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Brahmas Battle Ice Dogs Come Up Short 3-2

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: The Lone Star Brahmas battled hard, but Logan Neaton and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs took a 3-2 win out of NYTEX Sports Centre.


The Lone Star Brahmas faced off against the Fairbanks Icedogs on Saturday night after dropping a tough 1-0 10 round shootout the night before.

Lone Star went down a man early thanks to a Holding call on Kimball Johnson at 2:06. It appeared that the Brahmas would have the best scoring chance on the power play on a Michael Montambault breakaway, but Logan Neaton made the save. Fairbanks took the puck back into the Brahmas’ defensive end and Jax Murray found Dainel Haider in the high slot. Haider’s shot fluttered over Mitchell Gibson’s glove hand at 3:43.

In the opening two minutes of the second, Julian Biondo fired the puck off of Neaton from the rightwing circle and Steven Ipri just missed putting the rebound wide of the near post. Moments later they set up in the zone again and Anton Sandberg sent a rocket off the crossbar from the near point once again the rebound was there but Neaton was able to dive on it and cover with the glove.

At 4:20 Fairbanks got a shot off from distance that Gibson found through traffic. The Ice Dogs picked up the loose puck just outside the crease and fired it back on net, but Gibson got it with the right pad once again. At 6:06, Noah Wilson took a cross ice pass from Nolan Scaffer and sent a wrister on net from the far point. Jakub Sirota came sliding across trying to block the shot and had the puck redirect off him and past Gibson. The lead went to three just 1:20 later when Caleb Hite ripped one from the left faceoff circle high glove side. The goal chased Gibson from net in favor of Harrison Feeney.

Lone Star immediately went on the power play following the goal and had a golden opportunity as Jon Russell, the league leader in power play goals, had the puck at the bottom of the far circle and an open goal mouth. Russell’s shot went off the right post shot across the crease and out the near side. The Brahmas would go back on the power play and this time found the twine. Sirota sent the puck from the blueline to Ture Linden in the far circle. His cross ice pass was right in Kyle Hallbauer’s wheelhouse for a onetimer blocker side at 11:14. A Chase Pletzke roughing minor put Fairbanks on the power play at 14:27. It took only seven seconds for the puck to be put in the net. Off the faceoff, Drew Lennon picked off the puck and fed it to Linden streaking up the gut. Neaton came out to challenge the Brahmas’ forward, but Linden was not phased as he sent a laser under the crossbar from the left hashmarks to cut the lead to one. Lone Star killed off the balance of the man advantage, but just one second after returning to full strength, Connor Stuart was whistled for interference putting Fairbanks back on the power play. The Ice Dogs had a great scoring chance when Biondo blocked the puck at the blueline, but lost an edge leaving the visitors with a 5 on 3 and a man alone just off the right post. Feeney made a couple big saves from close in then reached around the side of the net to grab it with the glove.

Lone Star battled in the third and kept pressure on the Fairbanks defense, but could not get the equalizer falling 3-2.

Shots on goal were 23-22 in favor of the Ice Dogs. Both teams had one power play goal with Fairbanks going 1-4 and the Brahmas 1-6.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Kenai River at Shreveport

Cole Quisenberry put the Mudbugs up one with the only goal of the first. The teams skated to a scoreless second then Jack Clement and Cameron Cook scored in the third before Kenai would get their only tally of the game. Jordan Fader added a late empty netter. Gustavs Gringals made 16 saves in the win.

Amarillo at Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi held a 1-0 lead going into the first intermission thanks to an Adam Kadlec goal. After a scoreless second, the Bulls even early in the third, but Angus Scott scored to retake the lead. Brendan Miller added an empty netter to make it 3-1. Scott scored a second empty net goal and the Bulls found the back of the net again, but it was too little-too late. Chad Veltri made 26 saves on the night for the win.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 x – Shreveport Mudbugs 47 35 7 3 2 75
2 Lone Star Brahmas 45 24 12 5 4 57
3 Odessa Jackalopes 46 25 16 3 2 55
4 Corpus Christi IceRays 48 22 18 3 5 52
5 Amarillo Bulls 47 17 22 5 3 42
6 Topeka RoadRunners 45 14 27 2 2 32

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