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Brahmas Down Pilots In Shootout

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Lone Star Brahmas Alternate Captain Josh Martin scored his first goal of the season as the Brahmas swept the Topeka Pilots with a 3-2 shootout win.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Topeka Pilots closed out their two game series Saturday with the Brahmas looking to build on their four game point streak.

Things did not start out well for Lone Star as a slashing minor call on Harrison Feeney led to the first tally of the game. The teams lined up for a draw to the right of the Brahmas’ netminder. The puck was sent behind the cage and out the far side where Michael Muschitiello grabbed it and sent it to Valdemar Ahlberg in the slot. His low shot bounced off Feeney’s pads and jumped over his right leg into the back of the net at 17:19.

The Brahmas got it back even with a power play goal of their own 11:35 into the middle frame. After the puck was kicked into the near corner, Jake Suede picked it up and made a strong move to the front of the net before putting a backhander on goal. Emil Gransoe got the right pad on it, but Frank Trazzera dug the puck out of the skates and lifted it over the prone netminder.

With about 6:30 gone in the third a neutral zone turnover led to a Topeka two on one rush with only Blake Evennou back to defend. Brendan Schultz skated the puck into the zone in front of the Lone Star bench with Austin McCarthy on his right wing. Evennou dropped to take the shooting lane so Schultz fed it across to McCarthy, but Feeney went post to post to stone McCarthy.

Strong puck play by Eric Huss outworking Cole Thiessen along the endboards led to the Brahmas taking their first lead of the night even though he would not figure into the scoring. Huss worked it out front and got a shot on goal with Thomas Daskas grabbing the rebound and punching it up to Tim Henriksson at the far point. Henriksson sent a cross ice pass to Alternate Captain Josh Martin for a low boring shot and past Gransoe at 9:35.

The lead was short lived as another neutral zone turnover turned Quinn Green loose all alone. He skated in on Feeney and ripped one over the left shoulder at the 12:12 mark.

The Green goal would lead to a scoreless overtime and then a shootout.

Feeney would stop all three Topeka shooters sent to center ice while Andrew DeCarlo beat Gransoe in the first round of the shootout for the eventual game winner. DeCarlo’s goal was nothing fancy, but it was effective as he came in wide right then just blistered it blocker side for the only goal they would need.

Topeka outshot the Brahmas 35-31 in the contest and both teams were 1-4 on the power play.

With back to back sweeps to their credit and Shreveport picking up only a single point out of their trip to Corpus Christi, the Brahmas have moved into a third place tie with the Mudbugs in the NAHL South.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around The NAHL South

Shreveport at Corpus Christi

The Icerays Nicholas Seitz opened the scoring 7:49 into the second. Shreveport would score on either side of a Nikita Krivokrasov goal in the third to force overtime. Cole Bennett netted the game winner with 46 seconds left in the extra frame. Sam Best picked up the win facing 45 shots on goal.

 

Odessa at Amarillo

Amarillo handed out a measure of revenge for the Jackalopes snapping their 20 game point streak on Friday night. Ryan Lautenbach and Alex Peterson scored in the first for a 2-1 Bulls lead. David Ojamae had the only goal of the second. Logan Jenuwine scored twice in the third along with a goal from Jason Brancheau. Jason Grande recorded the win in net allowing two goals on 22 shots faced.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Amarillo Bulls

34

26 4 2 2

56

Corpus Christi IceRays

36

20 15 1 0

41

Lone Star Brahmas

36

16 14 2 4

38

Shreveport Mudbugs

36

16 14 2 4

38

Topeka Pilots

36

15 16 2 3

35

Odessa Jackalopes

34

13 20 0 1

27

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