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Brahmas Shutout By Bulls

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Harrison Feeney was outstanding in net stopping 49 shots through regulation and overtime before Amarillo could win it in a 1-0 shootout.

The Lone Star Brahmas took to the ice against the Amarillo Bulls at the Amarillo Civic Center looking to halt their recent three game slide that saw them slip to third in the NAHL South. A task made all the more difficult facing one of the top offenses in the league.

While the Bulls did have the majority of the scoring chances in the opening period the teams went into the first intermission in a scoreless tie. The Bulls had the only power play of the period at 12:42 due to a Frank Trazzera boarding minor. The penalty pitted the league’s third ranked power play against the fourth ranked penalty kill. This time the Brahmas held the upper hand not allowing Amarillo a single shot on goal. Possibly the biggest save of the first 20 minutes came late in the frame with the Brahmas scrambling in front of their own net. Harrison Feeney made a point blank save and attempted to cover the puck, but it squirted free to a Bulls attacker just outside the crease. Clayton Lackey dropped to a knee in front of the open net wearing the shot off his chest and clearing the puck into the neutral zone.

Seven minutes into the second Jacob Kalandyk nearly broke through for Lone Star beating Jason Grande glove side, but his rocket rang off the post and back out to neutral ice.

Once again the Bulls were obviously the better team on the ice outshooting the Brahmas 22-9 in the period, but Feeney continued to frustrate the Amarillo skaters turning aside every shot sent his way.

Despite being outshot 44-20 through regulation the Brahmas rode a strong performance by Feeney in net to overtime and an opportunity to pick up the second point in the standings.

Feeney made five more saves in overtime with two of them coming from point blank range to set up the shootout.

Joey Baez scored the first goal of the night as the first shooter in the second round. He picked the puck up at center and stick handled it across the near faceoff dot cutting back to center. As he crossed the crease he dropped the puck as he continued out the far side getting Grande to slide across with him opening up the goal for the puck to slide in uncontested.

Trey Bagwell was up next for Amarillo and he took it wide left moved to center and beat Feeney five hole to tie it up.

After a glove save by Grande on Noah Roofe, Nick Anderson jumped over the boards for Amarillo. He zig-zagged up the middle of the ice between the hashmarks and fired it over Feeney’s right pad for the game winner.

Amarillo dominated the shots on goal contest 50-22. Lone Star went 0-3 on the power play while the Bulls were 0-2. If Lone Star is looking for something positive out of the game it is that they pushed the second place team in the league to a shootout. However, they have now gone nearly 150 minutes of regulation play without finding the back of the net and been shutout in back to back games for the first time this season.


Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Odessa at Corpus Christi

Nicholas Seitz had the first goal of the contest with just over 1:30 left in the first then scored again early in the second to start a four goal offensive eruption in the second with the Jackalopes managing just one tally. The Icerays other three goals in the period came on a pair of tallies from Santeri Hartikainen and a single score from Nick Godfrey. Seitz completed the hattrick just 1:37 into the third then Mitch Machlitt sandwiched two goals either side of an Odessa score. Half of the Icerays’ goals came via the power play as Corpus Christi went 4-11 with the man advantage. Brian George logged the win on 31 saves.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Amarillo Bulls 24 17 3 2 2 38
Topeka Pilots 26 13 10 2 1 29
Lone Star Brahmas 26 11 10 2 3 27
Shreveport Mudbugs 25 11 11 0 3 25
Corpus Christi IceRays 23 11 11 1 0 23
Odessa Jackalopes 24 11 12 0 1 23


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