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Brahmas Suffer 3-0 Shutout Loss To Icerays

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Chad Veltri and the Corpus Christi Icerays shutout the Lone Star Brahmas to split the two game series and snap the Brahmas five game win streak and six game point streak.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas came into their Friday night contest against the Corpus Christi Icerays riding a five game win streak. The Icerays who had allowed the Brahmas to come back from one goal deficits twice the night before were determined to take the game to Lone Star and came out strong from the initial puck drop.

An early checking from behind major on Owen Farris put the Brahmas in a hole and the Icerays on a five minute power play at 5:17 of the first. Just as Lone Star had on Friday night, the Icerays quickly handed back two minutes of the major power play when Chad Veltri fired the puck over the glass for a delay of game minor. However, a slashing call on Connor Stuart led to a 5 on 3 power play for 68 seconds. Lone Star managed to kill off the penalties and send the teams to the first intermission in a scoreless tie.

It only took 1:01 into the second period for the Icerays to take the lead on a Jayson Dimizio goal. A defensive zone turn over led to Angus Scott pushing the puck up the wall to Grayson Gavin at the half wall. Gavin found Dimizio in front where he roofed a backhander over Harrison Feeney.

With 2:36 left in the frame Jakub Sirota and Dimizio came together in the far corner of the Brahmas’ defensive zone and the gloves came off. Dimizio started chucking rights over the top landing twice before missing with a couple more. Sirota got in one good right opening Dimizio up under the left eye then Dimizio took him to the ice throwing a couple more rights.

The Icerays went up two goals at the 9:23 mark of the third. Julian Makary looked to be cycling the puck behind Feeney’s net from the far side, but just as he reached the corner of the net he sent it to Rylee St. Onge anchored just off the far post. St. Onge fluttered a backhander under the crossbar for the goal. Adam Kadlec picked up the secondary assist on the play. Blake Coffey would add an empty net goal from Brendan Miller and St. Onge with 1:21 to play to seal the deal.

Lone Star held a one shot advantage in the shots on goal battle 25-24. Both teams were scoreless on the power play with the Brahmas going 0-1 and the Icerays 0-4. Despite the shots on goal advantage the Brahmas never seemed to find their groove in the game and the Icerays appeared to control play for the majority of the contest.

The loss ended several streaks for the Brahmas. The shutout was the first suffered by the Brahmas since November 2, a stretch of 21 games. Lone Star lost a five game win streak and six game point streak. Steven Ipri saw his five game goal scoring streak snapped and Sirota had his eight game point streak come to an end.

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at Amarillo

The teams traded goals in the first with Roberts Baranovskis scoring 2:20 after Amarillo had taken the lead to pull the Mudbugs even. Cameron Cook and Andrew Lane scored either side of a Bulls tally in the second to take a 3-2 lead into the third. Amarillo had the only goal of the third to force overtime where Cook picked up his second of the night for the game winner. Gustavs Gringals recorded the win making 33 saves.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

1 Shreveport Mudbugs

41

30 6 3 2

65

2 Odessa Jackalopes

44

25 14 3 2

55

3 Lone Star Brahmas

40

22 11 4 3

51

4 Corpus Christi IceRays

44

19 17 3 5

46

5 Amarillo Bulls

42

15 19 5 3

38

6 Topeka RoadRunners

43

14 26 1 2

31

 

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