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Brahmas Fall To 1-2-0-1 On The Young Season


The Chippewa Steel struck first against the Lone Star Brahmas at 2:42 of the first when they picked off a clearing pass and went the other way. Camden Thiesing carried it into the zone and used the defense as a screen to put it past Wes Mankowski.  Tomas Vochozka had the loan assist on the play. With Chippewa skating on the power play and 4:08 left in the first, Mankowski made a big post to post puch to turn aside a golden opportunity from the near circle and Kimball Johnson fired the rebound off the endwall to remove the puck from further danger.

The Brahmas pulled even at the 4:28 mark of the second on the power play. They moved the puck from the point to Johnson at the top of the near circle. Johnson delayed to allow traffic to develop then sent it toward the front of the net for Frank Trazzera to redirect past Owen Zdunski for the score.

Unfortunately, the Steel came right back down the ice to retake the lead. Thiesing put the rebound of a Killian Kiecker-Olson shot over Mankowski just 16 seconds after the Brahmas had tied it up. Vochozka had the secondary assist on the play that chased Mankowski from net in favor of Harrison Feeney. With 5.7 left in the frame a turn over at the blueline turned Connor Zilisch loose on a rush up ice. He pushed the puck between the skates of Jakub Sirota then past the right pad of Feeney for the two goal lead.

An empty netter with 2:11 left to play by Connor Szmul off a feed from Filip Dusek made the final score 4-1.

The Steel out shot the Brahmas 29-27 in the contest. The Brahmas had the only power play goal of the contest going 1-4 while the Steel were 0-2.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Jamestown at Amarillo

The Bulls took a page from South Division foe Corpus Christi’s playbook Thursday and poured on the offense against the Rebels Friday morning. Alex Peterson, Logan Jenuwine and Jason Brancheau opened the contest with goals in the first and Amarillo never looked back. In the middle frame it was Brendan Datema, Jenuwine, Jake Willets and Peterson doing the damage. In the third the Bulls took off some of the pressure scoring just twice from Nick Anderson and Ryan Lautenbach. While the offense was on a tear, netminder Jason Grande was not going to go unnoticed stopping all 22 shots that came his way for the shutout.

Corpus Christi at Minot

After reeling off a 7-3 win the night before, the Icerays offense was nowhere to be found on Friday and they dropped a 4-0 decision to the Minotauros. Ethan Peterson took the loss for Corpus Christi making 26 saves.

Topeka at Austin

The Pilots and Bruins skated to a 1-1 tie through regulation. Michael Muschitiello pulled the Pilots even with a goal 1:37 into the second where it remained through overtime. Austin McCarthy and Muschitiello scored in the second and third rounds of the shootout while Sam Metcalf stopped all the Bruins shooters on top of the 41 he made through overtime.

Springfield at Odessa

Jared Christy split a pair of Jr Blues goals in the first to go into the second with Odessa trailing by one. Springfield extended their lead with the only tally of the second. Odessa cut it to one less than two minutes into the third on a goal from Rex Moe, but could get no closer. Alex Camarre took the loss making 18 saves through the 14:19 mark of the second when he was replaced by CJ Hapward who stopped all nine he faced the rest of the way.

Kenai River at Shreveport

After getting off to a 3-0 start to the season the Mudbugs have dropped their last two games. Kenai River held a two goal lead through the 14:34 mark of the second when Jack Johnson got Shreveport on the board. The Brown bears added a late empty netter for the final 3-1 margin. Richie Parent was saddled with the loss making 26 saves.


Current South Division Standings

Topeka Pilots 6 5 1 0 0 10
Amarillo Bulls 4 3 1 0 0 6
Shreveport Mudbugs 5 3 2 0 0 6
Odessa Jackalopes 6 2 3 0 1 5
Lone Star Brahmas 3 1 1 0 1 3
Corpus Christi IceRays 5 1 4 0 0 2

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