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Brahmas Dominated By Jackalopes In 7-0 Loss

Lone Star Brahmas


The Lone Star Brahmas Jekyll and Hyde season continued on Friday night against the Odessa Jackalopes. After reeling off five straight wins and point in six, the Brahmas were absolutely dominated for the second game in a row dropping a 7-0 decision to Odessa. Lone Star has now been outscored 13-3 in their last two games.

Odessa took control from the opening faceoff winning races to the puck and controlling puck battles along the boards. The Jackalopes broke the ice just 3:33 into the contest when Rickey Boysen stripped Scott Persson in the far corner then fed it to Vaclav Zidek at the near hashmark with nothing but clean ice between him and the goal. His shot found some open space between the left skate of Seth Eisele and the far post.

In the second period the Jackalopes took the puck into the zone approaching the seven minute mark and maintained possession for a full minute and a half. With the Brahmas defense gassed and chasing around the zone Michael Sacco dropped it for Connor Smith near the top of the near circle. Smith’s wrister was redirected by Jan Blasko in front at the 8:22 mark. Moments later Boysen came off the bench to pick up the puck near center ice and went streaking in on Eisele, but the Brahmas’ netminder had the answer kicking it to the corner. However, it didn’t take long for the Jackalopes to get the third goal as Carl Skarstrom hit Jared Christy with a blueline to blueline pass. Christy skated in using Joey Trazzera as a screen and ripped it blocker side at 11:10. Patrick Dawson picked up the secondary assist on the play. Christy would score again at the 14:52 mark. Boysen hit Christy in stride breaking down the slot. Eisele made the initial save, but Christy followed the shot jumping on his own rebound to lift it over the right pad. The goal chased Eisele from net bring Conan Hayton in for his first NAHL action. action.

3:38 into the third Clayton Lackey at 5’ 8” and 145 pounds dropped the mitts with 6’ 0” and 180 pound Matt Hutton along the far wall. Try as he might Lackey could not get an arm free as the much bigger Hutton held on tight. Hutton finally tried to throw a couple of right, but missed with both before pushing Lackey into the glass and the Linesmen stepped in. The offsetting fighting majors were the first penalties of the contest.

With 10:35 to go Sacco pushed the puck into the far corner for Zach Heintz who found Kellen Tharaldson in the high slot for a big onetimer glove side. It turned into a laugher with Connor Smith firing a shot off of Hayton that went to the endwall. Jake Vaughn sent a slow roller back out front and Smith pounded it into the net as Hayton tried to cover the loose puck. Dawson once again picked up the secondary assist.

The one and only power play of the game went to the Brahmas at the 13:12 mark of the third, but they could do nothing with the man advantage. Heintz made it 7-0 after a faceoff win to Hayton’s right. He curled to the far circle before turning it up ice and firing it just under the crossbar.

Alex Camarre continued his mastery of the Brahmas picking up his second shutout of the season with both coming against Lone Star. Odessa outshot the Brahmas 44-25 and Lone Star went scoreless on the only power play of the night.

The Brahmas loss coupled with a Shreveport win dropped Lone Star to third in the NAHL South just one point ahead of Corpus Christi who has two games in hand over the Brahmas.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Amarillo at Corpus Christi

Following a scoreless first Amarillo put up three in the second on goals from Alex Peterson, Louis Helsen and Nick Anderson. Peterson added his second of the night in the third while Jason Grande stopped all 29 shots he faced for the win.

Topeka at Shreveport

The Mudbugs’ Warren Natyshak and Dakota Concannon put Shreveport up 2-0 through the first. Anton Rubtsov closed out the scoring in the second. Maiszon Balboa was in net stopping all 24 shots he faced.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

Amarillo Bulls 36 27 5 2 2 58
Shreveport Mudbugs 40 19 15 2 4 44
Lone Star Brahmas 40 18 16 2 4 42
Corpus Christi IceRays 38 20 17 1 0 41
Topeka Pilots 40 17 17 2 4 40
Odessa Jackalopes 38 15 21 1 1 32

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