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Brahmas Suffer Second Loss In Three Days

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Aidan Spellacy scored the first of two for the Brahmas Friday, but it was not enough as Lone Star lost 3-2 to the visiting Amarillo Bulls.


The Lone Star Brahmas welcomed the Amarillo Bulls into NYTEX Sports Centre Friday after a hard fought loss to Shreveport on Wednesday evening. The Bulls definitely looked like the fresher squad as they were a step ahead of the Brahmas for most of the night.

The first goal of the contest came after 31:15 minutes of play after Jason Brancheau got a loose puck below the goal line and fed it to Collin Price alone at the far hash mark for a shot high blocker side on Mitchell Gibson.

Lone Star would come out strong in the third and at the 1:29 mark Wyatt Mathews set up behind Gibson’s net. The defenseman took it out the far side then sent a diagonal pass up to Connor Pooley in front of the benches. Pooley found Aidan Spellacy coming up the center with a perfect pass in stride. Spellacy split Cameron Bartkoski and Nikita Sokolov then fired a wrister over the glove hand of Jason Grande to knot the score at one. Less than two minutes later, Justin Addamo won a faceoff back to Austin O’Rourke who pushed it back to Addamo below the goal line. The big Frenchman carried it behind the net out the near side and put a backhander off of Grande for O’Rourke who was anchored off the far post to push into the back of the net. Time of the goal was 3:20.

Moments later Jon Russell, the league’s leading scorer, got behind the Brahmas defense on a rush up the ice. Anton Sandberg hustled back and tried to make a diving sweep of the puck, but got Russell on the skate resulting in a penalty shot being awarded to the Bulls forward. On the penalty shot Russell snuck one through five hole on Gibson.

With 4:27 remaining in regulation and the Brahmas on the penalty kill, Sokolov fired a shot on goal from the right wing that Gibson kicked aside. The rebound went to Gleb Murtazin on the backdoor, but Gibson went post to post to deny the second chance and send the game to overtime.

Just 40 seconds into the extra frame, Steven Ipri worked his way between the defense and went in on Gibson who kicked out the left pad to make the save. However, it was just delaying what would ultimately be a Bulls’ win. With 39 seconds left, Amarillo came out of their end with speed and the puck on Simon Morberg’s stick in the middle of the ice. Morberg sent it to Russell down the right wall and he cut to the middle before sending one past Gibson glove side with Brendan Michaelian getting the secondary assist.

For the second game in a row Lone Star lost the shots on goal battle handily 30-18. The power play continued to struggle going 0-4, but the penalty kill returned to form going 7-7 after allowing six goals in the last three games.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at Topeka

The Mudbugs rolled into the Kansas Expo Center and came out with a 4-1 win. Kieran Durgan had Shreveport’s only goal of the first to send the teams into the second tied at one. Jake Transit and Jay Feiwell added second period tallies before Dominick Procopio closed it out in the third. Gustavs Gringals faced 17 shots in the win.

Corpus Christi at Odessa

This game also went to overtime before being decided. In the first the Jackalopes’ Evan Somoza and Peyton Frantti scored on either side of an Icerays goal for a 2-1 lead. The teams traded tallies in the second with Somoza picking up his second of the night. Matt Brown would pick up an important goal for Odessa early in the third as Corpus Christi would score twice in the frame to force overtime. Just 1:25 into the overtime, Rick Carballo scored the game winner for his new team. Alex Camarre was in net for the win making 36 saves.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 Shreveport Mudbugs 22 16 4 1 1 34
2 Lone Star Brahmas 24 13 7 2 2 30
3 Amarillo Bulls 21 10 7 2 2 24
4 Odessa Jackalopes 22 10 10 1 1 22
5 Corpus Christi IceRays 23 9 10 2 2 22
6 Topeka RoadRunners 24 8 14 1 1 18


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