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Brahmas Take 5-1 Win Over Icerays

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Connor Pooley got the scoring started for the Brahmas against the Icerays, but then Jon Russell took over recording a hat trick in the 5-1 win.


After dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to the Corpus Christi Icerays on Friday night the Lone Star Brahmas came out Saturday looking for revenge.

Connor Pooley opened the scoring at 3:00 into the contest after Aidan Spellacy tipped a pass to Julian Biondo down the left wing with Pooley on the near side. Kaelan Taylor was back to defend and dropped to take away the passing lane, but Biondo saucered across to Pooley who went top shelf over Chad Veltri for the score. With 44 seconds left in the opening period Jakub Sirota picked up a loose puck along the far wall and bumped it up to Jon Russell who skated it down the wall into the zone before cutting to the high slot and ripping it into the twine.

Early in the second the first power play of the night was awarded to Corpus Christi due to a Steven Ipri tripping minor. It took the Icerays just 36 seconds to cash in on a 4 on 2 rush up the ice. Aleksi Peltonen stated it in front of the Brahmas bench carrying it into the zone to Brendan Miller who sent a low shot off of Harrison Feeney. Rylee St. Onge continued his hot hand jumping on the rebound for the put back at 1:42.

It didn’t take all that long for Lone Star to respond when Justin Addamo punched the puck out of the corner to Ipri with a delayed penalty coming. Ipri went flying up the ice blowing by Ryan Rosenberg at the blueline then splitting the defense with a pretty backhand pass to Russell for a quick onetimer. Time of the goal was 6:25. Russell and Biondo teamed up at 19:04 to give Russell his first hat trick as a Brahma and a three goal lead going into the second intermission.

Lone Star kept piling on in the third after a big hustle play by Russell to beat out an icing. The Brahmas kept the puck in the zone for an extended stretch until Drew Lennon knocked one down at the blueline and fed it to Ture Linden at the far halfwall. Linden found Connor Stuart at the top of the near circle with a cross ice pass and he sent a laser blocker side past Jake Acton who had replaced Veltri to start the period. Time of the goal was 8:26.

For the second night in a row the Brahmas won the shots on goal battle 22-16. They were 0-1 on the power play while Corpus Christi was 1-6.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Odessa at Topeka

After being shutout 4-0 on Friday night, the RoadRunners turned the tables on the Jackalopes Saturday. In the first Jakub Urbanek and Mason Vukonich staked Topeka to a two goal lead. After a scoreless second, Nick Schultze tallied in the third. Sam Metcalf picked up the shutout win.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 Shreveport Mudbugs 34 24 5 3 2 53
2 Odessa Jackalopes 36 21 12 2 1 45
3 Lone Star Brahmas 32 17 9 4 2 40
4 Corpus Christi IceRays 36 15 14 2 5 37
5 Amarillo Bulls 31 11 13 4 3 29
6 Topeka RoadRunners 37 12 22 1 2 27

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