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Brahmas Roll Over Bulls 6-1

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Second year forward Austin O'Rourke logged the first hat trick of the season for the Brahmas as they rolled over the Amarillo Bulls at the Amarillo Civic Center Friday night.

The Lone Star Brahmas traveled to the Texas Panhandle to face the Amarillo Bulls on Friday night looking to move ahead in the NAHL South standings. By the time the horn had sounded at the end of the game, Lone Star had left their stamp of the first of 12 meetings between the teams this season with a 6-1 win.

Just seconds into the contest Austin O’Rourke set the tone for the evening flattening Brendan Michaelian deep in the Bull’s zone giving Lone Star their first scoring chance. However, a Jared Domin cross checking minor at 1:52 put Amarillo on the man advantage. With only seven seconds gone on the power play Michaelian sent one from the blueline through traffic and past Mitchell Gibson glove side. Time of the goal was 1:59 of the first with Steven Ipri and Jon Russell getting credit for the assists. Lone Star kept up the physical play with Emack Bentley delivering a big hit at the Brahmas blueline then Philip Moteus doing the same behind the cage of Gibson. Unfortunately the Moteus hit drew a roughing minor. Only 13 seconds later a big hustle play by Julian Biondo drew a checking behind minor call on Anthony Firriolo.

Offsetting minors put the brahmas on a short 4 on 3 power play which almost gave way to a Bulls’ shorthanded goal. On the play Amarillo’s leading scorer Alex Peterson picked Kimball Johnson’s pocket in neutral ice and went streaking in on Gibson who flashed out the right pad to kick the shot away.

Coming out of the first period media timeout, Aidan Spellacy set up in the faceoff circle with Ipri. Spellacy won it cleanly back to Biondo who sent a laser over the left pad of Brandon Bussi at the 13:52 mark. Just 16 seconds after knotting the score at one, Biondo carried the puck down the right wing boards into the attacking zone before centering it to O’Rourke who sent it glove side on Bussi. At 16:13, Spellacy swiped the puck from Jovan Zimmerman at the far halfwall and fed it to O’Rourke coming down the slot. O’Rourke carried it below the hashmark and lifted a backhander high glove side for the two gal lead. With 1:21 left, Gibson robbed Peterson from the far hashmark to preserve the Lone Star lead.

A power play hat trick goal by O’Rourke built the lead to three at the 4:48 mark of period two. Kyle Hallbauer moved the puck from the near point to Biondo at the top of the far circle and he immediately sent it to O’Rourke at the near faceoff dot. O’Rourke’s big wrister flee under the crossbar and into the back of the net. The goal chased Bussi from the Amarillo net in favor of Alexie Masanko. The lead went to 5-1 when Will Stromp pushed the puck across to Michael Montambault and he skated through three defensemen below the goal line near side then hit Domin on the backdoor for the goal at 13:34.

With time winding down in the second and Lone Star on the power play Josh Martin misplayed the puck at the Amarillo blueline turning Jason Brancheau and Collin Price on a two on none rush. Gibson came out to face Brancheau who rang one off the crossbar with the puck jumping right to Price. However, Gibson stayed with the play and slapped away the rebound shot with the glove hand.

With 3:30 gone in the third a scrum broke out behind the Brahmas’ net after a late stick came in on Gibson after he froze a puck. The linesman pulled Collin Price out of the fray and as he was being led to the box Biondo was at the Lone Star bench getting instructions from Dan Wildfong when Price took a full swing with the stick to the back of Biondo’s leg. Biondo dropped the gloves and went after Price but the second linesman stepped in immediately to break them up.

Bentley picked up his first of the season digging a puck out of a scrum in front of Masanko and lifting it over the left pad. Johnson and Justin Addamo picked up the assists on the goal that came at the 15:42 mark of the period.

Shots on goal were 32-28 in favor of the Brahmas. The Lone Star penalty kill was 3-4 on the night while the power play went 1-7 on the evening.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Odessa at Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi carried a 1-0 lead into the third before Lucas Andersson tied it up late in the third. Zac Hermann scored the game winner for the Jackalopes 3:04 into the overtime. Brett Epp picked up the win making 35 saves.

Shreveport at Topeka

Nick Granowicz staked the RoadRunners to a first period lead. In the second Adrian Elefalk and Nigel Nelson came through for the home team. Topeka held on from that point to squeak out a 3-2 win with Emil Gransoe making 27 saves.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

South Division GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Shreveport Mudbugs 7 5 2 0 0 10
2 Odessa Jackalopes 6 4 2 0 0 8
3 Lone Star Brahmas 7 3 2 0 2 8
4 Amarillo Bulls 6 3 2 1 0 7
5 Topeka RoadRunners 7 3 4 0 0 6
6 Corpus Christi IceRays 7 1 4 1 1 4

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