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Brahmas Turn Corner With 3-2 Win Over Magicians

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Michael Montambault scored the game winner on the redirect of a Kyle Hallbauer shot late in the third as the Brahmas downed the Minnesota Magicians 3-2.

 

Friday afternoon marked the Lone Star Brahmas third game of the NAHL Showcase and first meeting with the Minnesota Magicians since September 17, 2015. In that game the Brahmas came up on the short end of a 3-2 decision.

Today the Brahmas jumped out to an early lead with the line of Austin O’Rourke, Julian Biondo and Aidan Spellacy back together again. On the play Biondo took the puck down the middle of the ice sending it to Spellacy at the near point. Spellacy fired a shot on Isaiah Saville from the top of the right wing circle and O’Rourke sent the rebound into the open net at the 2:31 mark.

Minnesota got on the board at the 7:24 mark of the second when Jackson Nauss picked up a loose puck just outside the Brahmas blueline and went streaking the other way with O’Rourke harassing him all the way. Nauss managed to find Carter Breitenfeldt trailing the play on the offside and he snuck it over Mitchell Gibson’s right pad. The goal was the first given up by Gibson in over 232 minutes of play.

It did not take long for the Brahmas to come up with an answer. Trevor Zenas picked up the puck at the near point and ripped it high blocker side through a Jared Domin screen with 5:30 left.

A two on one shorthanded goal for evened the score at two with just 1:35 left in the third. Breitenfeldt and Charlie Weiand went on the rush with Drew Lennon taking the passing lane, Breitenfeldt fired one off the pads of Gibson with the rebound jumping right to Weiand who deposited it before Gibson could recover.

Again the Brahmas refused to let the Minnesota tally go unanswered. Kyle Haullbauer accepted a pass from Zenas at the blue line and sent a bomb on net that was tipped by Michael Montambault, then off the skate of Jared Domin and behind Saville just over a minute after the equalizer.

Lone Star won the shots on goal battle as well 35-18, but the power play continued to struggle going 0-5 and allowing the shorthanded goal. The penalty kill on the other hand was 1-1.

 

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