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Brahmas Shutout Bulls 2-0 To Open Series

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Mitchell Gibson picked up his fourth shutout of the season as Lone Star took a 2-0 win from the Amarillo Bulls.


The Lone Star Brahmas kicked off a brief two game home stand against the visiting Amarillo Bulls on Friday night. It was the Bulls first visit to the NYTEX Sports Centre of the 2017/18 campaign and fifth time the teams had met this season. The teams had split the two previous weekend series played at the Amarillo Civic Center.

With about 6:30 gone in the contest a turnover in neutral ice turned the Bulls loose on an odd man advantage. Alex Peterson carried the puck down the right wing with another red sweater trailing on the left side. Anton Sandberg turned on the jets to chase down the Bulls forward and make a diving block to prevent a cross ice pass and prevent a golden opportunity for Amarillo.

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Ture Linden scored the game winner for the Brahmas midway through the third.

Moments later, Ture Linden had a point blank opportunity to put back a rebound, but a flailing desperation save by Alexei Masanko kept the game scoreless.

Julian Biondo nearly got Lone Star on the board late in the second when he picked up a puck at the Brahmas’ blueline and went streaking into the offensive zone. He made a move to gain some space then fired a shot between the legs of defenseman Nikita Sokolov. The shot that Masanko had no chance on flew just over the cross bar. A big hustle play by Aidan Spellacy with just under 15 seconds left in the second led to a tripping penalty on Brendan Michaelian as he did his best to stop the Spellacy breakaway.

Amarillo received an early Christmas gift from head referee Trevor Wohlford when he whistled Justin Addamo for a weak checking from behind major and misconduct at 2:46 of the third. The best scoring chance of the power play came off an Biondo shorthanded rush up the ice where he was tripped in the slot, but this time Wohlford for some reason kept the whistle in his pocket.

A costly defensive zone turnover by Sokolov put Biondo and Linden all alone in front of Masanko. Biondo sent the puck from the left hashmark to Linden at the right hashmark. As Masanko was scrambling in the goal mouth Linden sent it five hole and it just snuck across the line. Time of the goal was 10:39. Lone Star pushed the lead to two goals when Austin Bottrell swiped the puck along the far halfwall and found Linden cruising through the slot for a shot off of the lower pads. Michael Montambault who followed the play, slammed the rebound into the twine at 14:32.

Amarillo won the shots on goal battle 22-20 and both teams were 0-2 on the power play.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Topeka at Corpus Christi

The Icerays won going away after Larry Jungwirth opened the scoring in the first and the teams went into the second tied 1-1. Rylee St. Onge and Jungwirth added second period goals then Jungwirth completed the hat trick in the third along with a Matus Havrila tally for the 5-2 final. Chad Veltri picked up the win with 28 saves.

Shreveport at Odessa

In Odessa, the Mudbugs Cameron Cook scored first, but the Jackalopes scored twice in the frame for a 2-1 lead going into the second. Jake Transit and Kieran Durgan scored in the second as Shreveport took the lead for good. Odessa scored early in the third but Durgan and Cole Quisenberry had the response for Shreveport. James Durham made 28 saves on the night for the win.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 Shreveport Mudbugs 17 12 4 0 1 25
2 Lone Star Brahmas 19 11 5 1 2 25
3 Amarillo Bulls 16 8 5 2 1 19
4 Odessa Jackalopes 17 8 7 1 1 18
5 Corpus Christi IceRays 19 7 10 1 1 16
6 Topeka RoadRunners 20 6 13 0 1 13

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