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Brahmas Find More Magic In Overtime Bottle

Photo courtesy of Meagan Sullivan Photography: Pete Kessel and Drake Glover bookended the Brahmas scoring Wednesday as Lone Star picked up their second OT victory of the NAHL South Division Finals against the Corpus Christi Icerays. With the win the Brahmas forced a decisive game five on Saturday night back on home ice at the NYTEX Sports Centre.


Looking up at a two games to one deficit in the best of five series, the Lone Star Brahmas took to the ice against the Corpus Christi Icerays Wednesday in a do or die contest. Lone Star had picked up the win in game one on home ice with a come from behind 4-3 overtime thriller. In game two the Brahmas suffered their first shutout loss of the season 3-0 and followed that up with a 4-1 loss on Tuesday night.

With back to back losses by a combined 7-1 score, the Brahmas who had run away with the NAHL South Division race had to be hoping for a return to form to force a decisive game five.

Famous wordsmith and Baseball Hall of Famer, Yogie Berra, would have exclaimed that game four looked like Déjà vu all over again with the game following the same script that had played out on opening night. The first 20 minutes of play clicked of in a scoreless tie and with 11 combined shots on goal much like the first period of game one. Again it was the Brahmas who drew first blood when Pete Kessel onetimed an Austin Kamer pass from the leftwing circle beating Tomas Vomacka. Brahmas forward Drake Glover picked up the secondary assist on the goal at the 7:08 mark.

In game one it took the Icerays 1:17 to respond to the Brahmas’ opening tally. On this night it took them all of 50 seconds to pull even when Mason Kreuger tucked home a Brad Power rebound to even the score. Corpus Christi took the lead at the 10:40 mark on the power play with Krueger redirecting a shot from Power in front of Max Prawdzik. Fortunately for the Brahmas this is where the plots of the two games parted ways a bit and they went into the second intermission trailing by a single goal.

Carson Kelley would find a loose puck in the right circle at the 6:00 minute mark of the third and rifled it past Vomacka for the unassisted equalizer. Both defenses and the goaltenders buckled down from that point and despite 26 shots on goal in the period the Kelley tally was the only scoring of the frame.

Having won 12 of 14 contests extending beyond regulation this season the Brahmas had to feel good about the chances entering the overtime period. Just 32 seconds into the extra time, Glover took a hard carom off the endwall and slammed it into the twine to lock down the win.

Shots on goal were 33-26 in favor of the victorious Brahmas squad. However, it was Corpus Christi who held the slight edge in special teams play going 1-1 on the power play while holding Lone Star off the board in two attempts.

The series will culminate in a winner take all game five Saturday night at NYTEX Sports Centre with the winner advancing to the Robertson Cup Finals in Duluth, MN on May 11-14. Puck drop Saturday is scheduled for 7:30 PM and Brahmaland is sure to be rocking as the Brahma Faithful pack the Shoebox.


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