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Brahmas Rebound For Split Against Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Matt Guerra's second period goal would be all the offense the Lone Star Brahmas needed as Harrison Feeney and the Brahmas defense shutout the Odessa Jackalopes 3-0 on Saturday at the NYTEX Sports Centre.


While it is too early in the season to start to panic, the Lone Star Brahmas entered Saturday night against the Odessa Jackalopes needing to turn things around before they dig too deep a hole to climb out of. Defense has always been a source of pride for the Brahmas and this year has been no exception. It is the offense that has not found their stride as of yet managing just a single goal in five straight games following their four goal performance in game one of the season.

Period one followed the same script as the night before with neither team able to score. Jake Suede may have had the best opportunity of the frame when he picked off a clearing pass and drove to the top of the near circle before firing one on net that was gobbled up by CJ Hapward.

Odessa opened the second period on the power play and a turn over deep in the defensive zone left Jared Christy alone along the goal line with the puck on this blade. Christy pulled it toward the net and put a point blank shot on goal. Harrison Feeney kicked it aside with the rebound jumping to the end wall and a pile up in the crease. Moments later, Jacob Kalandyk absolutely destroyed Eric Huss with a big check along the far wall to keep the puck in the zone for an extended period of offensive pressure by Lone Star.

With the teams skating 4 on 4 at the 6:31 mark, Davis Browning pulled the puck off the far wall and pushed it to Vilho Saariluoma at the halfwall. His pass jumped over the stick of Matt Guerra who picked it up just beyond the blueline. Guerra delayed to allow teammates to clear then curled to the near dot and floated a backhander over the stick of Hapward to give Lone Star the lead. The Brahmas pushed the lead to two goals when Blake Evennou sent a cross ice pass to Sam Brennan at the near point. Brennan rifled one toward net about waist high and Michal Stinil sticked it down past the right pad at 11:17. It would soon be 3-0 Lone Star after Brennan and Nick Siffringer jarred a puck loose from Rex Moe just inside the Odessa blueline. Austin Grzenia gloved it down took a couple strides toward the net then picked the top right corner of the net. Time of the goal was 16:23.

The physical play picked up in the third with both teams handing out some punishment. It spilled over with just under seven minutes to play with the Jackalopes on the power play, Jakub Sirota controlled the puck in the near corner and fired it the length of the ice. Moe lined Sirota up and leveled him into the boards earning a boarding major and game misconduct. While the Brahmas were unable to score on the five minute power play, it put a lid on any comeback ideas that the Jackalopes may have had.

Lone Star outshot Odessa 20-19 in the game and both teams went scoreless on the power play with the Jackopes 0-5 and the Brahmas 0-3. Harrison Feeney notched his first shutout of the season and third of his NAHL career with the win. Matt Guerra and Michal Stinil each scored their third of the season while Austin Grzenia picked up his first.

The Brahmas will look to carry some momentum from this win into the October 6 trip to Amarillo where they opened the season with a 4-2 win over the Bulls. It was the only setback that Amarillo has suffered this season as they have reeled off six straight wins since then.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Shreveport at Corpus Christi

The Icerays shutout the visiting Mudbugs by a score of 4-0. Mason Kohn had the only goal of the first followed by Brian Kramer and Blake Bennett in the second. Noah Roofe would close out the scoring in the third. Sam Best picked up the win on 24 saves.

Topeka at Amarillo

Brett Abdelnour scored twice in the first along with a tally from David Ojamae to take a 3-1 lead into the locker room. Brendan West found the back of the net in the second then Brendan Datema lit the lamp early in the third. Ryan Winter allowed two goals on 26 shots faced for the win.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

Amarillo Bulls 7 6 1 0 0 12
Topeka Pilots 9 6 3 0 0 12
Shreveport Mudbugs 8 4 4 0 0 8
Odessa Jackalopes 9 3 5 0 1 7
Corpus Christi IceRays 8 3 5 0 0 6
Lone Star Brahmas 7 2 4 0 1 5



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