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Brahmas Leave Minnesota With Single Point After Loss To Wilderness

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Head Coach Dan Wildfong will have some work to do prepping the Lone Star Brahmas for their home opener against the Odessa Jackalopes next weekend. The Brahmas managed only one point in their four games at the NAHL Showcase with a shootout loss. The offense was able to score only a single goal in each of the four games.


The Lone Star Brahmas went into their game against the Minnesota Wilderness on Saturday afternoon needing a win to salvage what they could from their NAHL Showcase Tournament. Any win would have to come against an experienced Wilderness squad. Minnesota’s roster includes eight players with 328 games of NAHL experience accounting for 146 points on 66G-80A.

Despite early offensive pressure by Lone Star it was Minnesota that opened the scoring at the 5:45 mark of the first. Jach Suchy fired a shot on goal from the hight slot that Harrison Feeney kicked away with the pad, but the puck jumped right to Peter Grytdahl at the bottom of the far circle and he pushed it past the blocker hand before Feeney could recover. At 10:26, the Wilderness would score a nearly   identical goal. Nick Portz fed the puck to Aaron Myers in the high slot and his shot went off a body in front to Nate Horn just outside the crease to Feeney’s right. He lifted one over the screened Brahmas’ netminder.

With 12 seconds left in the second and the Brahmas just coming off a penalty kill, Nick Siffringer laid out to block a shot then corralled the puck and slid it to Hayden Taylor in the neutral zone. Taylor went flying up ice alone on Kaleb Johnson. Taylor’’s shot went top shelf to pull Lone Star within one.

Early in the third the Brahmas went on a 53 second 5 on 3 power play. After the faceoff, Ben Pirko lost an edge near the blueline that turned into a 2 on 1 rush the other way. Feeney stood tall wearing the puck off his left shoulder to thwart the shorthanded opportunity. Just after returning to full strength the Wilderness went on another odd man rush, this time 3 on 1. Once again Feeney was there for the big pad save to keep the score close.

The Brahmas had opportunities late with a 4 on 3 power play and then a 6 on 4 for the last 1:30 with Feeney pulled for the extra attacker, but could not get the equalizer. The loss dropped Lone Star to 0 – 3 – 0 – 1 for the four day tournament sending them home to Texas with a single point to show for their efforts.

Shots on goal were 28 – 28. The Brahmas were 0-7 with the man advantage while the Wilderness went 0-5. The Brahmas will return to action next weekend against the Odessa Jackalopes in their home opener.



Elsewhere Around The NAHL South

Minnesota Magicians at Odessa

The teams skated for nearly 40 minutes before the Magicians scored the first goal of the game. They would add another in the third while Odessa was unable to dent the scoreboard to take a 2-0 loss. CJ Hapward suffered his first loss of the season despite making 35 saves on the day.

Jamestown at Shreveport

The Rebels came away with a 3-0 win scoring all three of their goals in the third period. Once again the Mudbugs had difficulty staying out of the penalty box being whistled for 10 minor penalties in the contest. Leo Chuard faced 27 shots on goal in net for Shreveport.

Corpus Christi at Aberdeen

The Icerays rebounded from their shutout loss on day three to take a 3-2 over the Wings. Noah Roofe had a first period goal that came just 32 seconds after Aberdeen had taken an early lead to pull the Icerays even. Mason Kohn and Santeri Hartikainen put up points in the second for a two goal lead and then held on from there allowing the Wings to pull within one in the third. Samuel Best picked up the win on 25 saves.

New Jersey at Amarillo

The Bulls trailed by a goal going into the second where Jake Willets scored his third of the season to pull them even. With the score tied at 1-1 through six plus minutes of the final frame Aaron Swanson gave Amarillo their first lead of the game on the power play. After New Jersey had pulled even Brenden Datema scored the second power play goal of the stanza for Amarillo and the 3-2 final. Ryan Winter was in net for the win making 24 saves.

Chippewa at Topeka

The Pilots ran off another lop sided win. David Sudbrink, Brenden Rons and Quinn Green staked Topeka to a three goal lead going into the second. Max Finner added a second period goal followed by a Dallas Tulik score just 16 seconds into the third. Emil Gransoe lost his shutout bid with less than five minutes left to play.


Current South Division Standings

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

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