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Brahmas Defeat Brown Bears 4-3

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas scored a 4-3 come from behind win over the Kenai river Brown Bears on Friday at the Soldotna Sports Complex.

The Lone Star Brahmas went into their series against the Kenai River Brown Bears looking to salvage something from their trip to Alaska. After going down two goals early, Lone Star regrouped and fought back to score four straight including two on the power play to take the come from behind win.

Kenai River took an early lead on a strong forecheck in the corner. Zach Krajnik worked the puck out of the corner to Emils Ezitis who skated it out front before firing a shot on net. Harrison Feeney made the initial save off the pad, but the rebound went right back to Ezitis and he put it past Feeney at the 6:28 mark. Just under a minute later David Kaplan skated the puck out of the Kenai end of the ice and across the red line where he dumped the puck into the Brahmas’ zone. The puck took an awkward bounce and went over Feeney’s glove. The goal chased Feeney from net in favor of Mitchell Gibson.

At 11:21 the Brahmas went on the first power play of the night. Ture Linden won the draw to Gavin Enright’s left and Jakub Sirota skated it to center then sent a shot through heavy traffic. The puck went off a body in front and Steven Ipri jumped on it to rifle it over Enright’s left shoulder and halve the lead. With the primary assist Sirota extended his point streak to four games. Jon Russell scored unassisted with 2:30 left in the frame sending the teams into the first intermission tied at 2-2.

Lone Star took their first lead of the night at 1:50 of the second after Ipri went high along the glass to glove down a clearing attempt then skated it into the far circle before sending a cross ice pass to Justin Addamo at the near hash marks. Addamo’s momentum carried him low just off the near post then he cut across the crease and put a back hander over the left pad. Ipri logged his second power play goal of the night with a bit over three minutes left in the second. Lone Star won the faceoff and cycled the puck in the zone with Kyle Hallbauer sending it from the blueline to Linden at the top of the near circle. Linden’s wrister went off the pads of Enright with Ipri just off the far post to slam it home.

At 9:36 of the third, the teams lined up for a faceoff to Gibson’s left. Sacha Guillemain pulled the draw back to Markuss Komuls at the point for a quick shot through traffic and into the back of the net.

Late in the period Drew Lennon went to the box for a tripping minor putting the Brown Bears on the power play. Kenai River, with two of the top five power play goal scorers in the NAHL set up in the zone with pressure. Two big shot blocks by Aidan Spellacy and three or four huge saves by Gibson preserved the Brahmas’ one goal lead. Kenai River pulled their goalie for the extra attacker with about 1:30 to go in the contest. With 9.3 to go a shot from the point went off of traffic in front bouncing high in the air. Gibson tracked it the whole way and lunged to his right to cover the bouncing puck.

With their late flurry on the power play and with the extra attacker Kenai River won the shots on goal battle 41-38. However, Lone Star held the upper hand in special teams play going 2-3 on the power play while killing off all four of the Brown Bears man advantages.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Odessa at Amarillo

Odessa’s Blake Bride got things going for the Jackalopes in the first. Amarillo did however, knot the score before the period ended. Zach Heintz and James Crossman scored on either side of a Bulls tally in the middle frame to take a 3-2 lead to the third. In the third, Jared Christy and Ricky Carballo both scored before the five minute mark to put the game out of reach before Bride scored his second of the night late in the period. CJ Hapward picked up the win in his first game in the NAHL making 33 saves.

Shreveport at Corpus Christi

The Mudbugs jumped out to a two goal lead on goals from Jake Transit and Jack Clement before Corpus Christi got one back late. Clement scored again in the second followed by Jonatan Asplund, Ryan Burnett and another from the Icerays. Kieran Durgan added one in the third for Shreveport. Gustavs Gringals was in net facing 19 shots in the win.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 Shreveport Mudbugs 37 27 5 3 2 59
2 Odessa Jackalopes 38 22 13 2 1 47
3 Lone Star Brahmas 35 18 10 4 3 43
4 Corpus Christi IceRays 39 16 15 3 5 40
5 Amarillo Bulls 35 13 15 4 3 33
6 Topeka RoadRunners 39 12 24 1 2 27

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