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Brahmas Ground Pilots With 4-2 Win

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Blake Evennou (left) had 2G-1A to lead the Lone Star Brahmas to a 4-2 win over the visiting Topeka Pilots. With the win the Brahmas moved into fourth in the NAHL South.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas, riding a three game point streak, welcomed the Topeka Pilots into NYTEX Sports Centre for the first time this season Friday night.

Lone Star went on the power play at 6:39 of the first after Topeka Captain Brenden Rons was whistled for a boarding minor on Noah Roofe in the near corner of the Pilots’ zone that could easily have been a double minor. It took the Brahmas exactly three seconds to convert the man advantage. Matt Guerra pulled the ensuing draw back to Scott Persson for a pass to defensive partner Blake Evennou. Eennou’s big slapper was past Emil Gransoe’s right pad before the Topeka netminder had a chance to react.

The Brahmas pushed the lead to two goals on a shorthanded takeaway and backhander by Guerra from point blank range at 4:10 of the second. At 8:43 Max Finner handed Lone Star their second man advantage of the night on a cross checking minor and 10 minute misconduct. Once again it was Evennou who did the damage. This time it took Lone Star 22 seconds to make the Pilots pay. Jake Suede sent a pass out of the far corner to Persson at the right point. The Swedish defenseman once again found his D-partner Evennou at the blueline for a laser blocker side. Joey Baez scored 68 seconds into their third power play of the night, but a quick whistle by the officials wiped out the goal despite the goal light flashing red behind the Topeka cage.

Topeka finally got on the board with 3:51 left in the middle frame on a power play goal of their own on a wrister from Valdemar Ahlberg in the slot on a feed from Cole Thiessen.

It didn’t take long for Lone Star to get it back with Andrew DeCarlo burying the rebound of a Persson shot from just off the left post. Evennou picked up the secondary assist on the goal at the 19:28 mark.

In the third with the teams skating four on four a blast from the blueline with 3:51 left by Austin McCarthy beat Harrison Feeney high stick side going off the crossbar and in. Assists went to Thiessen and Brendan Schultz. However, Topeka could get no closer and and Lone Star took the 4-2 win moving into fourth place in the division in the process.

Shots on goal were 32-22 in favor of the Brahmas and Lone Star won the special teams play as well going 2-8 while holding the Pilots to 1-6.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at Corpus Christi

After a scoreless first Santeri Hartikainen had the only goal of the second period to stake the home team to a one goal lead entering the third. Kyle Moore scored twice in the span of 2:25 early in the third followed by a Michal Juscak goal just 16 seconds later.

Odessa at Amarillo

The Jackalopes snapped Amarillo’s 20 game point streak with a 5-3 win on the Bulls’ home ice. The Bulls jumped out to a one goal lead midway through the first, but Jack Conroy evened it up briefly for Odessa. Amarillo retook the lead 55 seconds later for a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission. The Bulls had the only tally of the second to make it a 3-1 lead, but Odessa reeled off four third period goals for the win. Single goals from Connor Smith and Michael Sacco along with a pair from James Crossman accounted for the scoring.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Amarillo Bulls

32

25 3 2 2

54

Corpus Christi IceRays

35

19 15 1 0

39

Shreveport Mudbugs

35

16 14 1 4

37

Lone Star Brahmas

35

15 14 2 4

36

Topeka Pilots

35

15 16 2 2

34

Odessa Jackalopes

32

12 19 0 1

25

 

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