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Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Harrison Feeney allowed only two power play goals while making 22 saves to lead the Lone Star Brahmas past the Amarillo Bulls 4-2 on Saturday night.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls closed out their two game series at NYTEX Sports Centre on Saturday night. Amarillo took game one of the series with a 3-2 overtime win setting the stage for a split with a Brahmas win in game two.

An early tripping minor on Anton Sandberg put Amarillo on the power play. At 6:27 Nikita Sokolov moved it from far point to near point and Marcus Chorney skated to center opening space at the top of the near circle for Simon Morberg and a shot blocker side on Harrison Feeney.

With 1:23 to go in the opening 20, Justin Addamo swiped the puck at the Bulls’ blueline and fed it to Austin Bottrell on the right wing with a diving pass. Bottrell made a move on Jason Grande and had him beat, but could not elevate the puck putting it off the left pad.

It didn’t take long for the Brahmas to provide an answer in the second. They took the opening faceoff into the zone and had it deep in the right wing corner. Aidan Spellacy pulled it off the wall and sent it to EMack Bentley in the high slot for a blast off of Grande. Addamo was just outside the crease and pounced on the rebound and slammed it past the Bulls’ netminder. Time of the goal was 0:33 of the second.

Then at 1:45 Steven Ipri drove Dominik Bogdzuil hard into the penalty box wall with an elbow to the head. Connor Stuart came to the defense of his forward grabbing Ipri around the neck and throwing him to the ice. In the process, Ipri’s helmet came off resulting in Stuart being whistled for a helmet removal misconduct. Ipri drew a head contact major and game misconduct. On the ensuing power play, Drew Lennon sent it from the blueline to Addamo at the right wing faceoff dot for a seeing eye wrister through traffic and under the crossbar at 6:13 with Kimball Johnson getting the secondary assist. Near the 8:00 mark, Biondo and Addamo went in on a two on one odd man rush. The Bulls’ defenseman dropped to take away the shooting lane from Biondo who lifted a saucer pass over to Addamo. The pass went off of Addmo’s left skate and in. Referee David Lilly waived the goal off even though replays showed there was no kicking motion by Addamo.

Just after a third period power play had expired, the Brahmas’ Biondo fired one on net from the near point that went off a body in front. Kyle Hallbauer put the rebound on Grande with the rebound finding Ture Linden at the bottom of the far circle for a shot over the right pad at 4:22. The Lone Star lead went to three on a four on three power play. On the play, Sandberg received a pass from Johnson at the top of the left wing circle then walked it into the slot before feeding Linden at the same spot he had scored from moments earlier. Time of the goal was 10:23.

A double minor roughing on Addamo and tripping on Biondo put the Bulls on a five on three power play for a full two minutes coming out of the media timeout. 1:10 into the power play, Chorney put a shot through a screen and over the blocker hand. Assists on the play went to Gleb Murtazin and Sokolov. A tripping minor on Michael Montambault and an empty net on the Bulls’ end of the ice gave Amarillo a six on four power play for the final 1:21 of play, but the Brahmas’ penalty kill was up to the task.

Shots on goal were 33-24 in favor of the Brahmas. Both teams scored twice on the power play with Lone Star going 2-8 and Amarillo 2-7.

 

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Corpus Christi at Odessa

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Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Shreveport Mudbugs 23 16 4 2 1 35
2 Lone Star Brahmas 25 14 7 2 2 32
3 Amarillo Bulls 22 10 8 2 2 24
4 Odessa Jackalopes 23 11 10 1 1 24
5 Corpus Christi IceRays 24 9 11 2 2 22
6 Topeka RoadRunners 25 9 14 1 1 20

 

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