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Brahmas’ Offense Struggles Again In 3-2 Loss

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Jared Domin scored late for the Brahmas to cut the lead to one, but Lone Star was unable to find the equalizer dropping a 3-2 decision to the Topeka RoadRunners at the Kansas Expo Center.

The Lone Star Brahmas traveled to Topeka for a weekend set against the RoadRunners. Friday night marked the ninth straight on the road for Lone Star to open the season.

After a sloppy start to the game from both sides, the Brahmas began to come together and generate some scoring chances on the penalty kill. They used that momentum to open things up a bit and went on a man advantage of their own at the 18:00 mark of the first. Two of the newest Brahmas combined  to put Lone Star up by one with just 30 seconds left to play. Aidan Spellacy sent Connor Pooley and Ture Lindon into the zone with Pooley sending it off of Emil Gransoe’s pads with Lindon jumping on the rebound for the goal.

The second started poorly for the Brahmas then Justin Addamo’s third minor penalty of the game gave Topeka an early power play. They nearly tied it up sending one off the post leaving a rebound attempt at an open net. Kyle Hallbauer gave up the body to making a big shot block to preserve the one goal lead. Then at 5:16 an odd bounce off the station put Will Schlagenhauf in the far circle with the puck on his tape and the Brahmas defense chasing. Schlagenhauf found Nick Granowicz cutting in on the near side for a one timer past the glove hand of Mitchell Gibson. Topeka took the lead with 6:02 left in the second when Dallas Tulik carried it down the far side on a two on one rush. Tulik skated to the top of the far circle and ripped one high glove side on Gibson.

The score went to 3-1 on a fluky goal as the puck bounced high in the air, off the back of Owen Farris and bounced over Gibson who had no idea where the puck was. Time of the goal was 6:58 with Nigel Nelson getting credit for the goal. Sam Martel and Granowicz got the assists.

With 1:02 left to play and the Brahmas skating with the extra attacker, Addamo controlled the puck behind the Topeka net and shoveled it out front to Chase Pletzke. His shot went off of Gransoe and Jared Domin put it five hole on the scrambling netminder.

Shots on goal were 35-21 in favor of Lone Star. The Lone Star power play let them down once again going 1-5, but generating little in the way of scoring chances after the late first period goal. The penalty kill held Topeka to 0-5 continuing their strong play on the season.

Despite the loss, there were some bright spots from the recently acquired players. Lindon and Pooley made their presence knows on the offensive side with Lindon having three or four good scoring opportunities. Yakub Sirota also looked good on the backend protecting the puck and generating some offense displaying a big shot from the blueline.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at Odessa

Jake Transit got it kicked off for the Mudbugs scoring 5:37 into the contest for the only goal of the opening frame. Brendan VanSweden pushed the Shreveport lead to two in the second. Odessa cut into the lead in the third, but just 30 seconds later VanSweden scored to break any Jackalope momentum. Derek Contessa added another third period tally for the 4-1 final. James Durham stopped 22 of 23 for the win.


Current NAHL South Standings

1 Shreveport Mudbugs 9 7 2 0 0 14
2 Odessa Jackalopes 8 5 3 0 0 10
3 Amarillo Bulls 7 4 2 1 0 9
4 Topeka RoadRunners 9 4 5 0 0 8
5 Lone Star Brahmas 9 3 4 0 2 8
6 Corpus Christi IceRays 8 1 5 1 1 4

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