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Brahmas Swept By RoadRunners In 2-1 OT Loss

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing: Michael Montambault had the Brahmas only goal on the night as Lone Star was swept by Topeka in a 2-1 OT loss.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas came into their game against the Topeka RoadRunners Saturday looking to rebound from a lackluster performance in game one of the series. Their performance early demonstrated that they felt they had something to prove.

In addition to some big hits by Kyle Hallbauer and Austin O’Rourke the offense and power play generated sustained pressure while the defense blocked shot after shot.

For the second night in a row the Brahmas jump out on top with a power play goal at 8:46 of the first. Connor Pooley got it started sliding the puck from the far halfwall to Jakub Sirota at the point. The big Czech defenseman fired a shot on net that Michael Montambault redirected past Connor Murphy. Sirota nearly made it a two goal lead with about 6:30 to play again on the power play with a cannon from the blueline off the post.

After an extended delay to replace a pane of glass between periods the second frame got underway. Back to back minors on Montambault starting at 4:40 put pressure on the Brahmas defense, but the penalty kill stood strong killing off all four minutes of the Topeka man advantage.

With 3:07 left in the period the RoadRunners caught the Brahmas in a bad line change and Alex Frye went streaking down the middle of the ice all alone. Connor Stuart got on his horse to chase Frye down disrupting the play late allowing Harrison Feeney to make the pad save. The puck went into the corner where Austin McCarthy sent it back to Frye who found Matt Barnes alone in the high slot for a big shot over the glove hand to knot the score at 1-1.

Despite controlling play for much of the third period, Lone Star was unable to find the back of the net. Then a questionable bench minor with 55 seconds left handed Topeka a power play that carried over into overtime with the RoadRunners skating with a 4 on 3 advantage for 1:05. However, it took Topeka only 12 seconds to get the game winner. They controlled the faceoff and Frye carried it into the zone then sent it across ice to Nick Granowicz. Granowicz immediately sent it back across to Frye and his wrister from the far circle snuck just under the crossbar glove side for the game winner.

Lone Star held a lopsided advantage in shots on goal at 32-21. The power play scored for the second game in a row going 1-6 and the penalty kill was 1-8 allowing only the overtime game winner.

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Corpus Christi at Amarillo

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Shreveport at Odessa

The Mudbugs came back from two down with goals from Jack Clement and Brendan Gysbers to force overtime and an eventual shootout. Zachary Faremouth and Jake Transit scored in the shootout for the win. Gustavs Gringals made 32 saves through overtime and stopped four of five in the shootout.

Current NAHL South Standings

GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Shreveport Mudbugs 10 8 2 0 0 16
2 Odessa Jackalopes 9 5 3 0 1 11
3 Topeka RoadRunners 10 5 5 0 0 10
4 Amarillo Bulls 8 4 3 1 0 9
5 Lone Star Brahmas 10 3 4 1 2 9
6 Corpus Christi IceRays 9 2 5 1 1 6

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