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Brahmas Sweep Icerays Move Into Second Place

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Joey Baez (left) scored twice to lead the Lone Star Brahmas past the visiting Corpus Christi Icerays. With the sweep the Brahmas jumped over the Icerays into second place in the NAHL South.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas clawed their way into second place in the NAHL South with a sweep of the Corpus Christi Icerays and their sixth straight win. The Brahmas opened the weekend tied for third with Shreveport three points behind the Icerays. After a 5-1 win on Friday the stage was set for Lone Star to leapfrog over Corpus Christi.

With about 8:30 gone in the first Joey Baez nearly put the Brahmas on the board with a redirect of a Tim Henriksson wrister from the blueline, but the shot rang off the near post and out. At 11:57 Baez would get a second chance and this time he buried it. Off a defensive zone draw Baez picked up a loose puck at the blueline in front of the Brahmas bench and went flying down the ice with Tyler Love in pursuit. Baez got to the near circle and ripped it past Keegan Karki for his second goal in as many games and a one goal Lone Star lead.

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing: Seth Eisele stopped 66 of the 69 shots he faced in a weekend sweep of the Icerays.

The Icerays would pull even late as with just under two minutes to go Scott Persson fanned on a neutral zone pass and Jake Stella grabbed the puck taking it into the near circle before sending it into the twine glove side on Seth Eisele.

In the final minute of play Matt Guerra and Icerays Captain Kyle Moore who were involved in an incident on Friday night that resulted in roughing minors to both and had jawed at one another during warmups were involved in another incident. Guerra controlled the puck along the near halfwall. Moore had him lined up and came flying across ice looking to hand out a big hit, but Guerra sidestepped the hit sending Moore into the boards face first. Moore was a bit slow getting up and gingerly made his way back to the Icerays bench.

Frank Trazzera scored the third unassisted goal of the contest at the 5:28 mark of the second. Noah Roofe had pushed the play up ice and behind the net where he was met by Coltan Wilkie and Drew Meininger with the pair of defenders dislodging the puck. The puck slid out into the near circle where Trazzera caught up with it and rifled it past Karki.

With 11:48 remaining in the middle frame, Santeri Hartikainen who is the Icerays second leading scorer got behind the defense and went in all alone on Eisele. The big Finnish forward tried to go five hole, but Eisele slammed the door shut protecting the one goal lead.

Lone Star scored their first power play goal of the weekend at the 11:57 mark. Persson kept a clearing attempt at the blueline then flipped it to Guerra at the near halfwall. Guerra found Baez with a beautiful cross ice pass for a onetimer from the far circle that beat Karki glove side.

Eisele was in a shooting gallery over the last four minutes or so including a 6 on 4 power play with the Icerays pulling Karki for the extra attacker. The Brahmas’ netminder withstood the barrage making several big saves until the 19:41 mark when Hartikainen pulled it out of a crowd along the far wall and sent it to Moore atop the near circle. He stickhandled into open space and sent it glove side to cut the lead to one.

Corpus Christi held a rather substantial advantage in shots on goal at 40-22. Lone Star had the only power play goal on the night going 1-2 while they held the Icerays to 0-6 on the night and just 1-14 in the two game series.

 

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Odessa at Topeka

The Pilots found themselves down two going into the second, but Hugh Quinn and Kyler Yeo each found the back of the net to tie it. In the third it was Quinn Green and Brendan Schultz that made it four unanswered and a 4-3 win after Odessa scored late. Emil Gransoe picked up the win on 34 saves.

 

Shreveport at Amarillo

After being shutout 6-0 on Friday the Bulls were looking to turn things around Saturday and they did exactly that. Alex Peterson had the only goal of the first to get it going. In the second Gabriel Seger pushed the lead to two before Shreveport cut it in half. Logan Jenuwine continued his hot hand scoring just 19 seconds into the third followed by Peterson and Seger with their second goals of the night. Jenuwine netted his second as well with the Mudbugs getting a power play tally with just over a minute to go. Justin Everson was in net for the win facing 25 shots.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Amarillo Bulls

36

27 5 2 2

58

Lone Star Brahmas

38

18 14 2 4

42

Corpus Christi IceRays

38

20 17 1 0

41

Shreveport Mudbugs

38

17 15 2 4

40

Topeka Pilots

38

17 16 2 3

39

Odessa Jackalopes

36

13 21 1 1

28

 

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