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Lone Star Brahmas Open Preseason Play With Shutout

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Harrison Feeney got the start in net for the Lone Star Brahmas on their way to a 2-0 shutout of the Odessa Jackalopes to start preseason play for both squads.

The Lone Star Brahmas opened preseason action Wednesday with the Odessa Jackalopes at NYTEX Sports Centre. Things got off to a quick start for Lone Star as they went on the power play just 3:05 into the opening frame.

With the man advantage returner Josh Martin settled a bouncing puck at the far point before moving down the boards to Austin Grzenia at the halfwall for a quick cross ice pass to the near circle. Ben Pirko rifled a shot off Alex Camarre with the rebound left in the crease for Hayden Taylor to pounce on and punch inside the far post at 4:42.

Harrison Feeney did not see much action through the first eighteen or so minutes of the opening period, but a defensive zone turnover late left Swedish defenseman Carl Skarstrom all alone in the high slot. Skarstrom stepped into one, but Feeney swallowed up the shot to deny the scoring chance. Feeney looking to take the number over the number one goalie position this season faced one more close in scoring opportunity in the closing seconds of the period flashing out the right pad to thwart the Jackalopes offense again.

The second started opened with extended special teams play covering the first eight minutes of play. At one point the Brahmas were skating down two men with the Jackalopes looking to pull even. Odessa veteran Zach Heintz tried to carry the puck in on the attack, but Martin destroyed him just inside the zone with a huge check into the boards.

Lone Star went up two with 6:39 to go in the stanza after a home run pass from Davis Browning in his own end of the ice to Grzenia at the Odessa blueline. The Macomb, MI native dropped it for Jack Sampson who skated it to the far dot before drilling a shot off of Camarre. Grzenia had followed the play to the net and pounded the rebound over the left pad for his second point of the contest.

Billy Girard replaced Feeney midway through the period and closed out the frame with a couple of good saves.

The final 20 minutes clicked off without further scoring, but not without some fireworks. At the 17:02 mark Odessa’s Ricky Boysen¬†drew a penalty shot. He picked up the puck and skated down the left wing, but Girard had the answer with the blocker to keep the shutout intact.

With just 10 clicks left on the clock the gloves came off deep in the Brahmas’ zone. Brett Crook who racked up 76 penalty minutes in 55 NOJHL games last season snuck in a couple of rights to the Jackalopes player as the linesmen were trying to pull them apart. Crook picked up 17 penalty minutes for his efforts.

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