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Brahmas – Bulls Split Again

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls split a pair of games at the Amarillo Convention Center for the second time this season. Amarillo won 3-0 on Thursday with Lone Star taking a 2-1 win on Friday.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls skated to their second series spilt of the season at the Amarillo Convention Center.

On Thursday the Brahmas saw their six game win streak and seven game point streak come to an unceremonious end with a 3-0 shutout loss. It was the fourth time in 18 games that Lone Star has failed to score this season. Two of those four shutouts have come at the hands of the Bulls and netminder Jason Grande who took over the league lead in the category from the Brahmas Mitchell Gibson.

Following a scoreless first period, the Bulls jumped out on top at in a decisive second period where the Brahmas were outshot 10-3. Jason Brancheau opened the scoring at the 5:50 mark with an assist to Alex Truscott. Jon Russell, the league leader in both goals scored and power play goals, added a power play goal at 14:44 from Steven Ipri and Brendan Michaelian to extend the lead to 2-0. Micaelian added an empty net insurance goal with 53 seconds remaining assisted by Quinn Warmuth.

Lone Star was outshot on the night 24-18. Amarillo also won the special teams play going 1-2 while holding Lone Star scoreless on two opportunities.

Boxscore

The Brahmas picked up a measure of revenge on Friday with Julian Biondo lighting the lamp on an unassisted goal just 26 seconds into the contest. Austin Bottrell scored his second of the season st 6:03 of the frame to make it a two goal Lone Star lead. Will Stromp was credited with the only assist on the play.

From that point on it was Brahmas’ netminder Harrison Feeney who made the lead stand up. Only an early third period goal by Nick Stuckless from Nick Fea and Alex Peterson prevented Feeney from recording his first shutout of the season.

Once again the Bulls won the shots on goal battle, but by a slimmer margin at 25-22. Neither team could take advantage of their power play opportunities with the Brahmas going 0-6 and the Bulls 0-4.

Boxscore

With the split, the Brahmas moved into first place tie with Shreveport in the NAHL South Division standings. However, the Mudbugs have two games in hand over Lone Star. Amarillo was also able to move ahead of Odessa into third in the division.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

 

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

Pts

1

Shreveport Mudbugs

16

11

4

0

1

23

2

Lone Star Brahmas

18

10

5

1

2

23

3

Amarillo Bulls

15

8

4

2

1

19

4

Odessa Jackalopes

16

8

6

1

1

18

5

Topeka RoadRunners

17

6

10

0

1

13

6

Corpus Christi IceRays

16

4

10

1

1

10

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