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Brahmas Come From Behind Down Icerays 4-3

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Justin Addamo and the Lone Star Brahmas came from behind twice to take a 4-3 road win to open the two game series against the Corpus Christi Icerays.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas opened their road series against the Corpus Christi Icerays looking to extend their current four game win streak and points in five straight games. Things did not get off to a good start for Lone Star as the Icerays jumed out to an early lead.

At 6:26 of the opening frame, Angus Scott and Austin Bottrell were locked in a puck battle along the near halfwall. Scott kicked the puck off the board where it was picked up by Rylee St. Onge. He sent it to Blake Coffey at the near point. Coffey walked the blueline to center before winding up and sending a slapshot through a screen and behind Mitchell Gibson.

Frank Trazzera nearly tied it up late in the frame off a centering feed from Kyle Hallbauer. Trazzera took a couple pokes at the puck in front with Jake Acton reaching behind his body with his glove hand to stop the puck.

The Brahmas got even with Hallbauer and Julian Biondo going on a two on one rush shorthanded. Hallbauer carried the puck down the boards in front of the benches before sending a pass of pads for Biondo to push into the open net at 2:43. Immediately after the Corpus Christi power play expired, the Brahmas went on a man advantage of their own. Steven Ipri controlled the puck behind Acton’s cage before finding Ture Linden on the right wing. Linden quickly sent a centering pass to Jon Russell for a redirect into the net at 4:44.

A tripping call on Lone Star would hand the Icerays their second power play opportunity of the night. It took 20 seconds for Corpus Christi to cash in on a scrum in front. Matt Acciaioli put a shot off of Gibson who scrambled to find the rebound. Drew Lennon dove in behind Gibson trying to close off the net, but Jayson Dimizio managed to punch it across the line. Trevor Wilhelm picked up the secondary assist on the goal that came at the 9:51 mark.

The Icerays struck quickly in the third to retake the lead. Grayson Gavin knocked down a clearing attempt and sent it behind the Brahmas’ net where Larry Jungwirth sent a backdoor centering pass to a streaking Brendan Miller. His goal came just 33 seconds into the frame.

Exactly three minutes after the Icerays took the lead the Brahmas came roaring back on the power play. The teams set up for a draw to Acton’s right and Linden pulled it cleanly back to Hallbauer at the point. The Brahmas’ defenseman ripped one on net the Ipri redirected over the glove hand of Acton just four seconds into the man advantage.

At the 10:46 mark, Ryan Rosenberg was whistled for a slew footing major to go along with a checking from behind minor and 10 minuted misconduct he received in the first. Bottrell spent several minutes on the ice before retreating to the locker room with trainer Cynthia West. The Brahmas set up and had great puck movement early on the power play. Jakub Sirota controlled the puck in the high slot then slid it to Linden atop the right wing circle. Linden sent a beautiful cross ice pass through traffic to Hallbauer for a one timer into the back of the net at 11:28. Two quick minor penalties on Lone Star wiped out the remainder of the major leading to an Icerays’ four on three power play.

Corpus Christi pulled Acton with about 1:30 left and had some late pressure, but could not solve Gibson or the Brahmas’ defense to fall 4-3.

Lone Star outshot Corpus Christi 37-25 on the night and clearly won the special teams play going 3-5 on the power play and holding the Icerays to 1-4 plus scoring a shorthanded goal. With the win Lone Star pulled within four points of the second place Odessa Jackalopes with five games in hand.

Steven Ipri pushed his goal scoring streak to five straight while Jakub Sirota extended his point streak to eight straight. Jon Russell extended his league lead in goals scored as well as moving into a tie for the lead in power play goals.

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Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

1 Shreveport Mudbugs

40

29 6 3 2

63

2 Odessa Jackalopes

44

25 14 3 2

55

3 Lone Star Brahmas

39

22 10 4 3

51

4 Corpus Christi IceRays

43

18 17 3 5

44

5 Amarillo Bulls

41

15 19 4 3

37

6 Topeka RoadRunners

43

14 26 1 2

31

 

 

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