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Brahmas Take Game One Against Icerays

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Nick Siffringer's big individual effort in the third period led to the New Jersey native scoring the game winning goal against the Corpus Christi Icerays Friday night.


The Lone Star Brahmas and Corpus Christi Icerays faced off at the American Bank Center on Friday night with both looking to make a move in the NAHL South Division standings. The two teams enter the weekend at the bottom of the division needing to turn things around.

The opening twenty minutes of play clicked off the clock with neither team able to dent the scoreboard despite both having some good opportunities with the puck.

The Brahmas’ power play which has been responsible for nearly 42% of Lone Star’s points this season came through again at 5:24 of the second. Scott Persson started it off sending a pass from the near point to Austin Grzenia at the top of the far circle. His shot was kicked aside by Sam Best, but Frankie Trazzera jumped on the rebound low on the near side and flipped it into the back of the net.

Lackadaisical play with the puck deep in the defensive zone with just 1:56 left in the frame let the Icerays knot the score at 1-1 going into the second intermission. Jakub Sirota’s clearing attempt had little on it and was picked off by Brian Kramer near the blueline. He hit Aleksi Peltonen who skated it into the near circle before finding Santeri Hartikainen anchored in the slot for a redirect with the stick blade over the right shoulder of Harrison Feeney.

With about 7:30 gone in the third, Jack Sampson pushed the puck up ice powering past the defense and drove the net. Only a big pad save by Best kept the Brahmas from retaking the lead. A tremendous individual effort by Nick Siffringer put the Brahmas up with just under four minutes to play. A clearing attempt went off a stick and high into the air. Siffringer gathered it in at center ice and made a spin move to split two defenders. He took it toward the offensive zone pushing it between the skates of Anthony Flrriolo at the blueline then blew past Jake Stella before firing a backhander past the glove hand of Best for the goal. Blake Evennou and Tim Henriksson were credited with assists on the play. The Icerays pulled Best for the extra attacker with 90 seconds to go. Feeney was peppered with shots late, but was up to the task. Then as time was winding down Trazzera delivered an open ice hit to jar the puck loose from Tyler Love at the blueline in front of the Brahmas bench. Matt Guerra poked it forward to Sampson heading down ice and he put it in the empty net getting the goal he had been denied earlier in the period.

Lone Star had a slight edge in shots on goal 28-27 and won the special teams play as well going 1-2 with the man advantage while holding the Icerays scoreless in two opportunities.

With the win the Brahmas swap places with the Icerays in the standings moving into a tie for fourth place in the division with Odessa. Corpus Christi drops to last in the division just one point behind the Brahmas and Jackalopes.


Elsewhere Around The NAHL South Division

Amarillo at Shreveport

After a scoreless first, Matthew Smoliga and Andrew Jackson lit the lamp for the Mudbugs in the second. Jackson added another early in the third before the Bulls picked up their only goal of the evening. Maiszon Balboa made 35 saves in the win.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

Amarillo Bulls 9 7 2 0 0 14
Topeka Pilots 11 7 4 0 0 14
Shreveport Mudbugs 9 5 4 0 0 10
Lone Star Brahmas 9 3 5 0 1 7
Odessa Jackalopes 9 3 5 0 1 7
Corpus Christi IceRays 9 3 6 0 0 6

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