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Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Connor Stuart potted the overtime game winner from Austin Bottrell and Julian Biondo as the Lone Star Brahmas took a 4-3 win over the Corpus Christi Icerays.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Corpus Christi Icerays opened a two game series which closes out the regular season for both squads and serves as a tuneup for each team heading into the playoffs.

The Icerays jumped out to a lead at 8:46 into the contest when Brendan Miller managed to pull the puck off the end wall between a couple bodies and centered it to Adam Kadlec all alone in front. Harrison Feeney stepped out to challenge Kadlec, but he went forehand-backhand to open the scoring. Larry Jungwirth was credited with the secondary assist on the play.

It took Lone Star just 1:03 to provide an answer to the Icerays’ goal. Connor Stuart nudged the puck to Owen Farris who went on a two on two rush up ice with Austin Bottrell. Farris carried it down the middle of the ice into the zone and ripped it high over the crossbar off the glass. The carom jumped back out front to Bottrell just off the left post to deposit past Will Tragge.

Corpus Christi made it 2-1 with a shorthanded goal at 13:15 Garrett Hallford sending a breakout pass off the far wall to Jayson Dimizio who got between Anton Sandberg and Stuart with speed. Dimizio drove the crease and put it five hole on Feeney to retake the lead.

After some back and forth play in the second the icerays were gifted a power play when Wyatt Mathews lit Hallford up with what appeared to be a clean hit at center ice as the Icerays forward tried to carry the puck into the zone. Near the end of the Corpus Christi power play Hallford sent a cross ice pass to Dimizio for a onetimer from the far circle, but Feeney slid across the goal mouth to turn aside the blast.

Moments later the Brahmas got a power play of their own and had extended pressure in the Icerays’ zone. Bottrell sent the puck to Kimball Johnson up top then went to the front of the net. Johnson sent a rocket on net, but Tragge gave up a big rebound out between the hash marks. Michael Montambault jumped on the loose puck and pumped it past the Icerays netminder through a Bottrell screen. Time of the goal was 11:53. Under two minutes later, Drew Lennon slid the puck into the far corner where Bottrell pulled it away from Blake Coffey. Bottrell headed toward the net looking like he was going to go behind the cage. Just as he reached the far post he pushed the puck off the pads of Tragge. Nobody picked up Ture Linden at the near post and he put it under the pads for the Brahmas’ first lead of the night.

Feeney had to make saves on two big onetimers late in the frame to protect the one goal lead going into the second intermission.

At 6:22 into the third the Icerays knotted it up once more as Angus Scott pushed it deep for Grayson Gavin to carry behind the cage of Feeney. As Gavin exited the far side of the net he found Bud Winter cruising in on the near side for the backdoor goal.

Nearing the two minute mark of overtime Bottrell stripped the puck in the Brahmas’ defensive zone on a strong backcheck. He turned back up ice in front of the benches with Stuart in tow on his right. Bottrell drew Conor Yawney to him near the top of the near circle then sent a beautiful saucer pass across to Stuart in stride for the game winner over the left pad.

Corpus Christi outshot Lone Star 30-18 on the night, but the Brahmas had the only power play goal of the contest going 1-4 while the Icerays were 0-3 plus a shorthanded goal. The win was Feeney’s seventh in a row and Austin Bottrell now has four overtime points and has been involved in every overtime game winners for the Brahmas this season.

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Amarillo at Topeka

It was all Bulls on Friday night at the Kansas Expo Center. Alex Peterson and Gleb Murtazin scored in the first followed by Billy Duma and Nick Stuckless in the second. Peterson scored his second of the night early in the third then Trey Bagwell finished off the scoring to make it 6-0. Jason Grande stopped all 25 shots he faced for his sixth shutout of the season.

Shreveport at Odessa

After the Mudbugs opened the scoring in the first Petr Miko scored to even it a 1-1 going into the second. Miko lit the lamp again in the second, but Shreveport would come back with the tying goal late in the frame. Peyton Frantti had the only goal of the third to grab the win for the Jackalopes. Alex Camarre stopped 29 of 31 for the win.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 y – Shreveport Mudbugs 59 41 11 3 4 89
2 x – Lone Star Brahmas 59 37 12 6 4 84
3 x – Odessa Jackalopes 59 32 22 3 2 69
4 x – Corpus Christi IceRays 59 27 23 4 5 63
5 Amarillo Bulls 59 22 26 8 3 55
6 Topeka RoadRunners 59 17 38 2 2 38

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