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Anemic Offense Dooms Brahmas Again

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Joey Baez scored the Lone Star Brahmas only goal in a 2-1 home loss to the Corpus Christi Icerays on Friday night.

 

The Corpus Christi Icerays brought their high flying offense into the NYTEX Sports Centre Friday night to take on the Lone Star Brahmas who claim one of the best offenses in the league. Lone Star’s defense did their part in the contest, but once again the offense was not able to mount a substantial attack scoring just one goal.

The Icerays dented the board first at the 17:58 mark of the first Jake Stella sent a shot wide left off the endboards where Blake Bennett backhanded a centering pass to Kyle Moore in the high slot. Moore delayed for a sliding defender to clear then sent it high glove side on Harrison Feeney for the one goal lead.

With time expired in the first, Brendan McCormack gave Matt Guerra a two handed cross check right in front of the referee drawing a two minute minor and giving the Brahmas their first power play of the night to start the second with a clean sheet of ice.

It took Lone Star only 40 seconds to cash in on the undisciplined penalty by McCormack. Jake Suede sent a cross ice pass from the far circle to Guerra in the near circle for a wrister that was redirected in front by Joey Baez.

Corpus Christi went on the man advantage early in the third on a very soft hooking call against Clayton Lackey. The Icerays took just seven seconds to find the back of the net.  The faceoff to Feeney’s right was won back to Nikita Krivokrasov who sent it to Brian Kramer at the near point. Kramer skated to the middle then moved it to Santeri Hartikainen at the near halfwall. Hartikainen ripped one just under the crossbar blocker side from the top of the near circle at 0:25.

Lone Star had an opportunity late with a puck in deep and a scramble in front, but Sam Best made a remarkable diving glove save to preserve the one goal lead.

While the Brahmas defense held an offense that was averaging more than six goals per game over their last five contests to just two goal, Lone Star’s meager offense was held to one goal once again. The lack of any real scoring threat puts the netminder and defense in a position of having zero margin for error and having to put up a near perfect performance in order to win a game. If the Brahmas do not figure out how to put the puck in the back of the net and do it quickly the chances of making the playoffs will continue to slip further from their grasp.

The Brahmas were outshot 31-25 on the night. Both teams scored a power play goal with the Brahmas going 1-4 and the Icerays 1-2.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Springfield at Topeka

The Pilots got a second period goal from Quinn Green and one in the third from Brendan Schultz, but it was far too little as the Jr Blues grabbed a 5-2 win. McLean Dorr allowed the five goals on 25 shots faced.

 

Shreveport at Odessa

Everett Wardle and Jared Christy staked the Jackalopes to a two goal lead going into the second period. Zach Heintz added to the lead before Shreveport scored their only goal of the contest. Jared Christy closed out the scoring with the loan third period goal. Kade Phipps picked up the win on 36 saves.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
Amarillo Bulls 27 20 3 2 2 44
Corpus Christi IceRays 28 16 11 1 0 33
Shreveport Mudbugs 31 14 11 1 4 33
Topeka Pilots 31 14 13 2 2 32
Lone Star Brahmas 31 12 14 2 3 29
Odessa Jackalopes 29 12 16 0 1 25

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