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Brahmas Blank Bulls 4-0

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Kimball Johnson scored twice and MItchell Gibson recorded his 10th shutout of the season in route to a 4-0 win over the visiting Amarillo Bulls.

 

The final two games of the Battle of the Cattle series between the Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls got underway Friday night at NYTEX Sports Centre.

The Bulls playing for their playoff lives came out strong in the opening period putting pressure on the Lone Star defense. Early in the first, Jason Brancheau and Marcus Chorney went on a two on one odd man rush with Jakub Sirota back to defend. Sirota took the shooting land from Brancheau forcing a pass to the trailer Chorney, but Mitchell Gibson went post to post to make the pad save.

With about 10 seconds left in the first, Michael Montambault, playing in his first game back from injury, cut to the near post and sent a wrister off the pipe to keep the game scoreless.

At 2:31 of the second Owen Farris fed the puck from behind the net to Aidan Spellacy in the near corner. The Brahmas’ Alternate Captain sent it to Anton Sandberg at the point then followed the pass to the top of the leftwing circle for the return pass and fired it glove side on Trevor Micucci to make it 1-0 Lone Star.

The Brahmas scored even quicker in the third Kyle Hallbauer carried the puck behind Gibson’s net then sent it up the middle to Sirota. His backhand pass found Jon Russell in front of the visitors’ penalty box. Russell drove into the far circle, made a stick move around Nick Anderson then cut across the goal mouth and put it past the left pad at 2:06. With 9:29 to play the Brahmas went on the power play. It took them only 16 seconds to cash in. After winning the faceoff the puck was put behind the net from the near side ringing around to Drew Lennon at the far halfwall. Lennon bumped it out to Austin Bottrell who skated it to the middle of the ice before sending it to Kimball Johnson in the near circle. Johnson’s wrister went blocker side on Micucci. With 1:04 left, Johnson picked up his second of the game on a 180 foot empty netter to make it 4-0.

Lone Star outshot Amarillo 27-17 on the night and had the only power play goal of the contest going 1-3 while holding the Bulls to 0-5. While the boxscore linked below has the goal scorers and timing correct, the assists are incorrect on multiple goals.

With the win the Brahmas are ensured of Home Ice Advantage in the first round of the NAHL Playoffs. The shutout was Mitchell Gibson’s 10th of the season, twice the total of the next nearest total. The Brahmas now have a nine game win streak.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Topeka at Odessa

Matt Brown and Blake Bride put Odessa up two in the first half of the opening frame, but Topeka came back to tie it up before the period ended. After a scoreless second Bride and Ricky Carballo scored before Topeka picked up their third and final goal. Zach Heintz scored an empty netter to seal the deal. Alex Camarre picked up the win with 44 saves.

Corpus Christi at Shreveport

The Icerays held a 3-2 lead after one period on goals from Larry Jungwirth, Jayson Dimizio and Rylee St. Onge. Dimizio scored again in the second, but Shreveport scored twice in the second to force overtime and eventually a shootout. Adam Kadlec and Brendan Miller scored for Corpus Christi in the shootout while Chad Veltri stopped three of the four shot he saw. Veltri made 40 saves through overtime in the win.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 x – Shreveport Mudbugs 55 40 9 3 3 86
2 x – Lone Star Brahmas 54 33 12 5 4 75
3 x – Odessa Jackalopes 55 29 21 3 2 63
4 Corpus Christi IceRays 55 25 22 3 5 58
5 Amarillo Bulls 55 19 26 7 3 48
6 Topeka RoadRunners 54 17 33 2 2 38

 

 

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