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Brahmas Swept Second Weekend In A Row

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Scott Persson pulled the Brahmas within one on a third period power play goal but they could not get the equalizer and the Bulls completed the weekend sweep with a 3-2 win.

The Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls closed out their weekend series at the Amarillo Civic Center Saturday night. In game one of the series the two teams skated 65 minutes with no scoring before the Bulls pulled out the win in a shootout.

While the one point on Friday was welcomed by the Brahmas they were looking for something better on Saturday. However, at 9:47 of the opening frame Gagik Malakyan accepted a pass from Gabriel Seger at the far point. Seth Eisele had three bodies in front of him taking away his eyes as Malakyan rifled it top corner. Logan Jenuwine picked up the secondary assist on the play.

With 5:25 left, Noah Roofe and Brett Abdelnour lined up for a faceoff to Justin Evenson’s left. Roofe won it cleanly back to Blake Evennou for a blast from the blueline. Evenson made the save, but Frank Trazzera was stationed just off the left post and pounded it into the twine to knot the score at 1-1. The Trazzera tally broke a streak of over eight scoreless periods for the Brahmas.

Amarillo went back up one just 56 seconds into the middle stanza. Louis Helsen fired one wide from distance and Eisele got tangled up with the near post. Ryan Lautenbach sent the puck back up top and as Eisele scrambled to get back into the net Jake Willets sent it stick side on Eisele. The lead went to two off a turnover behind the Brhamas’ net. Nick Anderson picked off the pass and the puck was jarred out from between the bodies to Matt Allen who found Brendan West all alone at the top of the paint for a onetimer that Eisele had no chance on. Time of the goal was 11:08.

With 5:06 to go and Lone Star on the power play, Roofe carried the puck into the zone and Lautenbach hit him up high with a nasty elbow sending the Brahmas forward to the ice. Trazzera grabbed Lautenbach along the board and meted out immediate justice feeding him five big right hands before the linesmen could intervene. The hit left Roofe prone on the ice for nearly two minutes before he was helped off the surface and into the locker room. Lautenback ended up with a head contact major and game misconduct while Trazzera was hit with an instigator minor, fighting major and cutting opponent match penalty giving the Bulls a power play after a brief 4 0n 4.

Lone Star cut the lead to one with a power play goal at 5:27 into the third. After winning the faceoff on the left wing Matt Guerra circled back to take a return pass from Joey Baez. Guerra spotted Scott Persson sneaking down from the far point and put a cross ice pass in his wheelhouse for a huge onetimer glove side just 12 seconds after the power play started.

Amarillo controlled the shots on goal battle, but not by nearly as significant a margin as Friday night, outshooting Lone Star 38-25. The Brahmas had the only power play goal of the contest going 1-5 while holding Amarillo scoreless on four attempts.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Odessa at Corpus Christi

Jack Smiley and Santeri Hartikainen gave the Icerays a two goal lead going into the second. Smiley hit is second of the contest followed by Blake Bennett before Odessa finally broke through late in the period. Jack Sampson added to the lead early in the third, but the Jackalopes had a quick response. Sam Best was in net for the  win on 44 saves.

Shreveport at Topeka

The Mudbugs jumped out to a two goal lead before the seven minute mark of the first before Austin McCarthy could get Topeka on the board. Michael Muschitiello evened it at 2-2 with the only goal in the second. Shreveport took the lead again in the third, but Connor Zilisch knotted it once more to force overtime. Brendan Schultz netted the game winner with 34 seconds left in the extra frame. Emil Gransoe recorded the win on 34 saves.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Amarillo Bulls 25 18 3 2 2 40
Topeka Pilots 27 14 10 2 1 31
Lone Star Brahmas 27 11 11 2 3 27
Shreveport Mudbugs 26 11 11 1 3 26
Corpus Christi IceRays 24 12 11 1 0 25
Odessa Jackalopes 25 11 13 0 1 23

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