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Brahmas Gut Out 3-2 OT Win Over Bulls

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Andrew DeCarlo picked up his second game winner of the season scoring with 32 seconds left in OT as the Lone Star Brahmas downed the NAHL South leading Amarillo Bulls 3-2 on Saturday night.

 

After suffering a 5-1 loss on Friday night the Lone Star Brahmas took to the ice against the Amarillo Bulls looking to turn the tables and get back in the win column.

However, just as they had on Friday night the Bulls took the early lead. Skating on the power play, Brenden Datema sent one to Alex Peterson just off the near post for him to try and jam it in. Seth Eisele made the save and tried to cover the puck. The Brahmas netminder though he had the puck under his body, but it slid free into the paint for Trey Bagwell to punch it into the open net. Time of the power play goal was 8:22.

Lone Star came right back with a power play tally of their own when the Bulls’ Gagik Malakyan tried to clear the puck from the endwall, but Zach Heintz got a piece of it to slow the puck. Scott Persson grabbed it at the far point and sent it immediately along the blueline to Blake Evennou who hammered a onetimer past Jason Grande at 15:55.

The Brahmas took the lead just 55 seconds into the second after Josh Martin bumped the puck to Joey Baez in the Brahmas’ zone. From there Baez and Heintz ran the give and go perfectly. Baez sent the puck along the board in front of the benches to Heintz who went flying into the zone then dropped it to Baez trailing. This drew Grande to the near post and Baez put it through the paint back to Heintz for the shot into the open net.

With just over two minutes left in the frame Cooper Fensterstock was alone on the back door and John Pesek hit him with a beautiful diagonal pass across the ice. Fensterstock let go of a big onetimer, but Eisele made the move across to goal mouth to make a huge save and protect the one goal lead.

Sam Brennan was whistled for interference just as the horn sounded to close the second period giving Amarillo a power play on clean ice to start the third. It took the Bulls only 47 seconds to convert. Alex Peterson carried the puck into the zone before giving it up to Logan Jenuwine cruising down the slot. Jenuwine found Jason Brancheau on the back door for the redirect.

With 2:45 to go in regulation Jenuwine two hand cross checked Kimball Johnson in the face following a shot with no whistle. Johnson was taken to the locker room, done for the evening.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net the rest of the way giving both teams a point and pushing the contest to sudden death overtime.  Lone Star picked up the extra point off a two on none rush up the ice with 32 seconds left in the extra frame. Andrew DeCarlo blocked a Jenuwine shot in the high slot to start the rush. He gave it up to Matt Guerra on the right wing. Guerra drove to the far hash mark then pushed it back across to DeCarlo. Grande got just enough of the shot to keep the puck out of the net, but DeCarlo jumped on his own rebound and lifted it over the sprawling netminder for the game winner. They credited Guerra with the goal in the building, but the scoring will be changed once the replay if reviewed.

Amarillo held a substantial edge in shots on goal at 42-29 and both teams scored once on the power play with the Brahmas 1-4 and the Bulls 1-6. With the win the Brahmas kept pace with the Shreveport Mudbugs who had won earlier in the evening at Hirsch Coliseum.

 

Boxscore

 

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Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Amarillo Bulls

42

32 5 2 3

69

Shreveport Mudbugs

46

22 17 2 5

51

Lone Star Brahmas

45

21 18 2 4

48

Corpus Christi IceRays

44

21 22 1 0

43

Topeka Pilots

44

17 20 2 5

41

Odessa Jackalopes

43

17 24 1 1

36

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