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Brahmas Cruise To 4-2 Win Over RoadRunners

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas took a 4-2 win against the Topeka RoadRunners at the NYTEX Sports Centre on Friday night.

The Lone Star Brahmas played host to the Topeka RoadRunners after a trip to Alaska and a failed attempt to play two games in Topeka earlier in the week.

Lone Star opened the contest with a swarming defense. The ice was definitely tilted in the Brahmas favor with the RoadRunners first shot on goal not coming until more than 11 minutes had ticked off the clock. It would be the first of only three shots Topeka would generate in the period.

At 14:49, the Brahmas would score the first goal of the night as Steven Ipri continued his hot hand. The play was set up by Chase Pletzke jarring the puck loose on a puck battle in front of the penalty boxes. Connor Pooley picked it up and sent it to Ipri just outside the blueline. Ipri turned up ice splitting Max Finner and Branden Rons on his way to the net. Ipri went forehand-backhand to slide it past the left skate of Sam Metcalf and into the back of the net.

Topeka’s only real scoring opportunity came on the power play with about 2:30 left in the first when Finner hammered one from the blueline that Chad Hillebrand redirected in front. Mitchell Gibson made the initial save with the pad and Nigel Nelson jumped on the rebound sending it quickly back on net. Gibson stayed with the play and flashed out the glove to rob Nelson’s point blank shot.

Topeka got back to even just 1:24 in the second with a power play tally. Matt Barnes sent the puck up the near boards to Austin McCarthy at the point. McCarthy found Finner with a cross ice pass and his onetimer beat Gibson high blocker side.

At the 2:53 mark Kyle Hallbauer headed up the wing in front of the benches with Rons in pursuit. Rons pulled Hallbauer down and rode he head first into the endboards drawing a five minute boarding major. With 52 seconds left in the major power play, the teams lined up for a draw to Metcalf’s right. On the faceoff the puck went into the near corner for Frank Trazzera who pushed it back up top to Austin Bottrell. Bottrell moved it across to a wide open Jakub Sirota in the high slot. Sirota took a couple of strides before rifling it high blocker side. The goal extended Sirota’s point streak to six straight games. Hard work by Ture Linden and Aidan Spellacy along the endboards led to the next Lone Star score. They managed to work the puck to the point for Connor Stuart. His shot through traffic was tipped by Spellacy over the right pad of Metcalf.

The RoadRunners scored their second power play goal of the night to cut the Brahmas’ lead in half. With time winding down in the man advantage the Brahmas cleared the puck all the way down the ice. Metcalf came out to play the puck and sent a pass to Nelson at the Lone Star blueline. Nelson and Hillebrand took it into the zone with Sirota the only defender back. As Sirota took the shooting lane from Nelson the Topeka forward sent it across ice to Hillebrand whose backhand-forehand move got Gibson moving to open up the near post for the goal at 5:06.

Jon Russell reestablished the two goal lead on a nifty give and go with Ipri. Hallbauer started it when he sent the puck down the boards to Russell at the halfwall. Russell sent a between the legs pass to Ipri in the corner as he curled toward the net for the return pass that he put five hole on Metcalf. Time of the power play goal was 8:26. It was Russell’s 13th power play goal of the season giving him a share of the league lead in the category.

Lone Star controlled play from the opening faceoff outshooting Topeka 44-11 on the night. Both teams scored twice on the power play with the Brahmas 2-5 and the RoadRunners 2-3.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Amarillo at Odessa

It was all Jackalopes at the Ector County Coliseum as Odessa ran off an 8-1 win. Eric Huss had a hattrick scoring once in the first and twice in the third. Peyton Frantti and Rick Carballo each scored twice once each in the second and third periods. Blake Bride had the other goal for Odessa. Brett Epp picked up the win on 33 saves.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 Shreveport Mudbugs 40 29 6 3 2 63
2 Odessa Jackalopes 43 24 14 3 2 53
3 Lone Star Brahmas 37 20 10 4 3 47
4 Corpus Christi IceRays 42 18 16 3 5 44
5 Amarillo Bulls 40 15 18 4 3 37
6 Topeka RoadRunners 42 14 25 1 2 31

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