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Brahmas Fall To Icerays In OT

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Michael Montambault scored twice including the game tying goal in the third to force overtime, but the Brahmas lost with 29.7 seconds left in the extra frame on a breakaway goal.


The Lone Star Brahmas came off a two week hiatus to open the second half of their schedule against the Corpus Christi Icreays Friday night.

Lone Star got their first power play opportunity of the night thanks to a Bud Winter roughing minor at 3:27 of the first. While the Brahmas have struggled on the man advantage they did have several opportunities and looked to build some momentum. With the power play about to expire, Drew Lennon sent a cross ice pass from the top of the far circle to Ausitn Bottrell for a bomb toward net that Justin Addamo tipped over the glove hand of Chad Veltri at the 5:22 mark.

Aidan Spellacy was whistled for a cross check at 6:03 to put the Icerays on the power play. Corpus Christi had the umbrella set up cycling the puck around the perimeter when Blake Coffey fired one on net that Mitchell Gibson pushed aside with the blocker. Garrett Hallford was just off the near post for a quick put back, but Gibson shot out the right pad for a huge point blank save.

Chase Pletzke fired a shot from the near point at 3:42 of the second and newcomer Jon Russell grabbed the rebound carrying it behind Veltri’s cage for a wraparound off the pads. Michael Montambault was stationed just outside the crease to slam the puck into the back of the net.

Just under two minutes later, Kimball Johnson turned the puck over just outside the Brahmas’ blueline sending Aleksi Peltonen and Rylee St. Onge in on a two on none rush. Peltonen carried it to the near hash marks before sending it across to St. Onge for a shot over Gibson’s right pad as he had no chance on the play.  The Icerays evened it up when Peltonen carried it into the zone and fed it down the boards to Julien Makary who found Jayson Dimizio streaking down the slot for a quick onetimer over Gibson’s right shoulder. Time of the goal was 10:38. St. Onge handed Corpus Christi the lead after a puck battle along the far halfwall resulted in Makary jarring the puck loose to St. Onge who rifled it from the far circle blocker side at 14:06. Peltonen picked up the secondary assist on the play.

Montambault scored his second of the game at 2:26 of the third to knot the score at three. On the play, Frank Trazzera blocked a pass in the defensive zone then spun and sent it off the near wall. Montambault turned on the jets beat St. Onge down the ice, wound up and clapped a slapper from the right wing half wall blocker side on Veltri. The Icerays’ netminder was frozen by the blast and didn’t react until the puck was behind him.

The balance of the period ticked off with no further scoring sending the game to overtime. It was the Icerays fourth overtime contest in a row and fifth in their last six games.

1:21 into the overtime Jakub Sirota, playing in his first game back from an extended injury, lost the puck at the Icerays Blueline sending Coffey racing down the ice with Steven Ipri in hot pursuit. Gibson came out to cut down the angle forcing Coffey to try and lift it over the Brahmas’ netminder and the shot went over the crossbar. With 1:15 left in the overtime, Addamo set Ipri up with a saucer pass across the ice, but Veltri made a big pad save to extend the game. Then with just 29.7 seconds to go a Sirota pass went off of Peltonen shin pads sending Peltonen on a rush. Gibson flashed out the left skate and made the save, but his momentum carried his skate into the goal allowing the puck to just sneak across the line for the game winner. Gibson pleaded his case to Referee John Lindner to no avail.

Lone Star won the shots on goal battle 33-27 and were 1-1 on the power play while Corpus Christi went 1-3.


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Zach Heintz opened the scoring at the 9:18 mark of the second. James Crossman followed that up with the Jackalopes second goal of the period. Nick Wilson made it 3-0 early in the third and Petr Miko added another just four minutes later. Alex Camarre picked up the shutout win on 29 saves.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 Shreveport Mudbugs 34 24 5 3 2 53
2 Odessa Jackalopes 35 21 11 2 1 45
3 Lone Star Brahmas 31 16 9 4 2 38
4 Corpus Christi IceRays 35 15 13 2 5 37
5 Amarillo Bulls 31 11 13 4 3 29
6 Topeka RoadRunners 36 11 22 1 2 25

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