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Brahmas Keep Overtime Train Rolling With 3-2 Win

Photo courtesy of Meagan Sullivan Photography: Drake Glover scored the overtime game winner as the Lone Star Brahmas took a one game lead in their best of three series against the Janesville Jets to open the Robertson Cup Championships.

 

Thursday marked the start of the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship Tournament with the Lone Star Brahmas facing the Janesville Jets at the Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center in Duluth, MN. Despite North Richland Hills being over 1300 miles from Duluth and Janesville just over 350 miles, the Brahmas faithful, including former fan favorite Hogan Davidson, nearly outnumbered those pulling for the Jets.

The game got off to a quick start with both teams trying to establish dominance with big hits along the boards. Lone Star struck first just 3:42 into the contest after Austin Kamer set Drake Glover up for a quick wrister from the far circle. Jacob Barczewski had the answer for the Glover shot, but left the rebound in front for Pete Kessel to fire over the sprawled netminder.

Janesville knotted the score at one apiece in the second on a tick tack passing play deep. Cullen Munson skated the puck to the top of the far circle with speed then sent it across to Kip Hoffmann trailing on the left wing. Hoffmann’s shot found its way between Max Prawdzik’s right arm and body at 8:31. The Jets took the lead with 6:49 remaining in the period on a two on one break by Keegan Miller and Ian Malcolmson with Simon Loof back to defend. Miller’s onetimer from Malcolmson found the twine glove side.

The Brahmas’ power play which was rather anemic during the previous round against the Icerays found some life in their first attempt of the night. Kessel controlled the puck deep to Barczewski’s left and sent it to Brahmas’ Captain John Zimmerman at the point for a shot through traffic and past the glove hand at 6:49 of the third. The balance of the period ran off the clock with no further scoring sending the Brahmas to overtime for the fifth time in their last seven playoff games.

At the 13:00 minute mark of the overtime period, Glover picked up a loose puck off a Jets defender and took it between the hashmarks and ripped it top shelf for the game winner. Kessel logged the assist on the goal for his third point of the night.

The shots on goal battle was a tight one with Lone Star holding a one shot edge 33-30. Lone Star also scored the only power play goal of the night going 1-2 while holding Janesville to 0-2.

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Elsewhere in the Robertson Cup Championship

The Aston Rebels took game one of their series against the Aberdeen Wings by a 4-2 margin. Carter Wooley and Gianluca Esteves put Aston up 2-0 in the first. Dom Garcia added one in the second as the Rebels opened a three goal lead.  Colton Fletcher and Kevin Fitzgerald got Aberdeen on the board before the end of the frame. Drew Blackmun had an empty netter for the final tally. Mareks Mitens made 30 saves in the winning effort while Forbes Ploszaj took the loss on 20 saves.

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