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Lone Star Offense Sputters Against Amarillo

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: For the third time this season, Mitchell Gibson received no offensive support in a 3-0 shutout loss the the Amarillo Bulls.

 

Coming off a big 6-1 win on Friday night the Lone Star Brahmas faced the Amarillo Bulls looking to make it two in a row and build some momentum.

From the opening faceoff the ice was tilted slightly in Amarillo’s favor. Then at 7:22, the teams set up for a faceoff to Jason Grande’s right. Owen Farris won it cleanly back to Philip Moteus for a wrister off of Grande that Emack Bentley put in the back of the net. However, the referee blew the whistle wrongly thinking Grande had control of the puck and waived off the goal.

The no goal seemed to take a little more air out of the Brahmas’ sails. Amarillo put the puck deep behind the cage of Mitchell Gibson where a puck battle ensued. Brett Abdelnour somehow managed to punch the puck out to Marcus Chorney at the far hashmark for a quick shot over the glove hand at 9:58.

Despite being the beneficiaries of three Amarillo minor penalties in the first the Brahmas were not able to solve Grande and only outshot the Bulls 12-7 in the period.

With 5:27 to go in the middle frame and play stopped the fireworks erupted in front of the Brahmas’ bench. Frank Trazzera and and Alex Peterson drew roughing minors out of the mix up while Quinn Warmuth was pulled away from the fray by Michael Montambault and immediately turned and started firing rights at the Lone Star forward. Montambault took a few before coming back with a right of his own then jerseyed Warmuth and landed a right with Warmuth on his knees before being separated.

Austin O’Rourke was whistled for a cross check early in the third leading to another Amarillo power play opportunity. On the resulting power play, Amarillo was working the puck around the perimeter when Chorney sent it to Brendan Michaelian at the far point. He fired one on net that Jon Russell redirected off the inside of the right post and past the glove hand at 5:05. With 28 seconds remaining, Collin Price sent the puck from his own blueline into an empty net for the 3-0 final.

Amarillo outshot Lone Star 33-26. The Brahmas’ power play was 0-5 and the penalty kill was 1-2. The shutout loss was the third for Lone Star in eight games played this season. The up and down offensive performance must have Head Coach Dan Wildfong scratching his head.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Odessa at Corpus Christi

Odessa went up on top at 1:18 into the game thanks to a goal from Evan Rochowiak. After Corpus Christi tied it up, Petr Miko found the back of the net to push the Jackalopes ahead again. After a scoreless second, Evan Somoza scored on the power play. The Icerays had an answer to the goal, but Somoza came back once again. Rochowiak added an empty netter to put the icing on the cake. Brett Epp picked up the win making 30 saves.

Shreveport at Topeka

The Mudbugs got a bit of revenge in Topeka after last night’s loss. Cole Quisenberry got them started in the first. There was no scoring in the second leading to a third where Derek Contessa and Quisenberry sandwiched tallies around a Topeka goal. James Durham was credited with the win facing 27 shots.

Current NAHL South Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Shreveport Mudbugs 8 6 2 0 0 12
2 Odessa Jackalopes 7 5 2 0 0 10
3 Amarillo Bulls 7 4 2 1 0 9
4 Lone Star Brahmas 8 3 3 0 2 8
5 Topeka RoadRunners 8 3 5 0 0 6
6 Corpus Christi IceRays 8 1 5 1 1 4

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