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Brahmas Ride Feeney Shutout Over Brown Bears

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Harrison Feeney pitched his first shutout of the season to lead the Lone Star Brahmas past the Kenai River Brown Bears 5-0.


The Lone Star Brahmas entered play on Saturday night with an opportunity to complete weekend and season sweeps of the Kenai River Brown Bears.

Just as they had on Friday night the Brown Bears went on an early power play due to a Chase Pletzke interference call. Just as the penalty expired, Anton Sandberg picked off the puck in the Brahmas defensive zone and sent it to Pletzke coming out of the box for a touch pass to Emack Bentley streaking down the right wing. Bentley used his speed to gain separation from the defender, dusted it off and sent it past the right skate of Kevin Lake. Time of the goal was 4:05. Just over two minutes later, Ture Linden continued his big weekend winning a puck battle with Markuss Komuls in the far corner. Linden sent it to Jon Russell on the endboard then cut to center taking the return pass and stuffing it past Lake for his third goal of the series. Joey Trazzera skating in his first career NAHL shift was credited with the secondary assist on play.

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Owen Farris scored his first of the season in a 5-0 win over Kenai River.

Steven Ipri drew the Brahmas first power play with less than four seconds left in the first with a power move to the net splitting Cameron McDonald and Gil Garcia forcing Garcia to take a slashing minor to prevent the scoring chance. With the Brahmas on the man advantage early in the second they lined up for a faceoff to Lake’s left. Linden pulled the draw back to Kyle Hallbauer and he sent a pass off the penalty box wall to Ipri flying down the wing. Ipri drove the crease getting Lake to commit to the forehand then flipped a backhander into the top right corner of the net. The power play goal came at just 0:29 of the middle frame. With 13:03 to go, Owen Farris picked up the puck on a neutral ice draw then made a nifty stick handling move around Joseph Allegrini atop the near circle and sent it bar down to push the lead to 4-0. With just 14 seconds left, Linden carried the puck behind the goal from the left out the opposite side with David Kaplan harassing him all the way. Linden button hooked skating back behind the net and found Jabub Sirota at the bottom of the near circle for a onetime blast over the glove hand.

The only fireworks of the final frame came with the gloves off. At 11:29 of the third Frank Trazzera and Connor Scahill came together in the far corner of the Brown Bears zone. Scahill grabbed Trazzera and threw a couple of uppercuts before Trazzera came back and started chucking overhand rights landing four before the two went to the ice.

Lone Star more than doubled Kenai River in shots on goal at 37-15 and scored the only power play goal on the night going 1-5 while the Brown Bears were 0-5. The Brahmas also recorded a couple of firsts on the season. Harrison Feeney stopped all the rubber that came his way for his first shutout of the season and Owen Farris scored his first goal of the season.

The Brahmas will host the NAHL South Division leading Shreveport Mudbugs in a Sunday matinee with a 4:00 puck drop.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Odessa at Corpus Christi

After a scoreless first the Icerays took a brief one goal lead in the second. James Crossman scored the first for Odessa less than two minutes after the Corpus Christi goal. Crossman added another followed by another Icerays tally. Ricky Carballo and Matt Brown added third period goals for Odessa for the 4-2 final. Brett Epp logged the win on 36 saves.

Amarillo at Topeka

Justin Kelley had the only goal of the first for the RoadRunners to take a 1-0 lead into the second. Nick Schultz added to the lead before Amarillo got on the board just past the midway point of the contest. Jakub Urbanek scored moments later to snuff out any thoughts of a Bulls comeback. Chad Hildebrand scored an empty net goal late in the third to close out the scoring. Emil Gransoe scored the win making 25 saves.

Fairbanks at Shreveport

The Mudbugs snapped the Ice Dogs 24 game winning streak in a seven round shootout. Fairbanks carried a one goal lead into the third period where Cole Quisenberry scored just 57 seconds into the frame. The score remained deadlocked at 1-1 through the rest of the third and overtime setting up a shootout. Derek Contessa got the game winner for Shreveport in round seven while Jaxon Castor stopped every shooter he faced. Castor made a total of 20 shots on goal through overtime.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 x – Shreveport Mudbugs 49 36 8 3 2 77
2 Lone Star Brahmas 47 26 12 5 4 61
3 Odessa Jackalopes 48 27 16 3 2 59
4 Corpus Christi IceRays 50 22 20 3 5 52
5 Amarillo Bulls 49 17 23 6 3 43
6 Topeka RoadRunners 47 16 27 2 2 36

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