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Brahmas Battle But Drop 2-1 Decision To Bulls

Photo Courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Jake Suede scored a blue collar goal to pull the Brahmas even, but Amarillo came back to take a 2-1 win.

 

It was 1 vs 2 in the NAHL South as the Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls took to NYTEX Sports Centre ice to open a two game set on Friday night. The last time the teams met two weeks ago the split a pair of games as Lone Star took command of the second spot in the division.

Amarillo took an early lead on a beautiful pass from below the goal line by Brendan West to David Ojamae in the rightwing circle. Ojamae’s quick wrister just snuck past Seth Eisele’s left elbow. Time of the goal was 2:12. Eisele kept the team in it the rest of the period with some big saves on shots in close. At the other end of the ice the Brahmas had a couple of good chances with sustained pressure in and around the crease, but could not solve Jason Grande in net.

Much of the second period was controlled by Lone Star as they limited the Bulls to a single shot on goal in the frame even with Amarillo receiving a power play opportunity. Late in the frame Amarillo was whistled for an offside and well after the whistle Logan Jenuwine fired the puck over the glass and out of play. For some reason referee Ian McCambridge kept the whistle in his pocket and failed to call the delay of game penalty.

The Brahmas finally broke through thirty seconds into the third on a back handed put back by Jake Suede. The puck went off several bodies in front and as Grande tried to cover, Suede poked it free then lifted the backhander over the left pad.

Amarillo had a response right at four minutes after the Suede score. Christian Abrams carried the puck into the zone down the far side on a three on two. Abrams slid it to Alex Peterson at center and he found Gabriel Seger alone at the near faceoff dot for a onetimer glove side at 4:29.

Amarillo had another odd man rush opportunity, but Sam Brennan made a great defensive play diving to the ice to take away the shooting lane away from a speedy Nick Anderson and deflecting the shot away with his stick shaft.

Lone Star held a 32 – 18 shots on goal advantage, but were unable to take advantage of four power play opportunities. The Bulls were 0-2 on the power play.

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Topeka at Odessa

After a scoreless first Topeka jumped on top with two goals before Vilho Saariluoma got Odessa on the board. Connor Fedorek and Joseph Winkelmann had third period tallies to lift Odessa over the Pilots. Kade Phipps picked up the win on 34 saves.

Corpus Christi at Shreveport

Warren Natyshack scored just over one minute into the contest, but the Mudbugs went into the first intermission down 2-1. Natyshack picked up his second in the middle frame followed by Tim Khokhlachev with Billy Feczko putting the nail in the coffin in the third. Leo Chuard was in goal for the win on 28 saves.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
y – Amarillo Bulls 54 41 7 3 3 88
x – Lone Star Brahmas 55 28 20 3 4 63
Shreveport Mudbugs 55 26 20 4 5 61
Corpus Christi IceRays 54 25 26 2 1 53
Topeka Pilots 55 21 26 3 5 50
Odessa Jackalopes 55 21 32 1 1 44