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Brahmas Steamroll RoadRunners 8-1

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Only a bad bounce off a defenseman's skate stood between Brahmas goaltender Harrison Feeney and his first shutout of the season.


The Lone Star Brahmas came into the contest against the Topeka RoadRunners on Saturday looking to complete a two game sweep. The Brahmas had taken game one by a score of 4-2 on Friday.

As he did on Friday night, Steven Ipri got the Brahmas on the board in the first. Justin Addamo carried the puck into the zone along the far boards then sent it across ice to Julian Biondo trailing the play. The pass from Addamo got Emil Gransoe moving setting up a crisp Biondo pass back across ice to Ipri on the backdoor for the redirect into the twine at 15:55.

It was deja-vu all over again just 24 seconds into the second off a Jakub Sirota blast from the near point. Sirota had scored Lone Star’s second goal the night before as well. This time, Addamo dug the puck out of the far corner and used to boards to get it to Kyle Hallbauer up top. Hallbauer’s pass rode the blueline to the big Czech defenseman and he let it fly past the glove hand of Gransoe. The goal pushed Sirota’s point streak to seven straight games. It took only 66 seconds for Captain Julian Biondo to make it 3-0 on a breakaway. Austin Bottrell hit Biondo with a beautiful stretch pass and Biondo went flying past Jeremy Gabriel, drove to the front and lifted a backhander over the right pad at 1:30. Outstanding puck movement on the power play made it a four goal lead for Lone Star. Sirota sent a wrister from the top of the near circle that Jon Russell redirected in front off of Gransoe. Ipri was Johnny on the spot to put the rebound into the open net at 4:52 of the second. The goal chased Gransoe from net in favor of Sam Metcalf.

With 11:22 to go in the middle frame, Hallbauer erased Mason Vukonich along the near halfwall with a big hip check. The hit drew the ire of Keenan Johnson who went after Hallbauer. Connor Stuart grabbed Johnson and the two squared off. They traded right hands then Stuart landed another big right sending Johnson to the ice.

At 11:13, Owen Farris beat two defenders to nudge the puck along the endwall to Emack Bentley and eventually to Hallbauer at the near point. Hallbauer sent a seeing-eye wrister through traffic high glove side on Metcalf to make it 5-0.

With 7:57 to go Harrison Feeney found the puck through a scramble in front. The rebound went right back to Chad Hillebrand for another quick shot, but Feeney slid across to make the right pad save and preserve the five goal lead.

The Lone Star scoring train continued at 17:30 on a three on two rush with Michael Montambault sent a cross ice pass to Trevor Zenas and he moved it back to Frank Trazzera who opened the blade to redirect it inside the near post.

At 2:21 of the third the Brahmas used a Sweden to France connection to make it a seven goal lead. Ipri sent the puck from inside the Brahmas’ defensive zone to Anton Sandberg up the far wall. The defenseman sent a low shot off the pads of Metcalf with the rebound sliding out to Addamo who deposited it into the net before the RoadRunner netmider could recover.

Early in the third, Feeney made two big saves on Topeka breakaways to keep the RoadRunners off the board.

A bad bounce at 8:21 ruined the potential shutout for Feeney. Topeka carried it into the zone with Vukonich sending a centering pass that went off the skate of Wyatt Mathews and five hole on Feeney. Brendan Schultze and Branden Rons picked up assists on the play.

Lone Star outshot Topeka 34-18 on the night and 78-29 in the two game series. They also scored the only power play goal on the night going 1-2 while holding the RoadRunners to 0-2.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Amarillo at Odessa

Odessa went into the third down 1-0 before turning up the wick. They four goals in the frame off the sticks of Zac Hermann, Dulan Johnson, Matt Brown and Peyton Frantti to claimd a 4-2 win. Brett Epp stopped 30 of 32 on the night for the win.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 Shreveport Mudbugs 40 29 6 3 2 63
2 Odessa Jackalopes 44 25 14 3 2 55
3 Lone Star Brahmas 37 20 10 4 3 47
4 Corpus Christi IceRays 42 18 16 3 5 44
5 Amarillo Bulls 41 15 19 4 3 37
6 Topeka RoadRunners 42 14 25 1 2 31

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