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Brahmas Drop OT Game To Icerays

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas could not hold on to a late lead and eventually fell to the Corpus Christi Icerays in OT. Despite the loss the Brahmas pushed their point streak to five games

The Lone Star Brahmas and Corpus Christi Icerays opened a two game set Friday at the American Bank Center. The first period was rolling along with little in the way of offensive pressure from either team until closing two minutes of play.

With 1:53 left, Michael Stinil was carrying the puck up ice when he was hauled down by Joe Alexander in the neutral zone. Stinil never lost control of the puck and bounced back up on his feet and skated it into the zone as Matt Guerra stretched to stay on side. Stinil reached the halfwall then made a hard turn to the high slot and ripped it past Sam Best for the one goal lead.

It took only eight seconds for the Icerays to answer back. The puck was sent deep into the Brahmas’ zone where Harrison Feeney played it into the corner from behind his net. Aleksi Peltonen impeded Feeney’s return to the front as Ryan Willett centered it from the corner to Jordan Randall for a redirect into the open net. Anthony Firriolo picked up the secondary assist on the play.

Lone Star jumped back up one early in the second on the power play thanks to a tripping call on Alexander. Stinil got it started with a cross ice pass to Scott Persson at the top of the far circle. Persson’s shot went off Best and Vilho Saariluoma pounced on the rebound on the backdoor at 4:28.

At the 5:54 mark of the third Nicholas Seitz put a backhander on net from point blank range, but Feeney flashed out the glove to make the save and preserve the one goal lead.

Corpus Christi pulled even at 13:37 of the third on Randall’s second goal of the contest. Willett put the puck out front from below the goal line and Randall put it through traffic and past a screened Feeney. Peltonen was credited with the secondary assist on the play. The final 6:23 clicked off the clock with no further scoring sending the game to overtime.

The game winner came just 1:05 into the extra frame. Firriolo sent the puck to Blake Bennett low in the far corner. Bennett walked it in on Feeney and snuck it past Feeney far side.

Shots on goal were 31-19 in favor of Corpus Christi. Lone Star has the only power play goal of the contest going 1-3 while the Icerays were 0-4. Despite the overtime loss, the Brahmas pushed their point streak to five straight games.



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Kyle Yeo got the Pilots started at 11:51 of the first, but Springfield knotted it up with 1:01 left in the frame. Topeka took the lead for good with just over five minutes left in the second on a goal from Hugh Quinn on the power play. Emil Gransoe faced 29 shots in the winning effort.

Odessa at Shreveport

After a scoreless first, Jay Feiwell and Ethan Harrison scored for the Mudbugs before Odessa cut the lead in half. The Jackalopes took the lead with two goals in the third. CJ McGee and Feiwell scored within a span of 27 seconds to retake the lead. Leo Chuard logged the win on 40 saves.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

Amarillo Bulls 19 13 3 1 2 29
Topeka Pilots 21 11 8 1 1 24
Lone Star Brahmas 19 9 7 2 1 21
Shreveport Mudbugs 19 9 8 0 2 20
Corpus Christi IceRays 18 8 9 1 0 17
Odessa Jackalopes 17 7 9 0 1 15

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