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Brahmas Score 4-2 Come From Behind Win

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Frank Trazzera netted the power play game winner in the third as the Lone Star Brahmas came from behind to down the Odessa Jackalopes 4-2 at the Ector County Coliseum.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas went into the Ector County Coliseum to face the Odessa Jackalopes Friday night in desperate need of a win and points in the standings. After having clawed their way up to third in the NAHL South Division Lone Star’s season had taken a sudden turn with the team falling into fifth place after going 1-7-0-2 over their last 10 games.

Things did not get off to a good start for Lone Star as a turnover by Trevor Wilhelm fanning on a clearing pass put the puck on the tape of the Jackalopes leading scorer Jared Christy. Christy fired a shot blocker side on Harrison Feeney from point blank range at 6:01. The hole got even deeper for Lone Star with 9:22 left in the frame after a point shot from Kellen Tharaldson went off a body in front bouncing right to Michael Sacco who immediately put it inside the near post. Former Brahma Patrick Dawson picked up the secondary assist on the play.

An elbowing call to Matt Hutton at 9:11 of the second put Lone Star on the power play for the first time in the contest. Blake Evennou cut the Odessa lead in half hammering a onetimer from the blueline. Matt Guerra got it started with a cross ice pass from the near halfwall to Scott Persson atop the far circle. Persson immediately sent it up top to Evennou. Time of the goal was 10:11.

Just under one minute into the third Guerra had Alex Camarre beat, but ripped it off the crossbar setting the stage for what was to come the rest of the frame.  At 4:40 Guerra would have another opportunity and this time would not be denied. Vilho Saariluoma sent the puck from the near halfwall to Persson at the right wing point for a drive on net. Camarre made a right pad save, but Guerra jumped on the rebound and lifted it into the open net. The Brahmas were handed another power play at 8:38 and converted 33 seconds later. Kimball Johnson sent the puck along the blueline to his defensive partner Tim Henriksson. His wrister was tipped in front by Frank Trazzera over the right shoulder of Camarre. At 18:32 off a defensive zone faceoff, Johnson blocked a shot deep in the Brahmas zone then fired the puck the length of the ice into an empty net to ice the game away.

Shots on goal were 34-30 in favor of the Jackalopes, but the Brahmas were 2-4 with the man advantage while holding Odessa scoreless on their one opportunity. With the win the Brahmas won for the first time when trailing after one period and put at least a temporary halt to their recent skid. They will look to take momentum from the come from behind win into the final game of the series on Saturday.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Corpus Christi at Shreveport

The Icerays continued their hot streak with a 5-2 win over the Mudbugs. Corpus Christi’s win streak now stands at nine games. Kyle Moore got it started for the Icerays just over three minutes into the game. Shreveport tied it up late in the period to send it into the second at 1-1. Santeri Hartikainen and Anthony Firriolo scored in the second for a two goal lead going into the third. The Mudbugs pulled to within one just 49 seconds in the third, but Moore netted his second of the night just 1:44 later to squash any thoughts of a comeback. Mitch Machlitt added a goal as the final horn sounded. Sam Best picked up the win on 27 saves.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Amarillo Bulls

27

20 3 2 2

44

Corpus Christi IceRays

30

18 11 1 0

37

Shreveport Mudbugs

33

15 13 1 4

35

Topeka Pilots

32

15 13 2 2

34

Lone Star Brahmas

33

13 14 2 4

32

Odessa Jackalopes

31

12 18 0 1

25

 

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