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Jackalopes Hammer Brahmas 5-1

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Odessa netminder Alex Camarre and the Jackalopes had the Brahmas' number Friday night taking a 5-1 win at NYTEX Sports Centre.

The Lone Star Brahmas looked to extend the win streak to five games over the Odessa Jackalopes on Friday night, but the visitors had other ideas. Odessa controlled play for much of the contest and winning puck battles and beating the Brahmas to most loose pucks.

Nearing the six minute mark of first, Ricky Carballo was turned loose down the far wall with a cross ice pass. The Keller, TX native went in on Mitchell Gibson unmolested. Gibson tracked the puck and flashed out the right pad to kick it aside.

Lone Star’s big chance of the period came with 6:47 to go, Emack Bentley split the defense and drove toward the crease being harassed by Nick Wilson and James Crossman the entire way. Bentley managed to stay up and made a late move, but Alex Camarre managed to get the top of his skate on it to deny the opportunity.

At 15:51, the Jackalopes had the Brahmas chasing in the defensive zone and Lone Star missed a couple chances to clear the goal. Matthew Brown picked up a loose puck at the top of the near circle and carried it to the far faceoff dot before sending a wrister back across the grain off the shaft of a stick and just inside the near post.

Lucas Anderson would hand the Brahmas a five minute power play when he hit Frankie Trazzera high in front of the Brahmas bench with just under three minutes left. Anderson would also earn an early shower with the head contact.

Odessa killed off the carryover of the major penalty then went on their first power play of the night at 2:04 due to a Anton Sandberg hooking minor. It took the Jackalopes just 39 seconds to convert. Noah Poindexter got it started sending it to Crossman up top. Crossman’s pass was blocked by Owen Farris, but the puck bounced right to Peyton Frantti in the left wing circle and he rifled it over the glove hand of Gibson.

Odessa had another golden opportunity at the 5:26 mark when Gibson was pushed wide of the goal mouth by contact leaving Carballo in front with the puck on his stick. Wyatt Mathews made a strong move to clear Carballo from the crease and push the puck from harm’s way.

Near the midpoint of the frame, Austin O’Rourke and Zac Herrmann came together along the far board and the gloves dropped for a spirited bout. Both threw several rights with O’Rourke getting a slight advantage.

At 11:05, Sandberg was pushed into Camarre from behind by Nick McKeeby putting Odessa back on the power play. Once again the Jackalopes would find the back of the net when Crossman grabbed a clear attempt at the top of the right wing circle and rifled it glove side at 12:12. At 15:15, Mathews would go to the box for a cross check setting up the Jackalopes red hot power play once more. This time, Brown would control the puck at the near halfwall and send a perfect cross ice pass to Bride all alone on the back door for a onetimer just under the bar at 16:38.

The lead went to 5-0 on an unassisted goal from Dylan Johnson at the 11:21 mark of the third. Johnson picked off a pass just outside the blueline and carried it into the far circle before burying it five hole on Harrison Feeney.

Lone Star finally picked up a trash power play goal with just two seconds left on the clock. On the play Kimball Johnson sent a wrister from the far point off of Camarre. Trazzera kept the play alive in front for Michael Montambault to flip over the sprawled netminder.

Shots on goal were 30-26 in favor of the visiting Jackalopes. Odessa also handily won the special teams play going 3-4 on the power play while holding the Brahmas to 1-4 including the five minute major.


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Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 Shreveport Mudbugs 23 16 4 2 1 35
2 Lone Star Brahmas 26 14 8 2 2 32
3 Odessa Jackalopes 24 12 10 1 1 26
4 Amarillo Bulls 22 10 8 2 2 24
5 Corpus Christi IceRays 24 9 11 2 2 22
6 Topeka RoadRunners 25 9 14 1 1 20

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