in the first then netting two in the middle frame. Drake Glover had a power play tally just 48 seconds into the third to complete his hat trick and eventually force overtime. Unfortunately, they came up on the wrong end of the score losing only their second overtime contest in 12 overtime games.

Saturday’s meeting quickly turned into a track meet with the first whistle not coming until nearly five minutes into the period. The first big scoring chance came right at four minutes in when Austin O’Rourke and Aidan Spellacy went streaking into the offensive zone. O’Rourke fed the puck to Spellacy who made a tremendous move to the front and only a desperation save by Jonny Houge kept the game scoreless. The Brahmas went on 1:35 worth of 5 on 3 power play at the 9:00 mark and hit the iron three times, but never found the twine.

The Brahmas finally opened up the scoring at 1:14 of the middle frame after a puck battle along the endboards. Carson Kelley pulled it out of the pile and fed it to Troy York behind the net. His centering pass was right on the tape of Hunter Stanley who put it over the glove hand of Hogue. The South Division bad boy Connor Wood handed Lone Star a major power play with a cross check to Kelley at the 5:02 mark. Wood continued on into the Jackalopes defensive zone and after the whistle headbutted York earning the major and a game misconduct in addition to the two minute minor. The Brahmas had several close calls on the extended man advantage and at the 8:09 mark Trevor Zenas picked up his first point against his old teammates with a cross ice pass to Jakub Melisko who sent an absolute bomb off of Hogue from the near circle. O’Rourke swooped in to clean up the rebound laying in the paint. It took the Brahmas just 25 seconds to get another one when Spellacy got it back to Jack Zielinski who found David Marabella in front for a quick onetimer.

With 4:43 left, Austin Kamer was whistled for a charging major and game misconduct when he barreled over Hogue playing the puck behind the Odessa cage. Lone Star was controlling play a man down when Zielinski was called for a delay after dislodging the net giving Odessa a 5 on 3 of their own at 17:31. The Jackalopes cashed in 50 seconds into the power play after Max Prawdzik made a save on a Cooper Zech drive but the rebound went off the left skate of Alex Stoley right onto the tape of Ludwig Stenlund anchored just off the near post and he put it over the left pad. With two second left in the period the teams lined up for a faceoff just outside the Brahmas’ blueline and after the horn Zenas and Chase Thudium exchanged pleasantries with everyone else grabbing a man. Nick Wilson grabbed Stoley ripping his helmet off then WWE body slamming him to the ice before he started throwing rights at the Brahmas’ defenseman prone on the ice. When all was said and done Wilson got an early shower and 111 penalty minutes were handed out between the two teams.

At the 12:34 mark of the third, Frank Trazzera and Peyton Frantti dropped the gloves off the draw and had a spirited bout which looked to be fairly even until Trazzera landed a big right sending Frantti to the ice. Trazzera had the right cocked for another, but held up with Frantti on his backside. With 8.8 seconds left Julian Biondo and Cooper Zech came together in the corner behind the play with both dropping the gloves. Biondo controlled it from the get go throwing multiple rights dropping Zech.

Lone Star out shot Odessa 26 – 15 and were 2 – 11 on the power play while the Jackalopes were 1 – 6. A total of 285 penalty minutes were handed out in the contest.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Div.

Corpus Christi at Wichita Falls

After going into the third down 1 – 0, the Icerays got goals from Mason Krueger and Brendan Miller for the come from behind win. Tomas Vomacka made 36 saves in the win.

Shreveport at Amarillo

Brendan Walkom put Amarillo on the board with 44 seconds left in the first for the only goal in the opening frame. After Shreveport tied it up in the third, Colin Price had the game winner for the Bulls. Nikita Babinstsev was in net for the win.

Current NAHL South Div. Standings

x – Lone Star Brahmas 55 40 13 2 0 82
Shreveport Mudbugs 50 30 16 2 2 64
Wichita Falls Wildcats 51 29 17 3 2 63
Corpus Christi IceRays 50 27 16 3 4 61
Odessa Jackalopes 50 19 25 5 1 44
Amarillo Bulls 51 17 26 7 1 42
Topeka RoadRunners 50 16 29 4 1 37

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