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Brahmas Upended By Bulls

Photo courtesy of REbekah Bing Photography: The Amarillo Bulls controlled play from initial puck drop and ran over the Lone Star Brahmas 6-0.


The Lone Star Brahmas went on the road to face the Amarillo Bulls on Saturday night looking for their first back-to-back wins of the season. However, a high caliber Amarillo offense and a revolving door on the Brahmas’ penalty box, including two five minute majors, turned it into a laugher for the Bulls.

Just 4:20 into the contest Kimball Johnson turned the puck over behind Harrison Feeney’s net allowing David Ojamae to send it to Logan Jenuwine just off the near post. Feeney had no chance on the point blank shot. The Bulls made it 2-0 on an odd man rush up ice. Brett Abdelnour carried it in front of the benches into the zone then fed it to Alex Peterson in the high slot for a backhand pass to Jason Brancheau for a backdoor onetimer. Time of the goal was 12:53.

A late first period high sticking major on Michal Stinil put the Brahmas’ defense in a hole to start the second. Lone Star’s defense turned up the wick and denied one of the hottest offenses in the league killing off the five minute power play.

An extended period of offensive pressure by Amarillo led to a 3-0 lead by the Bulls. Nick Trela got it started centering the puck from below the goal line to Brenden West for a big onetimer that Feeney managed to kick aside, but Jordan Venegoni slammed home the rebound at 10:42. Amarillo ended up with 1:24 of a 5 on 3 power play and Brenden Datema blasted a onetimer from the near faceoff dot into the twine with 20 seconds left on the two man advantage. Abdelnour and Peterson were credited with the assists. The goal chased Feeney from net in favor of Wes Mankowski. It didn’t take long for Mankowski to suffer the same fate as Feeney. Cooper Fensterstock sent the puck from low on the far side to Jake Willets in the near circle. Mankowski made the save on the slapshot, but Jenuwine jumped on the rebound from just outside the paint at 18:58.

Just four minutes into the third Hayden Taylor drew a high sticking major putting a dagger in any thoughts the Brahmas had about a long shot comeback. They killed off their second five minute power play, but it took a toll on the legs and the Bulls took advantage moments later. AT 9:55, West picked up a loose puck in neutral ice. He skated it into the zone putting the puck through the wickets of Josh Martin then beating Mankowski glove side.

Amarillo also held the advantage in shots on goal 38-21 and scored the only power play goal going 1-5 while the Brahmas had no man advantage opportunities.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Topeka at Springfield

After picking up a 5-4 win on Friday night the Pilots dropped a 3-0 decision to the Jr Blues on Saturday. Sam Metcalf faced 25 shots on goal in the loss.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

Topeka Pilots 11 7 4 0 0 14
Amarillo Bulls 7 6 1 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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