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Brahmas Score OT Win Over Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Defenseman Kyle Hallbauer (left) scored the game winner in overtime against Odessa on a perfect feed from Austin Bottrell as the Brahmas claimed sole possession of second place in the NAHL South Division.

 

Friday night pitted two teams tied for second place in the NAHL South with the Lone Star Brahmas hosting the Odessa Jackalopes at NYTEX Sports Centre. Two weeks ago, the Brahmas rolled into the Ector County Coliseum and took a pair from the Jackalopes.

The Brahmas came in riding a four game win streak while the Jackalopes had won their last three. The first period looked every bit like a pairing of evenly matched teams ticking off with neither team finding the back of the net.

With nearly two minutes gone in the second Blake Bride and Brandon Osmundson came in on a two on one rush. Ryan Orgel forced Bride wide right and dropped to block a potential shot forcing the pass. Osmundson accepted the puck just outside the crease, but Harrison Feeney slid across to make the big pad save. Lone Star had a golden opportunity with 8:44 to go in the frame when Michael Montambault raced it up the far side and found Justin Addamo streaking down the slot. Brett Epp managed to kick aside the Addamo shot to keep it knotted at zero.

Then at the 15:37 mark, Orgel gloved down a clearing attempt at the far point. Julian Biondo grabbed the loose puck and slid it across ice to Ture Linden at the top of the near circle as Orgel made a move to the right wing faceoff dot to receive the pass from Linden. Orgel wound up and drove it off the right pad of Epp and in for the first goal of the contest.

With time winding down in the second, Bride got loose down the wall in front of the Odessa bench and fired one on net. The shot snuck through Feeney, but Kyle Hallbauer came swooping in to swat the puck away before it could crawl across the line.

With the Brahmas skating a man down, Evan Somoza made a move to the front of the net with the puck, but a poke check by Feeney took the puck off his stick. Unfortunately for Feeney the puck bounced off the skate of Evan Rochowiak and just inside the near side post. Time of the power play goal was 10:16 of the third.  The balance of the third went by with no further scoring leading to a five minute three on three overtime.

Just 1:22 into the extra period, Hallbauer stripped Bride of the puck along the far halfwall and sent it to Austin Bottrell racing up the left wing side. Nick Wilson hustled back to take away the shooting lane from Bottrell who lifted a perfect saucer pass over the sliding defender to Hallbauer at the near hash mark for a perfect redirect over the glove hand.

Odessa controlled the shots on goal battle 31-18 and scored the only power play goal of the night going 1-5 while the Brahmas were 0-5. However, Lone Star came out on top extending their win streak to five games with points in six straight. Odessa saw their win streak stopped at, but the Jackalopes have points in four straight. The same two teams will meet on Saturday with second place in the South Division on the line.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Topeka at Springfield

Going into the third down 2-0, the RoadRunners forced overtime with Nick Granowicz and Joey Moore scoring to even the score at two. The Moore goal came with just 53 seconds left on the clock. The game eventually went to a shootout where Topeka failed to score while both Springfield shooters found the back of the net. Connor Murphy took the loss for Topeka despite a 34 save performance.

Corpus Christi at Amarillo

It was Simon Moberg show in Amarillo. The Bulls forward scored once in the first, once in the second and twice in the third while Jason Grande pitched a 4-0 shutout stopping all 39 shots that came his way.

Shreveport at Fairbanks

Brendan Gysbers and Jake Transit staked the Mudbugs to a 2-0 first period lead, but Shreveport could not maintain the momentum. Fairbanks came back with three in the second and one in the third for the 4-2 win. The Mudbugs’ James Durham faced 28 shots in the loss.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Shreveport Mudbugs 15 10 4 0 1 21
2 Lone Star Brahmas 15 8 4 1 2 19
3 Odessa Jackalopes 15 8 5 1 1 18
4 Amarillo Bulls 12 6 3 2 1 15
5 Topeka RoadRunners 16 6 9 0 1 13
6 Corpus Christi IceRays 15 4 9 1 1 10

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