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Brahmas Offense Continues Upswing Against Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Matt Guerra had a goal and an assist to lead the Lone Star Brahmas past the visiting Odessa Jackalopes 3 -1 Friday night.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes opened a two game weekend series at NYTEX Sports Centre on Friday night with both teams looking to climb out of the NAHL South Division basement. As the puck dropped Lone Star was setting 6th in the division with Odessa 5th with seven points each. Odessa held the slight advantage having played one fewer game on the season.

Odessa had an opportunity early in the contest coming into the zone on a two on one break. Jared Christy moved the puck to Rex Moe on the backdoor for a one timer, but Harrison Feeney made a big move post to post to make the pad save and freeze play.

Michal Stinil pushed Lone Star out to a one goal lead at 13:41 of the first after Jack Sampson dispossessed a defender of the puck along the near halfwall and sent it to Stinil in the high slot for a slapper past the blocker hand. They extended the lead off a faceoff to CJ Hapward’s left after a hooking call on a Matt Guerra drive to the net. Guerra pulled the puck back to Stinil who sent it to Scott Persson at the near point and he immediately fed it to Blake Evennou at center ice for a big onetimer that ate Hapward up. Time of the power play goal was 14:24.

Lone Star scored their second power play goal of the night at 4:01 of the middle stanza. Vilho Saariluoma set Stinil up for a quick wrister from the near circle. Hapward flashed out the left pad to make the initial save, but Guerra was all alone in the slot to put the rebound into the open net.

With three seconds left on a Guerra minor penalty the Jackalopes scored at the 14:12 mark of the third to thwart Feeney’s shutout bid. Odessa had set up and were moving the puck well around the perimeter Sebastian Frantz fired one from the near hashmark past the stick hand of Feeney. Assists on the play were credited to Carl Skarstrom and James Crossman.

Lone Star outshout Odessa 27-21 in the contest and converted 2-4 power plays while holding the Jackalopes to 1-4.

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Div

Fairbanks at Corpus Christi

Santeri Hartikainen had the Icerays lone goal in a 4-1 loss to the visiting Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Same Best allowed the four goals on 41 shots faced.

Kenai River at Topeka

Topeka’s Kaiden Scott netted the only goal of the opening 20 minutes with Dallas Tulik adding a second period tally before the visitors could get on the board. Tulik scored his second of the night in the third for the game winner. Emil Gransoe made 25 saves on the night to log the win.

Shreveport at Amarillo

Nick Trela opened the scoring for the Bulls in the first. Shreveport would tie it up moments later to send the game to the first intermission at 1-1. From the start of the second it was all Amarillo with Logan Jenuwine and Brendan Datema scoring in the second. Trela added his second of the night midway through the third then Trey Bagwell got in on the action just 15 seconds later. Jason Grande picked up the win facing just 12 shots on goal.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
Amarillo Bulls 11 8 2 0 1 17
Topeka Pilots 12 8 4 0 0 16
Shreveport Mudbugs 11 6 5 0 0 12
Lone Star Brahmas 11 4 6 0 1 9
Corpus Christi IceRays 11 4 7 0 0 8
Odessa Jackalopes 10 3 6 0 1 7

 

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