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Brahmas Pull One Point From Icerays Series

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Lone Star Brahmas defenseman Tim Henriksson had 1G-1A to help the Brahmas to one point in a shootout loss to the Icerays Saturday.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Corpus Christi Icerays closed out the Brahmas 2018 home schedule and their two game series Saturday night with the Brahmas looking to turn things around.

For the second night in a row it was the Icerays who jumped out to a first period lead. With 10:36 gone in the opening frame Brian Kramer sent the puck up top to Santeri Hartikainen for a blast from the top of the near circle. Harrison Feeney made the initial save, but Nichloas Seitz who was cruising through the slot picked up the rebound and flipped it inside the far post.

With 5:25 left in the second. Nick Godfrey hit Eric Huss along the halfwall in the Brahmas’ defensive zone drawing the ire of Joey Trazzera who immediately dropped the gloves and started firing rights at Godfrey. Godfrey and Trazzera were both handed fighting majors and misconducts with Godfrey earning the extra elbowing minor. Fifteen seconds later the Brahmas went on their first power play of the night due to a Coltan Wilke slashing minor. Just when it appeared that Corpus Christi was going to kill off the penalty, Tim Henriksson sent the puck diagonally across ice to Andrew DeCarlo low on the right wing. DeCarlo fed it back up to Kimball Johnson at the far point for a blast through a Frank Trazzera screen and past the right skate of Sam Best with just one second left on the man advantage.

With only 20 seconds gone in the third Frank Trazzera and Wilke came together behind the Corpus Christi net. Wilke slashed the stick of Trazzera in two with the blade flying a good 15 feet into the air yet somehow it was Trazzera sent to the box for slashing. It took the Icerays just 16 seconds to convert on the opportunity with Jake Stella putting it in off a scramble in front of Feeney. Kyle Moore picked up an assist on the play.

Entering the final five minutes of regulation, Henriksson made a big play to hold the zone and keep play alive for Lone Star pushing the puck into the far corner. Frank Trazzera dug it out of a puck battle and sent it off the boards to Henriksson at the point. The big defenseman stickhandled around Wilke as he skated to center then ripped it high blocker side at 15:01 to pull the Brahmas even. The score remained 2-2 through the rest of regulation sending the game to overtime and an eventual shootout.

After a Feeney save on the Icerays shooter to open the shootout, Scott Persson came onto the ice for the Brahmas. The defenseman picked it up at center ice went left then back right on his way to the net. As he approached the crease he went forehand, backhand getting Best moving then went back to the forehand to score into the open net.

Blake Bennett was up next for Corpus Christi and he went wide right before dekeing Feeney and putting a backhander glove side.

Matt Guerra had Best beat with a late move, but somehow the Icerays netminder managed to get his glove on the puck and keep his hand from crossing the goal line as he fell backwards into the net.

Moore opened round three coming right down the gut, freezing Feeney with a head fake then going to the backhand for the eventual game winner.

Johnson was the last hope for the Brahmas and his attempt to go five hole was closed off by Best.

The Brahmas have picked up just four points in their last 10 games falling from third to fifth in the NAHL South, four points behind fourth place Topeka for the final playoff spot in the division.

Lone Star did win the shots on goal battle 29-28 and both teams were 1-2 on the power play.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Springfield at Topeka

Valdemar Ahlberg, Connor Zilisch, Kaiden Scott and Quinn Green all scored for the Pilots in the first on the way to a Topeka lopsided 7-0 win. Quinn added a second in the middle frame followed by Austin McCarthy with Michael Muschitiello closing out the scoring in the third. McLean Dorr picked up the win on 27 saves.

Shreveport at Odessa

Shreveport built a two goal lead in the first on goals from Joel Frazee and CJ McGee. Neither team scored in the second, but Odessa cut the lead in half with about 7:30 left in the third. Jay Feiwell snuffed out any comeback thoughts the Jackalopes may have had scoring unassisted just 38 seconds later. Maiszon Balboa recorded 43 saves in the win.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Amarillo Bulls

27

20 3 2 2

44

Corpus Christi IceRays

29

17 11 1 0

35

Shreveport Mudbugs

32

15 12 1 4

35

Topeka Pilots

32

15 13 2 2

34

Lone Star Brahmas

32

12 14 2 4

30

Odessa Jackalopes

30

12 17 0 1

25

 

 

 

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