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Brahmas Come Up Just Short Against Rebels

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Andy Willis scored the Brahmas first power play goal of the season, but it was not enough as Lone Star fell to the Philadelphia Rebels 4-3.


Saturday morning saw a reprisal of the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup Championship game with the Lone Star Brahmas and Philadelphia Rebels lining up for the final day of the NAHL Showcase. Lone Star who had gotten off to a sluggish start offensively came out of their shell on Friday taking a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Magicians to run their season record to 2-1-0-2. Philadelphia came in with a record of 3-0-0-0 after a 3-1 win over the Corpus Christi Icerays on Friday.

The Rebels wasted no time in jumping out on top as Augie Moore fired a Diarmad DiMurro pass glove side on Ajay Fernandez just 13 seconds after the opening faceoff.

Lone Star finally broke the o-fer on the power play at the 12:05 mark of the first when Andy Willis carried the puck into the zone and delayed at the far point. Willis moved to the halfwall then fired one off of Jack Leavy with Justin Addamo in front. Addamo kept the rebound alive and Willis who had followed his shot put the puck into the back of the net.

Philadelphia came back with a power play goal of their own after Lone Star failed to clear the puck. Jensen Zerban found Aaron Maguyon at center and he scored with 5:58 left in the frame. The goal chased Fernandez from net to be replaced by Mitchell Gibson. On the ensuing faceoff the Rebels put the puck into the Brahmas’ zone for a puck battle along the far halfwall. Mack Byers managed to pull the puck out of the mass of humanity, carried it across the crease and lifted it blocker side. Assists on the play were credited to Noah Finstrom and Julian Makary.

After going 0-21 on the power play to start the season, Lone Star scored their second of the period at 19:47. After setting up in the attacking zone, Drew Lennon ripped one toward net that went off a Rebel’s defenseman and arched over the head of Leavy and into the back of the net.

Philadelphia drew first blood in the second as well off a scramble in front of Fernandez who was back in net to open the frame. Hugh Quinn had the goal that just snuck past the right skate. Maguyon picked up his second point of the contest with the lone assist. Time of the goal was 9:41.

6:30 into the third Aidan Spellacy carried the puck into the zone and put a shot of Leavy then grabbed his own rebound. He carried the puck behind the net, wrapped it around the near post and under the sprawling Rebels netminder. The puck snuck across the line under the left pad, but from his vantage point referee Tyler Brumfield was unable to see it and blew the play dead. Julian Biondo gave the Brahmas life with 4:12 coming off the bench and accepting a pass from Emack Bentley. Biondo carried it to the high slot and sent a bomb high glove side. Lone Star put a lot of pressure on the last minute of play, but were unable to get the equalizer falling 4-3.

The Lone Star penalty kill was 3-4 allowing their first power play goal of the season while the power play was 2-5.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Corpus Christi at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

The Icerays picked up a point in the standings with a shootout loss to the Knights. Matt Novo got the scoring started in the second, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tied it up before the end of the period. In the third, Angus Scott scored an unassisted power play goal, but once again the Knights would pull even to force the overtime and ultimately a shootout. Chad Veltri made 35 saves through overtime then allowed a single goal in the shootout to take the loss.

Odessa at Johnstown

Odessa pulled a big 5-1 win out of their contest against the Tomahawks. Brenden Stanko and Petr Miko staked the Jackalopes to a 2-0 lead in the first. Evan Somoza and Lucas Andersson would add to the lead in the second before Johnstown could get on the board. Miko added a goal in the final frame. Alex Camarre made 24 saves in the win.

Amarillo at Northeast

After a scoreless first period, the Bulls jumped out to a one goal lead on a Stephen Rex goal in the second. They carried that lead into the third where the Generals staged a comeback. At the 11:34, Northeast took their first lead of the day. Amarillo pulled even with just 1:04 left in the contest sending the game to overtime. Just 13 seconds into the extra frame, Northeast git the game winner. Alexie Masanko faced 22 shots in the overtime loss.

Topeka at Fairbanks

This game pitted two teams who had skated to completely opposite outcomes in the Showcase. Fairbanks had won all three of their games while Topeka had come up on the short end of all three they had played. However, Saturday belonged to the RoadRunners. Adrian Elefalk logged the only goal of the opening period giving Topeka the early lead. Will Schlagenhauf added to the lead in the second. They put the game away in the third with goals from Nigel Nelson and Nick Schultze. Emil Gransoe made an amazing 54 saves in the shutout win.

Shreveport at Brookings

Brookings held a one goal lead going into the second. Brendan VanSweden tied it up 4:20 into the second then Brendan Gysbers handed Shreveport the lead at 14:02. Brooking came back again early in the third before Gabe Wahl scored the game winner later in the frame. Gustavs Gringals was in net for the win making 22 saves.


NAHL South Results at Showcase

Shreveport 4 0 0 0 8
Amarillo 3 0 1 0 7
Odessa 3 1 0 0 6
Lone Star 1 2 0 1 3
Topeka 1 3 0 0 2
Corpus Christi 0 3 0 1 0


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