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Brahmas Rebound For 3-1 Defeat of Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Vilho Saariluoma opened the scoring for the Lone Star Brahmas early in the first period. Lone Star went on to down the Odessa Jackalopes 3-1.

 

After suffering an embarrassing 7-0 loss on Friday night, the Lone Star Brahmas were looking to get a bit of revenge on the Odessa Jackalopes Saturday.

Just 1:16 into the contest Lone Star jumped out on top. Matt Guerra sent the puck into the far corner for a brief puck battle where Jake Suede pulled the puck free. Suede backhanded it between the hashmarks for a onetimer from Vilho Saariluoma over the left shoulder of Alex Camarre. The Brahmas went up two after a the puck was once again sent into the far corner and it bounced out to Eric Huss. The former Jackalope backed it to the top of the far circle and fired a wrister stick side into the twine at 7:33 of the first. Gabe Potyk and Clayton Lackey were credited with assists on the play.

With 5:55 left and the teams skating four on four due to matching minors penalties, James Crossman fired one past Seth Eisele. However, Carl Skarstrom went through the crease and interfered with Eisele’s ability to play the puck. The referee immediately waived off the goal.

Odessa cut the lead in half at the 10:20 mark of the second after Kyle Herbster picked up a clearing pass in the neutral zone and turned it back up ice on an odd man rush. Zidek sent Kellen Tharaldson into the near corner and he hit Jared Christy cruising down the slot for a shot into the back of the net.

Lone Star reestablished their two goal lead on the power play as Guerra sent a cross ice pass to Scott Persson in front of the Brahmas’ bench. Persson made a power move to the front of the net, but Camarre was able to fight off the shot. With the Jackalopes netminder on the seat of his pants Joey Baez jumped on the rebound and lifted it under the crossbar. Time of the goal was 16:55.

Neither team scored in the third and Lone Star controlled neutral ice with a strong forecheck clamping down on any attack the Jackalopes attempted to generate.

The Brahmas outshot Odessa 31-22. Lone Star also had the only power play goal of the night going 1-3 while holding the Jackalopes to 0-3.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Amarillo at Corpus Christi

Amarillo scored once in each period with goals coming from Ryan Lautenbach, Jake Willets and Jason Brancheau for a 3-1 win and a sweep of the Icerays. Justin Evenson made 40 saves on the night for the win.

 

Topeka at Shreveport

Shreveport took care of business for the second night in a row with CJ Regula and Jacob Skolnik scoring in the first. Jay Feiwell and Andrew Jackson pushed the lead to four with both goals coming in the last minute of the period. Topeka got on the board early in the third, but Ethan Harrison answered just 90 seconds later. Topeka would score again followed by goals from CJ McGee, Harrison’s second of the night and Timothy Clifton. Leo Chuard turned aside 33 shots in the win.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Amarillo Bulls

38

29 5 2 2

62

Shreveport Mudbugs

41

20 15 2 4

46

Lone Star Brahmas

41

19 16 2 4

44

Corpus Christi IceRays

40

20 19 1 0

41

Topeka Pilots

41

17 18 2 4

40

Odessa Jackalopes

39

15 22 1 1

32

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