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Brahmas Control Game With Special Teams

The Lone Star Brahmas and Kenai River Brown Bears open play at the NYTEX Sports Centre Friday in a contest the Brahmas would win 3-1.

The Lone Star Brahmas welcomed the Kenai River Brown Bears into NYTEX Sports Centre for the first time in team history on Friday to open a two game set.

The first power play of the night went to Kenai River on an Aidan Spellacy cross check at 7:37 of the opening frame. Kenai River had one shot on goal with the man advantage coming on a onetimer from the near faceoff dot, but Harrison Feeney had the answer. Lone Star put the puck into the back of the net with about 3:30 left in the period when Emack Bentley sent a beautiful centering pass to Connor Pooley from behind the net and Pooley rifled it over the right shoulder of Gavin Enright, but the  Brown Bears goalie had kicked the far post off its mooring and the goal was waived off.

Lone Star’s first power play opportunity came thanks to a Zach Krajnik boarding major on Michael Montambault along the far halfwall. The hit left Montambault down along the wall for an extended period with a pool of blood. It took the Brahmas only 68 seconds to cash in with Jakub Sirota sending the puck to Steven Ipri deep on the right side. Ipri found Ture Linden in the high slot for a blast just inside the near post at 7:50 of the second. Moments later Sutton McDonald had a shorthanded breakaway, Feeney closed down the five hole to make the save. At the 10:00 minute mark, Markuss Komuls was whistled for a cross check behind the Kenai River cage putting Lone Star on a 5 on 3 power play. Again the Brahmas scored quickly with Sirota getting it started again moving the puck to defensive partner Kyle Hallbauer at the near point. Hallbauer fed it to Linden low on the near side for a bad angle wrister into the back of the net at the 10:30 mark. The point for Hallbauer came on a big day for the Brahmas defenseman as he celebrated his 21st birthday and on the day he announced his NCAA commitment to RPI for the 2018/19 season.

The Brahmas’ power play came through once again at 5:50 of the third when Drew Lennon sent the puck from the blueline to Spellacy at the far halfwall. Justin Addamo had dropped anchor in the high slot and sent a onetimer on goal off a Spellacy feed for the goal.

Kenai River finally got on the board with 9:46 to go in the contest after a shot on goal by Komuls was kicked to the corner by Feeney. Filip Karlsson picked it up and threw it on net with the near post off the mooring. While the Brahmas goal in the first was waived off due to a dislodged net, the Kenai goal was allowed to stand.

Lone Star outshot the Brown Bears 24-20 in the contest and were 3-5 on the power play while holding Kenai River scoreless on four opportunities.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Odessa at Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi jumped out to an early two goal lead, but the Jackalopes came roaring back with Ricky Carballo and Zac Hermann scoring before the end of the first to go into the second tied at 2-2. Jared Christy and Petr Miko scored for Odessa in the second then Matt Brown added one early in the third. Corpus Christi added one late for the 5-3 final. Alex Camarre made 28 saves in the win.

Amarillo at Topeka

Amarillo held a two goal lead going into the third when Topeka’s Dallas Tulik and Chad Hillebrand scored to force overtime. Matt Barnes scored at 2:13 of the extra frame to clinch it for the RoadRunners. Sam Metcalf picked up the win with 32 saves.

Fairbanks at Shreveport

Samuel Ruffin had the only goal of the opening 20 minutes of play to stake the Ice Dogs to an early lead. Kyle Mayhew added to the lead in the second before Shreveport scored twice to knot the score. Jake Borgida scored for the visitors with just under 6:30 left for the game winner. Josh Benson recorded the win on 24 shots faced.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 x – Shreveport Mudbugs 48 35 8 3 2 75
2 Lone Star Brahmas 46 25 12 5 4 59
3 Odessa Jackalopes 47 26 16 3 2 57
4 Corpus Christi IceRays 49 22 19 3 5 52
5 Amarillo Bulls 47 17 22 5 3 42
6 Topeka RoadRunners 45 14 27 2 2 32

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