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Brahmas Stampede Over Icerays 5 – 1

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Clayton Lackey scored on a drive by in the third as the Brahmas downed the Icerays 5 - 1 Friday night.


The Lone Star Brahmas took to the NYTEX Sports Centre ice Friday against the visiting Corpus Christi Icerays riding a four game win streak and five game point streak. The weekend series had second place in the NAHL South on the line as the Brahmas entered play three points behind the Icerays meaning a regulation sweep would allow the Brahmas to leapfrog the Icerays.

Lone Star put themselves in an early hole with three straight minor penalties in the opening minutes of the contest. They managed to kill off 1:08 of a 5 on 3 and were 48 seconds from killing off the third penalty when Corpus Christi jumped out front on a rebound just off the near post by Matthew Headland. The power play goal at 5:15 was set up by a drive from Jake Stella at the right hash mark that Seth Eisele made the initial save on.

It didn’t take long for the Brahmas to respond with Noah Roofe finding Frank Trazzera in front of the Lone Star bench and he sent Joey Baez streaking into the zone. Baez danced around Michal Juscak at the blueline then Nick Godfrey in the near circle and sent a sharp angle laser over Brian George’s left shoulder and just under the crossbar. Time of the goal was 9:02.

Lone Star took the lead just under four minutes into the middle frame on an offensive zone faceoff. Andrew DeCarlo pulled the draw back to Kimball Johnson at the far point and he fed it along the blueline to defensive partner Josh Martin. The Brownstown, MI native blistered one through traffic and past the right skate for his second goal in as many games. They made it a two goal lead when Trazzera went flying up the ice on a breakaway. George made the save on the Brahmas’ captain, but Baez who was trailing the play pulled the rebound off the endboards and found Roofe all alone in front for a quick onetimer over the left pad at 10:06. Late in the period Lone Star went through another run of minor penalties, but were able to kill off another 56 seconds of 5 on 3 to hold a two goal lead going into the second intermission.

Clayton Lackey pushed the lead to three with 10:40 left in the third taking the puck at the near halfwall then flying across the ice to the high slot before blowing it past the Icerays’ netminder. The assist on the play went to Nick Siffringer.  In pure desperation, the Icerays pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker with nearly seven minutes left to play. Siffinger would jar the puck loose from Andrei Golikov at the Corpus Christi blueline and Jake Suede deposited it into the open net. Time of the goal was 14:42.

The Icerays held a slight shots on goal margin out shooting the Brahmas 29-25. Corpus Christi also had the only power play tally of the night, but the Brahmas did hold them to 1-8 which was made even more special considering they killed off two 5 on 3 power plays. Lone Star was 0-3 with the man advantage.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Odessa at Topeka

After being swept last week at Lone Star, the Pilots got back in the win column. The teams traded goals in the first with Valdemar Ahlberg accounting for the Topeka goal. In the second Odessa scored twice, but both goals were followed quickly by Pilot tallies from Connor Zilisch and Quinn Green. Neither team could find the twine in the third sending the game to overtime where Austin McCarthy scored with 11 seconds left. Emil Gransoe picked up the win on 35 saves.


Shreveport at Amarillo

The Mudbugs took it to the division leading Bulls in Amarillo. Former Brahma Anton Rubtsov opened the scoring salvo in the first followed by Timothy Clifton and Ethan Harrison to close out the opening twenty minutes. In the second it was Warren Natyshak and Harrison with his second of the game to push the lead to five. Jacob Skolnik added one in the third for good measure. Leo Chuard was perfect in net stopping all 43 shots that came his way for the win.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

Amarillo Bulls 35 26 5 2 2 56
Corpus Christi IceRays 37 20 16 1 0 41
Lone Star Brahmas 37 17 14 2 4 40
Shreveport Mudbugs 37 17 14 2 4 40
Topeka Pilots 37 16 16 2 3 37
Odessa Jackalopes 35 13 20 1 1 28

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