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Brahmas Roll Over Icerays 5-1 Complete Sweep

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Kimball Johnson scored his first of the season on a third period power play as the Lone Star Brahmas rolled over the Corpus Christi Icerays 5-1 on Saturday. With the win the Brahmas wrapped up two straight weekend series sweeps of NAHL South opponents.

 

Saturday night play opened with the Lone Star Brahmas facing the Corpus Christi Icerays looking for their second sweep in a row. The Brahmas controlled play early on Friday night putting up three goals in the first 20 minutes of play. On Saturday night however, it was the Icerays that controlled play in the opening frame.

A broken play in neutral ice late in the first turned Garrett Hallford loose with the puck with Drew Lennon back to defend. Hallford carried it down the middle then hit Brendan Miller on the left wing for a shot over the glove hand of Mitchell Gibson at 18:57.

The Brahmas pulled even with a power play goal at the 10:54 mark of the second. Connor Pooley moved the puck from the far corner to Ture Linden at the rightwing halfwall. Linden found Justin Addamo in the high slot for a quick touch pass to Pooley who had gone to the far post for a back hander under the right pad of Chad Veltri. Just 2:11 later they cashed in another man advantage. Julian Biondo got it started moving the puck from the near wall to Kyle Hallbauer at the top of the near circle. Hallbauer’s  blast along the ice was tipped by Addamo changing directions five hole.

Biondo came up huge for the Brahmas at 7:24 of the third with Lone Star killing a 5 on 3 Icerays power play. Hallbauer stripped the puck in corner and fed it up to Biondo at the halfwall. He went off the glass trying to clear the zone, but the puck was held in by Rylee St Onge. Biondo knocked the puck away from the Icerays forward and was off the the races with St Onge and Blake Coffey trying to get back. St Onge drug Biondo down from behind and with the delayed penalty coming Biondo sliding on his stomach somehow managed to get a shot off that went off Veltri’s left pad and in. At 8:38 Lone Star opened it up with Owen Farris bumping the puck up to Austin O’Rourke along the far wall. O’Rourke headed up ice on a 3 on 2 rush with Addamo and Farris. O’Rourke hit Addamo in the high slot he made a move getting Coffey turned around then absolutely froze Veltri with a laser over the left shoulder.  With 3:50 left the power play came through again when Austin Bottrell saucered a pass from the far point to Connor Stuart at the blueline. Stuart found Kimball Johnson in the near circle for a wrister short side.

Lone Star outshot Corpus Christi 31-23 after being doubled up in the first byt the Icerays 8-4. The Brahmas’ power play which has come alive lately went 3-5 while holding Corpus Christi scoreless on five opportunities.

With the win, the Brahmas run their win streak to four with points in their last five games and are tied for second in the NAHL South with Odessa. The Brahmas will welcome the Jackalopes into NYTEX Sports Centre next weekend with sole possession of second place in the division on the line.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Topeka at Odessa

After going down by two goals in the early going, Peyton Frantti got the Jackalopes on the board with just 27 seconds left in the opening period of play. In the third they tacked on three more from Evan Rochowiak and Evan Somoza. Alex Camarre made 39 saves in the win.

Shreveport at Kenai River

Shreveport got goals in the first from Cameron Cook and Jordan Fader, but went into the first intermission down 3-2. Brendan VanSweden had the only goal of the middle frame to send it into the third tied up. Jay Feiwell gave the Mudbugs their first lead of the night in the third, but it was short lived with Kenai River knotting it up once again to force overtime and an eventual shootout where the Brown Bears would score the only goal. James Durham got the start but was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots. Gustavs Gringals allowed one goal on four shots faced to take the shootout loss.

Current NAHL South Standings

GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Shreveport Mudbugs 14 10 3 0 1 21
2 Lone Star Brahmas 14 7 4 1 2 17
3 Odessa Jackalopes 14 8 5 0 1 17
4 Amarillo Bulls 11 5 3 2 1 13
5 Topeka RoadRunners 15 6 9 0 0 12
6 Corpus Christi IceRays 14 4 8 1 1 10

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