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Brahmas Hang On For 4-3 Win Over Odessa

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Owen Farris scored his second goal of the week which turned out to be the game winner as the Lone Star Brahmas downed the Odessa Jackalopes 4 - 3.

 

The Odessa Jackalopes controlled play in the opening frame manhandling the Lone Star Brahmas for most of the first 20 minutes of play. Lone Star came roaring back in the second only to have to scramble in the third for the win.

The Jackalopes made it 1-0 6:42 into the first when Blake Bride and Eric Huss went on a two on one with Kyle Hallbauer hustling to get back. Huss did his job and shielded Hallbauer from gutting across to the shooter and Bride sent it past Mitchell Gibson glove side.  Nick Wilson was credited with the only assist on the play.

At the 8:29 mark of the second, the teams lined up for a faceoff to Alex Camarre’s right with Aidan Spellacy and Matt Brown in the circle. Spellacy pushed the draw forward then muscled his way past Brown to slide the puck across to Emack Bentley coming off the hashmarks to flip inside the far post.  At 12:22 Gibson sent a breakout pass to Steven Ipri in front of the Lone Star bench. Ipri went streaking in and fired it off the pads of Camarre then picked up his own rebound. The Brahmas’ forward carried it behind the net then sent it diagonal across ice to Connor Stewart at the near point for a bomb toward net. Jon Russell had gone to the front of the net and redirected the shot into the net for the 2-1 lead. Lone Star scored again off a faceoff with 2:00 minutes left to play in the middle frame. Justin Addamo and Peyton Frantti set up for the draw which Frantti clearly won back to Zach Heintz who tried to flip it high out of the corner. Addamo had slid back to the high slot and used his 6’ 6” frame to go high to glove it down. He dropped the puck at his feet and rifled it high glove side to pad the Brahmas’ lead and chase Camarre from net in favor of Brett Epp.

Early in the third, the Jacks cut the lead to one off a neutral ice turn over. Petr Miko sent Viktor Johansson in on a rush to fire one on net from the near circle. Gibson made a stick save with the puck jumping up in front of him where he tried to swat it aside, but it went off the shaft of his stick right to Jared Christy who deposited it into the open net just 2:24 into the period. Odessa went on their first power play of the night soon after on a Chase Pletzke high sticking minor. It took them just 35 seconds to cash in after Lone Star made the initial clear. Zac Hermann steadied the puck behind Epp’s cage then carried it out and left it for Heintz. Heintz cut away from Ipri at the Jackalopes’ blueline and went barreling into the Brahmas zone stepping around Stuart in the near circle and rifled it high glove side at the 5:50 mark.

With 7:40 to go, Bentley stepped in front of a Lucas Andersson shot from the far point and took it the other way down the left wing with Addamo and Owen Farris in tow. Erik Nilsson was the only white sweater back and did all he could do, but Bentley dropped it for Addamo and he swung it to Farris in the right wing circle for a quick wrister past Epp glove side. Near the 14:00 mark the Jackalopes came in on an odd man rush of their own with the puck moving up the near side. The shot went off a body in front and Christy slapped it out of midair, but Gibson flew across from the near post to stone him with the glove. The light went off, the goal horn sounded and the fans came to their feet thinking Odessa had scored, but the top goalie in the league broke their hearts.

Odessa pulled Epp with 1:22 left for the extra attacker, but were unable to solve Gibson with the equalizer.

Shots on goal were 31 apiece. The Brahmas were 0-1 on the power play while the Jackalopes were 1-2.

With the win the Brahmas clinched a playoff spot and put two more points between themselves and Odessa in the South Division standings.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Corpus Christi at Amarillo

Brendan Datema opened the scoring for the Bulls after a scoreless first period, but the Icerays pulled even before the end of the frame. Alex Peterson and Trey Bagwell put Amarillo back on top midway through the third. Corpus Christi cut the lead to one, but could not pull even. Trevor Micucci picked up the win on 23 saves.

Topeka at Shreveport

The Mudbugs had little difficulty putting away the RoadRunners in game one of their series. Jake Transit scored the lone goal in the first to send Shreveport into the second with a lead. After Topeka tied it up early Brendan VanSweden scored to retake the lead in front on two Jordan Fader tallies to push the lead to 4-1. Jack Clement and Transit added third period scores with Topeka picking one up late. Jaxon Castor faced only seven shots on goal in the win.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 x – Shreveport Mudbugs 51 37 9 3 2 79
2 Lone Star Brahmas 49 28 12 5 4 65
3 Odessa Jackalopes 48 27 17 3 2 59
4 Corpus Christi IceRays 51 22 21 3 5 52
5 Amarillo Bulls 50 18 23 6 3 45
6 Topeka RoadRunners 48 16 28 2 2 36

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