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Brahmas Take Opening Game Against Icerays

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Brahmas' defenseman Blake Evennou scored a power play goal in the first then assisted on Michal Stinil's first of two goals as the Lone Star Brahmas downed the Corpus Christi Icerays 3-2.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Corpus Christi Icerays met at NYTEX Sports Centre for a Black Friday Special. With the Brahmas not scheduled to be back at the Shoebox following the weekend series until late December it was also Teddy Bear Toss night.

Lone Star went on the power play 6:45 into the opening frame thanks to a Cam Cervone roughing call along the endboard in the Icerays’ defensive zone. Matt Guerra and Santeri Hartikainen lined up for the draw to Sam Best’s left. When the puck dropped, Guerra won it cleanly back to Tim Henriksson at the near point and he immediately slid it across to Blake Evennou who had the cannon cocked Evennou’s onetimer beat Best high blocker side just four seconds into the man advantage bringing the teddy bears raining onto the ice. The Brahmas went on their second power play of the night at 11:13 due to a Jake Stella high sticking. This time it took nearly three times as long for the them to find pay dirt. This time it was Evennou who started it sending the puck from the far point to Guerra at the left wing halfwall. Guerra delayed then saucered it across ice for a Michal Stinil onetimer from the near circle that popped the water bottle off the cage. Time of the goal was 11:24.

Stinil made it a three goal game with his second of the night at 4:18 of the middle frame. Henriksson sent one high off the glass from the Brahmas zone to Frank Trazzera streaking down the far side. The Brahmas’ Alternate Captain lifted a pass over a diving defenseman to Stinil trailing on the left wing. Stinil played the puck off his chest down onto the ice then flipped it past the right skate with the stick blade.

With just over 11:00 left in the second and Corpus Christi on the power play, the Icerays looked to run the same play that led to Stinil’s first goal. However, Harrison Feeney was having none of it going post to post to rob Nicholas Seitz from the bottom of the near circle.

Kyle Moore finally got the Icerays on the board at the 7:32 mark of the third. Blake Bennett sent the puck to Seitz just off the near post for a backhander that Feeney kicked aside, but Moore was stationed just outside the paint on the backdoor to tap in the rebound. Former Brahmas Jack Sampson pulled the Icerays within one on a redirect of a Coltan Wilkie shot at the 14:36 mark with Hartikainen picking up the secondary assist.

The Icerays outshot the Brahmas 37-24 on the night, but Lone Star won the special teams play going 2-4 with the man advantage while denying all 7 Icerays opportunities. With the Brahmas win combined with the Pilots loss to Shreveport, Lone Star moves into sole possession of second place in the NAHL South Division.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at Topeka

Jay Feiwell had the only goal of the first as the Mudbugs took a one goal lead into the second. Ethan Harrison and Lukass Sicevs added second period tallies to extend the lead. Topeka finally got on the board in the third to spoil the shutout bid of Leo Chuard who stopped 32 for the win.

Amarillo at Odessa

Amarillo scored first, but Zach Heintz and Connor Fedorek put Odessa up with goals in the second half of the opening period. Michael Sacco scored in the second sandwiched between two from the Bulls. Jared Christy scored early in the third, but Amarillo scored a late empty netter for force overtime. Odessa got the game winner off the stick of Sebastian Frantz. Alex Camarre faced 42 shots on goal for the win.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Amarillo Bulls

20

13 3 2 2

30

Lone Star Brahmas

22

11 7 2 2

26

Shreveport Mudbugs

22

11 8 0 3

25

Topeka Pilots

23

11 10 1 1

24

Odessa Jackalopes

20

9 10 0 1

19

Corpus Christi IceRays

21

9 11 1 0

19

 

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