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Brahmas Down Bulls 2-1 In OT

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Seth Eisele picked up an overtime win over the South Division leading Amarillo Bulls in his first NAHL start. Eisele made several key saves in the win.

The Lone Star Brahmas entered their series against the Amarillo Bulls at NYTEX Sports Centre Friday night with something to prove. In their last meeting the Bulls ran all over the Brahmas for a 6-0 win and came into the series holding down the top spot in the NAHL South. While still early in the season, Lone Star needed to make a statement when they took the ice. Win or lose they had to make a good showing with 60 minutes of strong play.

The Brahmas had a golden opportunity at the 6:44 mark when Brendon Jones split the defense on a rush up ice unimpeded, but Jason Grande closed down the five hole for the pad save.

With 6:47 left a nearly identical play went the other way with Nick Trela all alone flying up the ice. Seth Eisele, getting his first start of the season, stood his ground and made a big blocker save. He repeated his heroics just 20 seconds later as Jason Brancheau was sent in on a lone man rush, but Eisele stoned him with the glove.

Just 2:13 into the second, Jones had another chance driving to the goal and forcing the puck through Grande. Video replays show the puck well past the goal line with the goal light flashing before being played out by the Defenseman. However, linesman Dan Fendius who was trailing the play up the far wing waived it off and referee Sam Heidemann let the call stand. With 45 ticks left on the clock in the second and the Brahmas on a penalty kill, Michal Stinil had a shorthanded opportunity after a turn over at the Lone Star blueline. Stinil settled the bouncing puck and went streaking up ice to the far circle. His wrister had Grande beat, but rang it off the far post.

Lone Star scored again 3:20 into the third and this time the stipes could not take it away from them. Tim Henriksson fired it from the far point off of the pads of Grande. Scott Persson put it back on goal and Grande made a sprawling save, but he could not catch up to the diving poke by Frankie Trazzera.

The Bulls would pull back even at the 7:52 mark on a nifty passing play. On the play Ryan Lautenbach picked up a loose puck and hit Cooper Fensterstock heading up the far boards with Trey Bagwell trailing on the left wing. Fensterstock carried it into the far circle before saucering it across to Bagwell who beat Eisele glove side.

With no further scoring in the third the game would go to sudden death overtime. After Eisele made several big save Trazzera knocked the puck loose in the defensive zone and Sam Brennan picked it up going the other way up the far wall with Trazzera limping to the bench for a change. Stinil came steaming off the bench up and Brennan found him with a beautiful cross ice pass in the near circle Stinil buried the one timer with 19.2 seconds left.

Amarillo outshot Lone Star 22-16 and both teams were 0-1 on the power play.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Kenai River at Corpus Christi

Kyle Moore scored just 45 seconds into the game to set the tone for the Icerays. Kenai River would tie it up before the end of the period. After a scoreless second, Blake Bennett and Jake Stella would score in the third to put the game out of reach. Akira Schmid picked up the win on 18 saves.

Fairbanks at Topeka

The Ice Dogs held a 5-0 lead entering the third, but Dallas Tulik scored for the Pilot at the 10:18 mark to avert the shutout. Emil Gransoe took the loss allowing all five goals. Sam Metcalf played the final 20 minutes stopping all 10 shots he faced.

Shreveport at Odessa

Carl Skarstrom had the only goal of the first as Odessa went to the first intermission with a 1-0 lead. Shreveport scored early in the second, but Zach Heintz had the answer just 54 seconds later and the score remained 2-1 the rest of the way. Kade Phipps was in net for the win making 27 saves.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

Amarillo Bulls 13 8 3 1 1 18
Topeka Pilots 14 8 6 0 0 16
Shreveport Mudbugs 13 7 6 0 0 14
Lone Star Brahmas 13 6 6 0 1 13
Corpus Christi IceRays 13 5 7 1 0 11
Odessa Jackalopes 12 4 7 0 1 9

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