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Brahmas Sweep Icerays With Another OT Win

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Lone Star closed out the regular season with a sweep of the Corpus Christi Icreays winning their second overtime game in as many nights. Mitchell Gibson equaled the NAHL single season shutout record logging his 11th of the season. He also finished with the league lead in goals against average and save percentage.


The Lone Star Brahmas completed a road sweep of the Corpus Christi Icerays with their second overtime win in as many nights.

Lone Star controlled much of the play early and had a couple of opportunities in close which Chad Veltri was able to swallow up.

With under a  minute left to play in the first, a cross ice diagonal pass from Justin Addamo in the near corner bounced over Wyatt Matthews stick at the far point. Pavel Koreshkov picked it up in stride and looked to be on a lone man rush toward Mitchell Gibson and the Brahmas’ net. Jakub Sirota turned on the jets and chased Koreshkov down to lift the stick preventing the Russian forward from getting a clean shot allowing Gibson to make an easy save.

The second period was rather uneventful with neither team really able to generate much in the way of offense. The most excitement came with 0.2 seconds left in the frame. Grayson Gavin and Larry Jungwirth went on a two on one rush with Anton Sandberg back to defend. Gavin tried to send a saucer pass across to Jungwirth that Sandberg knocked down with the stick. Jungwirth continued on and barreled over Gibson in the net earning a charging minor. The game went into the second intermission still locked in a scoreless tie.

The closest to a score through the midpoint of the third came on a fluky bounce. With the Icerays on their third power play of the night a centering pass went of the skate of Drew Lennon, Gibson was able to react in time to fall on the puck and cover it before it could slip across the goal line. Moments later with the power play winding down Jayson Dimizio fired a onetimer from the blueline that Gibson knocked down. Garrett Hallford was on the doorstep to put the rebound back on net, but Gibson stood tall once again to push it to the end wall.

Addamo had a couple of good shots on goal in the second half of the period, but could not get it past Veltri. With neither team able to score, the game went to overtime for the second night in a row.

The Brahmas picked up the game winner at 1:27 into the extra frame. Sirota partially blocked a shot in the Brahmas defensive end then found Julian Biondo at the far half wall. Biondo sent it to Addamo and the two went on a rush. Addamo met defensive pressure just inside the blueline and gave it back to the Lone Star Captain with Gavin working him over with the stick. Biondo carried it to the net going forehand – backhand to put it over the right pad of Veltri for the game winner.

The Brahmas outshot the Icerays 33-24 on the night. Neither team was able to score on the man advantage with Lone Star 0 – 2 and Corpus Christi 0 – 4.

Mitchell Gibson picked up his 11th shutout of the season equaling the NAHL record for shutouts in a single regular season. The Brahmas also pushed their point streak to 15 straight games to close out the regular season.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Amarillo at Topeka

For the second night in a row the Bulls had their way with Topeka. Cameron Barkoski scored just 1:19 into the game to take the early lead. Topeka managed to score their first of the weekend, but Nic Griebenow put the Bulls back on top. In the second Marcus Chorney scored unassisted at the 0:44 mark followed by Jared Domin just over three minutes later. Topeka managed one more tally to cut into the lead. The Bulls scored early in the period for the third straight frame as Stephen Rex found the back of the net 1:01 into the third. Chorney added his second of the night with 1:09 left in the contest. Trevor Micucci picked up the win making 32 saves.


Shreveport at Odessa

Odessa swept the visiting Mudbugs by a score of 5-2. Matt Brown had the only goal of the first period for a 1-0 Jackalopes lead going into the second. In the middle frame they pushed the lead to four with Dylan Johnson, Zac Herrmann and Viktor Johannson doing the damage. Shreveport managed two in the third sandwiched around another goal from Johnson, but could get no closer. Alex Camarre made 45 saves in the win.


Final NAHL South Division Standings

1 y – Shreveport Mudbugs 60 41 12 3 4 89
2 x – Lone Star Brahmas 60 38 12 6 4 86
3 x – Odessa Jackalopes 60 33 22 3 2 71
4 x – Corpus Christi IceRays 60 27 23 5 5 64
5 Amarillo Bulls 60 23 26 8 3 57
6 Topeka RoadRunners 60 17 39 2 2 38

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