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Brahmas Wrap Up Alaska Trip With Sweep Of Brown Bears

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas laced them up against the Kenai River Brown Bears on Saturday and came away with a 4-1 win and a weekend series sweep to close out their trip to Alaska.


The Lone Star Brahmas took to the ice Saturday with an opportunity to complete their first series sweep since November 1oth and 11th against the Amarillo Bulls. On Friday Lone Star battled back from a two goal deficit to take a 4-3 win against the Kenai River Brown Bears and were looking for another win to make the trip back to Texas much more enjoyable.

As opposed to the night before, it was the Brahmas who took the early lead just 3:19 into the contest. On the play Michael Montambault picked up the puck at the near halfwall and slid it up to Jakub Sirota at the point. Sirota walked the blueline before sending a wrister on net through traffic. Kevin Lake made the initial save, but Frank Trazzera grabbed the rebound and shuffled to his left to lift it over the right pad. Lone Star made it 2-0 with six minutes to go when Connor Stuart and Steven Ipri ran the give and go to perfection. Stuart corralled the puck in the Brahmas defensive zone and started down the middle of the ice. After he crossed the redline he moved it across to Ipri who carried it down the far wall as Stuart continued toward the near post for the return pass and a shot over the left shoulder of the Kenai River goalie. Jon Russell picked up the secondary assist on the goal.

Following an extended delay in the middle frame to repair the ice, the Brahmas committed two straight icings and some puck stoppages which disrupted the flow of the game. A turn over at the Kenai River blueline gave Carter Wade a clear lane for a homerun pass to Tyler Miknich to go in all alone on Mitchell Gibson. Gutierrez drove deep before going backhand forehand to sneak it past Gibson glove side at 5:58.

Lone Star struck again at the 12:31 mark of the second. Ipri fed the puck to Russell along the far wall in neutral ice then went flying down the middle of the ice splitting the Brown Bears defense. Russell saucered a pass back across to Ipri for the redirect five hole on Lake. At 15:40 Aidan Spellacy got in on the action after taking a nice diagonal cross ice pass from Connor Pooley. Spellacy danced around the defenseman, skated to the near hashmark and pit it high glove side to push the Lone Star lead to three. Emack Bentley was credited with the secondary assist on the play.

At the 7:35 mark of the third, Kenai River went on a 4 on 3 power play and on the Olympic sized ice there was a lot of open space on the ice. The Brown Bears had multiple one timers on the man advantage, but Gibson was positionaly sound to make the saves. As a result there was no scoring in the third leading to a Brahmas weekend sweep.

With the win the Brahmas picked up five of a possible eight points on their trip to Alaska and edged closer to the second place Odessa Jackalopes in the NAHL South Division standings. Lone Star is now three points behind Odessa with three games in hand. The Brahmas also opened some breathing room over fourth place Corpus Christi and set three points ahead of the Icerays with four games in hand.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Odessa at Amarillo

Egor Kurbatov scored his first of the year to get the scoring started with under 2:30 to go in the opening 20 minutes to play. Odessa pulled even in at 8:33 of the second then the contest remains scoreless through five minutes of overtime. Trey Bagwell scored the only goal of the shootout to give Amarillo the extra point. Jason Grande made 40 saves to log the win.

Shreveport at Corpus Christi

The game went 48:34 before Matt Novo scored the one and only goal of the night as Jake Acton stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout win.

Springfield at Topeka

Topeka scored in each period with Dallas Tulik scoring in the first and third while Jakub Urbanek scored in the second. Springfield scored twice in the last 1:34 of the game, but could not cash in the equalizer. Sam Metcalf faced 18 shots on goal on the evening.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 Shreveport Mudbugs 38 27 6 3 2 59
2 Odessa Jackalopes 39 22 13 2 2 48
3 Lone Star Brahmas 36 19 10 4 3 45
4 Corpus Christi IceRays 40 17 15 3 5 42
5 Amarillo Bulls 36 14 15 4 3 35
6 Topeka RoadRunners 40 13 24 1 2 29


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