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Brahmas Manhandled By Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Vilho Saariluoma recorded three points on 1G-2A, but it was not enough as the Lone Star Brahmas fell to the Odessa Jackalopes 6-3 on Friday night.


The Lone Star Brahmas mad their first visit to the Ector County Coliseum to face the Odessa Jackalopes on Friday night.

Lone Star got on the board first at the 6:29 mark of the opening frame. Vilho Saariluoma carried the puck into the zone along the far side trading places with Andrew DeCarlo. Saariluoma skated into the high slot then slid it to Thomas Daskas in the near circle and he hit DeCarlo who had followed Saariluomo with a centering pass to redirect over Kade Phipps right shoulder.

The Brahmas lead would be short lived as a defensive breakdown left two Jackalopes alone deep. Josh Fricks found Vaclav Zidek just outside the paint in front of Seth Eisele. As Eisele moved to cover Zidek he pushed it over to Matt Hutton who had an open net to redirect the puck into. Time of the goal was 6:45. Odessa took the lead at 14:04 when Michael Sacco picked up a loose puck atop the near circle then skated it to the far circle before sliding it back to the point for a Kellen Tharaldson through traffic and past Eisele high glove  side.

Brahmas’ Head Coach Dan Wildfong was quick to the hook pulling Eisele in favor of Harrison Feeney following the Tharaldson goal.

Two quick penalties on Odessa allowed Lone Star to climb back into it. After a faceoff win, Blake Evennou and Jakub Sirota played catch up top. Evennou sent it to Saariluoma deep on the near side. As Evennou and Sirota crisscrossed in the high slot Saariluoma put a pass right in Evennou’s wheelhouse for a big onetimer into the twine with nine seconds left in the period.

Lone Star opened the second on a carry over power play from the first. Less than one minute in, Scott Persson controlled the puck near the blueline, spun around a defender and fed Frank Trazzera deep below the goal line for a quick centering pass to Saariluoma in front for a onetimer.

Moments after another Odessa penalty had expired a blocked shot led to a Jackalopes 3 on 2 rush. Patrick Dawson made a late cross ice pass to Zack Heintz for a big onetimer through Feeney at 10:23. Odessa picked up a power play goal with 54 seconds left in the second. Carl Skarstrom moved the puck from the near sidewall to Connor Smith behind the Brahmas’ cage. Smith hit Sacco in the far circle for a wrister past the glove hand of Feeney.

Alex Camarre who had replaced Phipps midway through the second because of injury got a scoring play started at 6:08 of the third. He moved the puck to Dawson who threw a breakout pass to Connor Smith streaking down the far side. Smith wound up and blasted one past Feeney for the 5-3 lead and brought Eisele back into the contest. At the 7:14 mark Sacco scored his second of the game into an empty net.

Odessa also held a significant edge in shots on goal at 45-34. The power play was one of the few bright spots for the Brahmas going 2-4 while the Jackalopes were 1-3.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Springfield at Topeka

Topeka got goals in each period from Valdemar Ahlberg, Austin McCarthy and Quinn Green to force overtime, but the Jr Blues got the game winner in the extra frame. Emil Gransoe took the loss on 30 shots faced.

Amarillo at Shreveport

Logan Jenuwine opened the scoring, but the Bulls went into the second down 2-1. Brendan Datema had the only goal of the second to knot the score then Cooper Fensterstock got the game winner in the third. Jason Grande made 27 saves in the win.


Current NAHL South Division Standings





Amarillo Bulls


15 3 2 2


Topeka Pilots


12 10 2 1


Lone Star Brahmas


11 9 2 2


Shreveport Mudbugs


11 10 0 3


Corpus Christi IceRays


10 11 1 0


Odessa Jackalopes


10 11 0 1


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