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Brahmas See Point Streak End In 3-2 Loss

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Sam Brennan and the Lone Star Brahmas dug too deep a hole to climb out of on Saturday falling behind the Icerays 3-0 before staging a failed comeback and eventually dropping a 3-2 decision.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Corpus Christi Icerays wrapped up their two game series on Saturday with the Brahmas looking to pick up the sweep and extend their point streak to nine straight games.

Lone Star came out flat and the Icerays controlled much of the opening 20 minutes of play. Michael Redmon was whistled for his second minor penalty of the period at 6:48 of the first to put the Brahmas a man down. Corpus Christi would take advantage scoring just 37 seconds later. The play started with Nikita Krivokrasov sending the puck from below the goal line to Brian Kramer at the blueline. Kramer fed it to Santeri Hartikainen in the near circle for a one timer through traffic and an early Icerays lead.

The Icerays made it 2-0 with their second power play goal of the contest at 7:38 of the second. Lone Star was hit with a too many men minor at 7:32. As the teams lined up for the faceoff to Harrison Feeney’s left the puck bounced its way back to the near point where Anthony Firriolo sent a wrister through a mass of humanity in front. Feeney made the initial save, but left the rebound laying in the paint for Jake Stella to poke into the back of the net.

AT 1:26 of the third it went to 3-0 on Stella’s second goal of the contest. Stella took a pass from Nicholas Seitz in the far circle and walked it into the slot. Feeney pushed over to cut off the far post and extended himself well out of the crease leaving a gaping net for Stella to slip the puck into.

The Brahmas finally dented the scoreboard at 5:32 after Tim Henriksson sent a cross ice pass to Scott Persson who ripped it on net. Andrew DeCarlo who had dropped anchor in front redirected it past Florian Mnich to spoil the shutout bid. The goal by DeCarlo awaked the sleeping Brahmas and exactly two minutes later they would cut the lead to one. Matt Guerra sent the puck up to Noah Roofe as he carried the puck across the blueline into the attacking zone. Roofe drew the defense then dropped it for Persson. The Brahmas’ defenseman toe dragged around Hartikainen then fired it high blocker side on Mnich. While the Brahmas kept up the pressure the rest of the way they were unable to get the equalizer and fell 3-2.

Shots on goal were 38-35 in favor of Lone Star, but the special teams play let them down on this night. The Brahmas failed to score on their three opportunities and allowed the Icerays to convert two of their five power play chances.

The loss snapped the Brahmas eight game point streak and dropped them back into a tie for second in the division with the Topeka Pilots although the Brahmas do have a game in hand over Topeka.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Shreveport at Topeka

Matthew Francois traded goals with the Mudbugs in the first then Kyle Yeo added the only goal of the second as Topeka took a 2-0 lead. Shreveport tied it up early in the final frame, but Connor Zillisch and Brenden Rons added goals late for the Pilots to take the win at home. The Rons goal was a shorthanded empty netter. Shreveport would score with eight seconds left on the power play, but could get no closer. Emil Gransoe picked up the win on 33 saves.

Amarillo at Odessa

Nick Trella opened the scoring for Amarillo just over six minutes into the contest. Odessa would tie it up late in the frame then take the lead early in the second. Brett Abdelnour would knot the score near the midpoint of the second. Logan Jenuwine picked up the game winner with just 22 ticks left on the clock. Justin Evenson logged the win on 27 saves.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Amarillo Bulls

21

14 3 2 2

32

Lone Star Brahmas

23

11 8 2 2

26

Topeka Pilots

24

12 10 1 1

26

Shreveport Mudbugs

23

11 9 0 3

25

Corpus Christi IceRays

22

10 11 1 0

21

Odessa Jackalopes

21

9 11 0 1

19

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