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Brahmas Force OT But Fall 3-2 to Pilots

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Alternate Captain Kimball Johnson had an assist on the game tying goal for the Lone Star Brahmas to force overtime, but the Topeka Pilots hit the overtime game winner just over three minutes into the extra frame.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas took to the ice in their Evel Knievel tribute jerseys Saturday looking to complete a sweep of the visiting Topeka Pilots. In addition to the puck action, the Texas Law Hawk, Bryan Wilson, paid further homage to Knievel by setting a world record for the most cases of beer jumped on a motorcycle in a hockey arena when he cleared 101 cases of Legal Draft Beer Company – Nowhere But Texas Lager during the second intermission.

For the second night in a row the Brahmas took a first period lead on a goal from Blake Evennou. The puck was worked off the far halfwall by Vadim Kiryakov to Clayton Lackey in the high slot drawing two defenders. Lackey sent it over to Evennou atop the right wing circle for a bomb into the back of the net at 2:24.

Topeka went on the power play right at four minutes later and had two golden opportunities with shots by Quinn Green from between the hash marks and Hugh Quinn just outside the paint, but Seth Eisele was up to the task robbing them both times.

Topeka knotted it up late in the second when Connor Zilisch battled Kiryakov to keep the puck in at the far point then found Valdemar Ahlberg coming in off the bench for a quick wrister over the right shoulder of Eisele. Time of the goal was 18:02

Topeka came out strong early in the third, but Lone Star weathered the storm. Then with 4:30 gone Kiryakov weaved his way through three Pilot defenders in front and ripped it off the far post, coming inches from putting the Brahmas back on top.

A costly turnover by Evennou trying to do a bit too much by attempting a through the legs drop pass lead to Ahlberg setting Brendan Schultz in the slot for a shot over the blocker with 4:33 left in the contest.

With just 1:12 left, Kimball Johnson kept in a clearing attempt at the point in front of the Topeka bench and sent it deep. Matt Guerra  grabbed it and centered it to Andrew DeCarlo in front and he pounded it off of McLean Dorr and in to make it a new game.

With the DeCarlo goal the Brahmas were able to force overtime ensuring at least one point on the night. However, with 3:09 gone in the extra frame Ahlberg controlled the puck in the near circle then spun and hit Green coming into the zone and he fired it past the glove hand of Eisele for the game winner.

Topeka also outshot Lone Star 30 – 22 on the night and both teams were 0 – 5 on the power play.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Div.

Odessa at Corpus Christi

The Jackalopes turned the tables on the Icerays in game two winning by the same four goal margin that Corpus Christi had enjoyed the night before. Joseph Winkelmann had the only goal of the first for Odessa. John Serafin and Jan Blasko added to the lead in the second making it 3-0. Corpus Christi finally found the back of the net in the third, but Odessa scored three of the next four goals with Mitchell Walinski, Brendan Coughlin and Winkelmann accounting for the scoring. Kade Phipps was in net for the win despite facing 51 shots on goal.

Amarillo at Shreveport

Shreveport jumped out to a lead again Saturday and this time they were able to hold the lead. Billy Feczko scored late in the first and Gueorgui Feduolov late in the third for the only goals of the contest. Leo Chuard stopped all 34 he faced for the shutout win.

Current NAHL South Div Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

x – Amarillo Bulls

45

33 6 3 3

72

Shreveport Mudbugs

48

23 17 3 5

54

Lone Star Brahmas

48

23 18 3 4

53

Corpus Christi IceRays

47

23 23 1 0

47

Topeka Pilots

47

18 22 2 5

43

Odessa Jackalopes

45

18 25 1 1

38

 

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