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Brahmas Take One Game Lead Against Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Lone Star Brahmas defenseman Jakub Sirota got the comeback started with a second period goal to tie the game 1-1.


Odessa took the first lead of the contest with 3:37 left in the first thanks to a gift power play. The man advantage came when Aidan Spellacy tried to push the puck past Alex Camarre just off the far post and after the whistle Odessa defenseman Connor Fedorek jumped on Spellacy from behind. Spellacy grabbed him and the two went to the ice. Referee Robert Esposito must have only seen Spellacy in the fracas and instead of what should have been offsetting minors handed the Jackalopes a power play.

At the time of the power play Lone Star was leading Odessa 8-3 in shots on goal, but Odessa put the puck in deep and with heavy traffic in front put seven shots on Mitchell Gibson. The Brahmas’ netminder was able to turn aside six, but the seventh got past him blocker side. Matt Brown was credited with the goal while Blake Bride and Zac Herrmann picked up the assists.

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Justin Addamo had the game winner on a strong move to the net in the third.

Moments later the Jackalopes had the opportunity to go up two. Odessa leading scorer Ricky Carballo received a pass all alone in front of the Brahmas’ penalty box with nothing but clear ice to Gibson as the Brahmas changed. Jakub Sirota came off the bench flying and caught Carballo at the right hash marks pushing the puck to the corner.

Lone Star pulled even at 9:39 of the second after a big play by Austin Bottrell to keep the play alive. He pushed it into the far corner for Spellacy who spun and found Michael Montambault behind the cage. Montambault moved it Sirota in the near corner. The Czech defenseman escaped two Jackalopes defenders then sent the puck off the back of Camarre from below the goal line for the score.

With just about 30 seconds left Fedorek got behind the defense along the far boards. Anton Sandberg chased him down and lifted the stick to prevent a shot on the breakaway.

Early in the third Emack Bentley picked up the puck in front of the Lone Star Bench and was off to the races blowing past the Odessa defense. Bentley carried it deep then dropped it for Bottrell who pounded it off of Camarre. Lone Star took their first lead of the night when Gibson pushed a rebound out of his crease to Connor Stuart. His pass hit Justin Addamo in stride just outside the Odessa blueline. Addamo made a power move past Nick McKeeby in the rightwing circle and lifted a backhander over Camarre off the crossbar and in. Time of the goal was 8:44 of the third.

Ture Linden made a huge defensive play with about four minutes left to play. With Gibson down and out of the net, Linden sacrificed his body to lay out and block a shot which was headed for the open net.

With 19 seconds left and the Odessa net empty, Kyle Hallbauer sent one about 180 feet for an unassisted goal and a 3-1 Brahmas lead.

Lone Star was outshot 35-28 on the night. Odessa had the only power play tally going 1-2 and the Brahmas were 0-3. The Brahmas go up one game to none in the best of five series with game two scheduled for 7:30 Saturday night at NYTEX Sports Centre.



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