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Brahmas Take Home Opener 4-2 Over Icerays

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Aidan Spellacy puts one past the Icerays netminder for his first goal and eighth point of the season as the Brahmas downed the Icerays 4-2 in the home opener.

The Lone Star Brahmas kicked off the home portion of the NAHL Schedule Friday with the Corpus Christi Icerays at NYTEX Sports Centre. Prior to puck drop, the Brahmas unveiled their new Robertson Cup National Champion Banner and presented Championship Rings to the returning players at center ice.

The Brahmas rode the early excitement from the pre-game ceremonies to an early lead thanks to a Michael Steinocher roughing minor just 3:14 into the contest. With 28 seconds left in the man advantage. Ryan Orgel skated it up the ice before sending it to Chase Pletzke at the far point. Pletzke wound up then fired it across to Ture Linden who fired it on net for Orgel to redirect past Chad Veltri for the early one goal lead. Just 1:38 later, the lead would go to two when Emack Bentley knocked the puck loose at center ice with Drew Lennon taking it into the zone. Lennon displayed good vision finding Pletzke crashing the back door for a shot of Veltri’s left pad and in. However, the Brahmas were no done and at 14:50 Connor Pooley stole the puck in neutral ice sending Aidan Spellacy racing down the near boards. Spellacy flew past Trevor Wilhelm and ripped it glove side. Lone Star controlled the period from puck drop scoring as many goals as the Icerays had shots on goal.

At the 7:05 mark of the second a cross checking major by Justin Addamo well behind the play handed the icerays a five minute power play. The Lone Star penalty kill was up to the task allowing only three shots on goal. However, only a big save by Mitchell Gibson on the third kept the Icerays off the board. On the play a puck went off a body in front leaving Garrett Hallford alone at the far hashmark with an open net in front of him. Gibson pushed hard to go post to post and shrug the shot off with his right shoulder.

With the Brahmas on the power play in the third, Brendan Miller grabbed the puck in his own zone and went streaking the other way with Kyle Hallbauer and Lennon in hot pursuits, but neither Brahmas defender could catch the speedy forward. Miller drove into the slot and put it blocker side on Gibson to cupt the lead to two. Time of the unassisted shorthanded goal was 8:33.

With 1:35 remaining Michael Montambault took the puck down the near boards past the Icerays bench fending off a defender with the free hand  and scored into the empty net. Linden and Austin O’Rourke we credited with the assists on the play.

Corpus Christi would score a late power play goal on a broken play in front of Gibson’s cage as the puck jumped went off Matt Novo bouncing right to Blake Coffey for a quick shot through traffic at 19:08.

Lone Star out shot Corpus Christi 21-19 on the night and were 1-3 on the power play while the Icerays were 1-4. With the win, the Brahmas extend their win streak to three straight and points in their last four.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Topeka at Odessa

After a scoreless first, Odessa broke through with three in the second from Eric Huss, Blake Bride and Brandon Osmundson. Evan Rochowiak and Lucas Hermann scored late in the third to make it 5-0. Brett Epp picked up the shutout win in net facing 31 shots.

Shreveport at Kenai River

The Mudbugs got the Alaska trip off to a roaring start with a 6-2 win over the Kenai River Brown Bears. Brendan VanSweden opened the scoring in the first followed by Roberts Baranovskis on the power play. Kenai scored twice in the middle frame on either side of an Andrew Lane tally. The third period belonged to Shreveport with goals from Nikolai Jenson, Jordan Fader and Jay Feiwell. Gustavs Grigals picked up the win on 25 saves.


Current NAHL South Standings

1 Shreveport Mudbugs 13 10 3 0 0 20
2 Lone Star Brahmas 13 6 4 1 2 15
3 Odessa Jackalopes 13 7 5 0 1 15
4 Amarillo Bulls 11 5 3 2 1 13
5 Topeka RoadRunners 14 6 8 0 0 12
6 Corpus Christi IceRays 13 4 7 1 1 10


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