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Brahmas Go Up Two Games On Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Photography: Lone Star Brahmas Alternate Captain Aidan Spellacy scored the game winner in the third as the Brahmas took a 2 games to none lead over the Odessa Jackalopes in the best of five NAHL South Division Semi-Finals


The Lone Star Brahmas extended their NAHL South Division Semi-Finals lead to two games over the Odessa Jackalopes with a 2-1 win on Saturday night. The Brahmas used their home ice advantage with the support of the NYTEX Sports Centre crowd to move within one win of moving on to the Division Finals.

Lone Star dominated the opening 20 minutes of play everywhere, but on the scoreboard. The Brahmas outshot the Jackalopes 11-4 in the frame however, neither team was able to find the back of the net.

It didn’t take the Brahmas long once the puck dropped for the second period to dent the scoreboard with Michael Montambault hammering a onetimer from the high slot past Brett Epp. Julian Biondo and Frankie Trazzera were credited with the assists on the goal at 1:15. Once again Lone Star held a decided advantage in pucks on goal outshooting Odessa 15-6.

With just under two minutes gone in the third, Ricky Carballo found Evan Somoza with a cross ice pass and he fired it past Mitchell Gibson to even the score. Peyton Frantti picked up the secondary assist on the play.

Any momentum that the Jackalopes may have gained with the goal was quickly squashed when Justin Addamo moved the puck to Austin Bottrell who sent it to Aidan Spellacy on the backdoor. Spellacy’s goal came just 24 seconds after the Somoza goal to put the Brahmas back on top for good.

Midway through the frame the Jackalopes thought they had pulled even once again, but they had carried the puck in offsides before the shot and the goal was immediately waived off.

The Brahmas outshot the Jackalopes 35-19 in the contest. Neither team was able to take advantage on the power play.



Elsewhere In The NAHL South Division Playoffs

Corpus Christi at Shreveport

The Icerays took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission after a period filled with 64 penalty minutes. Cameron Cook would even the score on the power play at 6:27 of the second on a deflection in front. After Corpus Christi had gone back in front early in the third, Derek Contessa scored for Shreveport. With 5:30 left in the third Andrew Lane put one off the post and into the back of the net to give the Mudbugs their first lead of the game. Jaxon Castor made 33 saves in the win. The Mudbugs now stand just one win away from advancing to the Division Finals.

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