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Brahmas Lose Another One Goal Game

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Harrison Feeney kept Lone Star in a game in which they were outshot 28 - 14, but lost in a shootout 2-1.


Day two of the NAHL Showcase Tournament saw the Lone Star Brahmas play host to the Austin Bruins of the Central Division. Austin boasts 12 returning veterans from last season, who accounted for 429 games played and 153 points on 42G-101A. The Bruins came into the contest off a 4-3 win over Odessa on Wednesday while the Brahmas suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Janesville Jets.

The opening period rolled off the clock with no scoring sending the teams into the first intermission deadlocked at zero. The best scoring opportunity came midway through the frame when Andrew Willis found the puck on his tape just outside of the crease with only clear ice between him and Brahmas’ netminder Harrison Feeney. Feeney tracked post to post as Willis moved across the paint and made a big save in close.

Lone Star broke the deadlock at 10:33 of the second on the power play. Tim Henriksson got the play started sending from the top of the near circle to Frank Trazzera below the goal line. Trazzera immediately pushed it to Ben Pirko just off the far post for the back door onetimer at the 10:33 mark.

Austin came right back skating on a five on three power play. The teams lined up to Feeney’s right for a faceoff that was won by Joseph Winkleman. Willis fired it toward net and Hugh Larkin who was anchored in front redirected it over Feney’s left shoulder. Time of the goal was 13:59.

Neither team could find the twine in the third sending the game to overtime and an eventual shootout.

Dante Zapata was up first for Austin. He took it wide right then cut back across the goal mouth and lifted one over the right pad for the only goal of the shootout.

Austin double up Lone Star in shots on goal 28-14. Both teams were 1-4 on the power play with Austin’s coming on a two man advantage.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Odessa at New Jersey

Odessa came back from a three goal deficit with four in the third period to take a 4-3 win over the Titans. Rex Moe scored unassisted to get the comeback started. His goal was followed up by a power play tally from James Crossman and a Jared Christy penalty shot to knot the score at three. Vaclav Zidec hit the game winner with 2:21 to go. CJ Hapward picked up the win on 23 saves.

Topeka at Minnesota Magicians

Topeka scored one goal in each period to down the Magicians 3-0 on Thursday. Austin McCarthy got the Pilots on the board with a first period power play goal. Quinn Green followed with a goal in the second and Zeke Zeier added one in the third. Emil Gransoe stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout win.

Amarillo at Chippewa

 Amarillo rode a big first period to a 4-1 win over Chippewa. Brendan Datema opened the scoring for the Bulls just over three minutes into the contest. Alex Peterson pushed the lead to two less than one minute later and Jason Brancheau made it 3-0 just past the halfway point of the period. Chippewa had the only goal of the second and Datema closed it out with a goal late in the third. Ryan Winter faced 24 shots in the win.

Johnstown at Corpus Christi

The Icerays offense put their foot on the gas in the second and did not let up. Santeri Hartikainen had the only goal of the first before the second period outburst. Jordan Randall scored early in the second before the Tomahawks found the net twice to pull even. Christian Gorscak, Hartikainen, Blake Bennett, Anthony Flrriolo and Randall again followed. Johnstown scored late to try and make it interesting. Randall completed the hat trick in the third to close out the scoring. Samuel Best benefited from the offense and made 32 saves to record the win.   

Shreveport at Janesville

 The Mudbugs dropped their first contest of the season in a 3-1 loss to Janesville. Gueorgui Feduolov’s first period goal put Shreveport up one, but they could not score again and the Jets scored three unanswered for the win. Maiszon Balboa suffered the loss on only 19 shots faced.


Current South Division Standings

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

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