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Bad Bounces Doom Brahmas Against Jackalopes


The Lone Star Brahmas opened the home half of the season schedule on Friday night against the visiting Odessa Jackalopes at NYTEX Sports Centre. Lone Star entered the contest in unfamiliar waters for the organization setting dead last in the NAHL South Division.

The first 20 minutes was a feeling out period with neither team really having much of a threat offensively. Lone Star did outshoot Odessa 10-6 in the frame.

Play began to open up in the second with both teams having breakaway opportunities early. Lone Star went on two power plays, but were unable to find the back of the net. Then the Jackalopes got their first man advantage and quickly cased in. Connor Fedorek sent the puck along the blueline to Kellen Tharaldson for a blast from the point that went off the body of Josh Martin in front right onto the tape of Kyle Herbster just off the far post for the goal at 16:43.

It took only 1:15 for Nick Siffringer to come up with the answer. Harrison Feeney made a save through traffic with Siffringer picking up the rebound near the top of the near circle. The Franklin Lakes, NJ native went steaking up the ice in front of the Brahmas bench, around Carson Pearce then ripped a shot that ate up CJ Hapward going off the blocker and in.

With 5:17 left to play in the third, the Jackalopes came up ice on a 3 on 2 rush. Feeney made the initial save but the puck went off of the skate of Jakub Sirota and past Feeney’s right pad. Rex Moe was credited with the goal while the assists went to Kyle Herbster and James Crossman. Vaclac Zidek would score an unassisted empty net goal with 1:05 left to seal the win.

The Brahmas won the shots on goal battle 30-21 while the Jackalopes had the only power play goal going 1-3 with the Brahmas 0-4.




Elsewhere Around The NAHL South

Shreveport at Corpus Christi

The Mudbugs led 2-1 after 20 minutes of play thanks to goals from CJ McGee and Josh Barraclough who also had the only goal of the second. Conor Witherspoon scored early in the third to push the lead to three. From there the Icerays would score three of the next four with Dakota Concannon having the only goal for Shreveport. Ethan Harrison and Justin Cmunt would add goals down the stretch for the 7-4 win. Leo Chuard logged the win in net making 31 saves.


Topeka at Amarillo

Amarillo’s Louis Helsen and Logan Jenuwine scored between goals by the Pilots in the first to go to intermission tied 2-2. The Bulls jumped out to a three goal lead in the third on tallies from Nick Anderson, Jason Brancheau and Brenden Detema then held on for the win. The Pilots would pull within one but could get not closer. Jason Grande faced 18 shots in a winning effort.


Current South Division Standings

Topeka Pilots 8 6 2 0 0 12
Amarillo Bulls 6 5 1 0 0 10
Shreveport Mudbugs 7 4 3 0 0 8
Odessa Jackalopes 8 3 4 0 1 7
Corpus Christi IceRays 7 2 5 0 0 4
Lone Star Brahmas 6 1 4 0 1 3


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