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Brahmas Drop Overtime Game To Icerays

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Anton Sandberg scored his first on Teddy Bear Toss Night to stake the Brahmas to a one goal lead that they could not hold as they lost 2-1 in overtime to the Icerays.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas welcomed the Corpus Christi Icerays into NYTEX Sports Centre on Friday night to open their weekend series and Teddy Bear Toss Night. It was a back and forth scoreless contest through nearly two periods.

Photo courtesy of Mike Nichols

With 35:53 gone in the contest the zero – zero tie was finally broken when Ture Linden pulled the puck off the near wall and walked to the top of the left wing circle before firing one on net. Austin Bottrell kept the play alive in front of Icerays netminder Chad Veltri and the puck jumped out to Anton Sandberg crashing down from the right point to put the puck into the open net. It was Sandberg’s first of the season and sent the teddy bears raining onto the ice.

Corpus Christi pulled even at 5:19 of the third when nobody picked up Pavel Koreshkov on the back door and he put Larry Jungwirth’s pass from the far side past the right pad of Mitchell Gibson. Rylee St. Onge was credited with the secondary assist on the play.

Blake Coffey got the game winner 1:56 into overtime as the Icerays went on an odd man rush with only Austin O’Rourke back to defend. Coffey carried the puck into the zone to the right wing circle and sent one off the crossbar and in. the Coffey goal was unassisted.

The Brahmas outshot the Icerays 32-22 and neither team converted on the power play with the Icerays 0-4 and the Brahmas 0-3.

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at Amarillo

The Mudbugs fought back to take a 4-3 overtime win over the Bulls in Amarillo. The Bulls took the early lead but Warren Natyshak got the score knotted at 17:36 to start a string of three goals in 1:20 of play. Brendan Gysbers gave Shreveport a brief lead only to see Amarillo come right back for a 2-2 tie going into the intermission. After a scoreless second  Amarillo moved back in front early in the third and held the lead until 15:43 when Dominick Procopio scored for the Mudbugs to force OT. Kieran Durgan just 23 seconds of the overtime to get the game winner. James Durham made 33 saves in the win.

Odessa at Topeka

Odessa ran out to a three goal lead with goals from Evan Somoza and Dylan Herrmann in the first and Blake Bride in the second. Topeka picked up two in the third but would get no closer as Joe Rosa added an insurance goal to close out the scoring. Alex Camarre logged the win in net making 27 saves.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Shreveport Mudbugs 26 18 4 2 2 40
2 Lone Star Brahmas 28 15 8 3 2 35
3 Odessa Jackalopes 26 13 10 2 1 29
4 Amarillo Bulls 25 11 8 4 2 28
5 Corpus Christi IceRays 27 11 12 2 2 26
6 Topeka RoadRunners 28 10 16 1 1 22

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