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Brahmas Complete Sweep Of Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Frankie Trazzera scored his first of the post season to open the scoring in the Lone Star Brahmas 4-1 win over the Odessa Jackalopes bouncing Odessa from the playoffs and moving the Brahmas on to the NAHL South Division Finals.


The Lone Star Brahmas took to the Ector County Coliseum ice needing a win to sweep the Odessa Jackalopes and move on to the NAHL South Division Finals.

Lone Star took a lead at 7:33 of the first after Michael Montambault fired one on net from the near boards. Brett Epp blockered it off with the puck jumping high in the air. Frankie Trazzera came flying in splitting Dylan Johnson and Noah Poindexter to glove it down at the near hash mark then fired it past Epp stick side.

With 6:30 left in the frame, the Jackalopes had some pressure on when Ricky Carballo got the puck on the backdoor for a quick wrister. Mitchell Gibson made a strong move across the goal mouth and snatched the puck away with the glove hand to preserve the lead.

The Brahmas made it 2-0 with five ticks left on the clock in period one. Justin Addamo blocked a Jackalopes shot in the far circle then hit Connor Stuart coming out of the penalty box turning the defenseman loose on a breakaway. Stuart drove the crease and fired it over the right pad of Epp.

Epp did his best Gibson impersonation at the 7:15 mark of the second flashing out the glove to rob Addamo’s backhander from the bottom of the far circle.

Kyle Hallbauer scored Lone Star’s first power play goal of the series at 17:30 of the second to extend the lead to three. Ture Linden got it started pushing it from the leftwing circle to Jakub  Sirota at the near point. He moved it alo

With 6:01 to go in the third, Julian Biondo was sent to the box for a cross check. Odessa pulled Epp for the extra attacker and a 6 on 4 power play. With 25 seconds left on the Biondo minor, Sirota was sent off for a checking from behind giving the Jackalopes a 6 on 3 man advantage. Just as the first minor expired, a scramble in front led to Blake Bride pushing a loose puck five hole on Gibson to spoil the shutout. Time of the goal was 16:06.

An empty net goal from Owen Farris who outhustled the Odessa defense to put in a tip from Austin Bottrell at the blueline pushing the Brahmas’ lead back to three at 18:31.

Lone Star out shot Odessa 28-27 on the night. Both teams had a single power play goal with the Brahmas going 1-6 and the Jackalopes 1-5.

With the win the Brahmas sweep the Jackalopes and advance to face the winner of the Corpus Christi at Shreveport game five at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport.




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Shreveport at Corpus Christi

Shreveport’s Cole Quisenberry opened the scoring at 10:50 of the first. Just over one minute later it was Adam Kadlec pulling the Icerays even and sending the teams to the first intermission tied at 1-1. Gueorgui Feduolov had the only goal of the second to take a 2-1 lead for the Mudbugs. With just 1:08 left in regulation Brendan Miller tied it up once again to force overtime. At 11:43 of the extra frame Grayson Gavin potted the game winner for the Icerays to force a decisive game five back in Shreveport. Chad Veltri picked up the win on 36 saves while Gustavs Gringals took the hard luck loss on 27 shots faced.

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