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Brahmas Complete Home Sweep Of Bulls

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Ryan Orgel scored twice as the Brahmas swept the Amarillo Bulls with a 3-2 win.


Saturday, the Lone Star Brahmas looked to complete a home sweep of the Amarillo Bulls after taking a 2-0 win over the visitors the night before. In two previous series against the Bulls in Amarillo the teams had split both games, so the Brahmas were hoping to break the trend.

Back to back penalties to Drew Lennon and Aidan Spellacy in the first the Brahmas from a power play to a four on three then five on three penalty kill. Amarillo cashed in quickly when Nikita Sokolov swung it from the far point to Marcus Chorney at the center blueline. Chorney found Simon Morberg in the near faceoff circle and he fired it over the right shoulder of Mitchell Gibson at 13:48.

Just 3:33 into the middle frame, a big check along the far wall by Austin O’Rourke in the defensive zone led to a Brahmas rush. Julian Biondo and O’Rourke crossed paths just outside the blueline freezing Gragik Malakyan as Biondo hit Connor Stuart streaking down the right wing side for a quick blast over the left pad of Jason Grande.

With the Brahmas on the power play a blocked shot resulted in a loose puck with Lennon trying to pinch in to hold the zone, but Alex Peterson was able to pick it up and dance around the Lone Star defenseman. Peterson took off with Stephen Rex in tow. Kyle Hallbauer was able to cut off Peterson forcing the pass to Rex as Lennon tried to get back. Rex made a move late and pushed it past the right tow of Gibson at 18:33.

Lone Star came right back on the attack to finish out the power play. Ture Linden set up Austin Bottrell in the high slot for a wrister off a shin pad that ricocheted right to Ryan Orgel who one timed it stick side at 19:28.

With 9:43 to go in the third O’Rourke delivered a crushing check to Morberg driving him through the door and into the penalty box. Brendan Datema stood up for his teammate jumping O’Rourke from behind and quickly regretted his decision as the Brahmas’ alternate captain spun and started feeding Datema rights. O’Rourke landed four or five overhand rights sending the Bulls’ defenseman to the ice. Both players picked up a fighting major and misconduct with Datema also being whistled for an additional roughing minor putting Lone Star back on the power play.

Orgel would give the Brahmas the late lead with 2:27 left to play. Stuart made a big keep at the far point then sent a backhander down the wall to Biondo in the left wing corner. Biondo fed it to Orgel at the top of the far circle and he walked in and fired it over the glove hand.

Lone Star led in shots on goal 26-22. Both teams converted once on the power play with the Brahmas 1-6 and the Bulls 1-4. With the win, the Brahmas have now recovered from their slow start to take sole possession of first place in the NAHL South.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at Odessa

The Jackalopes helped the Brahmas out with an overtime win against the Mudbugs. Petr Miko scored early in the second, but Shreveport would knot it up later in the period. After a scoreless third, Peyton Frantti scored the game winner 3:23 into the extra period. Alex Camarre picked up the win on 27 saves.

Topeka at Corpus Christi

The Icerays picked up a come from behind overtime win against the RoadRunners. Noah Roofe had a first period goal and the teams went to the second tied at 1-1. Topeka scored the next two goals then Brendan Miller cut the lead to one before the second intermission. Larry Jungwirth had the only goal in the third to send it to overtime. Trevor Wilhelm got the winner at 2:14. Jake Acton was in net for the win.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 Lone Star Brahmas 20 12 5 1 2 27
2 Shreveport Mudbugs 18 12 4 1 1 26
3 Odessa Jackalopes 18 9 7 1 1 20
4 Amarillo Bulls 17 8 6 2 1 19
5 Corpus Christi IceRays 20 8 10 1 1 18
6 Topeka RoadRunners 21 6 13 1 1 14

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