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Brahmas Log 4-3 Overtime Win Over Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Ture Linden had 2G-1A to lead the Lone Star Brahmas past the Odessa Jackalopes with a 4-3 overtime win.


Things did not go well for the Lone Star Brahmas on Friday night as they suffered their worst loss of the season to the Odessa Jackalopes. Odessa ran out to a four goal lead through the second period and came just two seconds from handing Lone Star their fifth shutout loss of the season.

Rather than getting their heads down following the humiliating loss, Lone Star came out Saturday on fire looking to give the Jackalopes some of their own medicine. Lone Star jumped out to a three goal lead in the first, b

The Brahmas found the twine first on Saturday after Trevor Zenas took the puck off the stick of a Jackalopes player just inside the defensive zone and got it up to Aidan Spellacy in front of the Lone Star bench. Spellacy carried the puck to the top of near circle before slamming on the brakes and hitting Drew Lennon at center trailing the play. Lennon’s wrister past Brett Epp blocker side came at 11:46.

Odessa’s first shot on goal did not come until 13:25 into the opening frame from point blank range, but Mitchell Gibson knocked it down then stopped the rebound shot as well.

Lone Star doubled the lead with 5:43 to go with Emack Bentley bumping the puck back to Ture Linden at the far halfwall. Linden sent it up ice to Austin Bottrell and the two went streaking to the other end on a rush. Bottrell delayed at the leftwing circle then saucered a pass past a sliding Petr Miko to Linden in the slot for a shot five hole. At 18:08, Joe Rosa boarded Kimball Johnson at the halfwall of the Jackalopes zone. Julian Biondo immediately stepped up to defend his teammate grabbing Rosa and dropping the gloves. Biondo held his own despite giving up two inches and 35 pounds to the Odessa defenseman. It took the Brahmas just 21 seconds to cash in on the power play. Linden pulled the puck out of the far corner and sent it to Johnson up top. Johnson’s wrister went off the skate of Zac Hermmann and past Epp’s glove hand.

With 7:00 gone in the second a turnover in neutral ice turned Zach Heintz loose behind the defense. Heintz drove deep going backhand – forehand, but Gibson tracked the puck pushing it to the boards with the right pad.

Odessa went on the power play for the first time at the 7:57 mark of the second. After giving up three power play goals the night before, the Brahmas penalty kill clamped down and allowed only a single shot on goal. The Jackalopes’ second power play resulted in Odessa’s first goal. James Crossman sent Evan Somoza behind the net and out the far side. Peyton Frantti had dropped anchor just off the near post for the backdoor wrap around pass and tucked it inside the near post at 17:21.

Miko cut the lead to one just 2:53 into the third after Blake Bride sent a cross ice pass to Matt Brown in the far circle. Brown delayed for Miko to enter the high slot for a quick one timer stick side. At 6:22 we had a new ball game when Eric Huss fed the puck to Brown down the far side. Brown sent a backhander through the crease where Bride poked it past the right skate of Gibson.

The game went to overtime where at the 3:41 mark, Kyle Hallbauer sent the puck deep to Linden down the left wall. Linden and Bottrell worked hard to pull the puck out of four bodies bumping it to the high slot for Linden to pound a shot off of Nick Wilson in front. The puck caromed to Bottrell and he pushed it across to Linden for a the game winner just under the crossbar.

For the second night in a row Odessa held the edge in shots on goal 34-25. Both teams converted one power play opportunity with Odessa 1-2 and Lone Star 1-3.




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Topeka at Amarillo

Topeka went into the second down one where Will Schlagenhauf got them even before Amarillo retook the lead before the end of the period. Schlagenhauf and Sam Martel sandwiched an Amarillo goal to send it to overtime. Matt Barnes got the game winner 1:19 into the extra frame. Sam Metcalf logged the win on 27 saves.

Shreveport at Corpus Christi

The hottest skater in the NAHL put the Icerays up one in the first as Larry Jungwirth scored at 17:30. Shreveport had the only goal of the second to even it up. The score remained tied until 17:53 of the third when Blake Coffey put Corpus Christi back on top. However, the lead would be short lived with the Mudbugs getting a power play goal at 19:25. After a scoreless overtime the game went to a shootout with Aleksi Peltonen scoring the only goal. Chad Veltri faced 45 shots in the win.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 Shreveport Mudbugs 24 16 4 2 2 36
2 Lone Star Brahmas 27 15 8 2 2 34
3 Odessa Jackalopes 25 12 10 2 1 27
4 Amarillo Bulls 23 10 8 3 2 25
5 Corpus Christi IceRays 25 10 11 2 2 24
6 Topeka RoadRunners 26 10 14 1 1 22

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