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Brahmas – Bulls Battle To End

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls closed out their NAHL regular season series on Saturday following one of the most entertaining games of the season on Friday night. Friday saw the Bulls win a hard fought battle 2-1 as a preview of what may be to come if these two teams meet again in the post season.

As they did last night the Bulls jumped out to an early lead after Andrew DeCarlo came up with a big block of a Nick Anderson shot. The puck bounced around a bit and found the tape of Gabriel Seger who blasted it over Seth Eisele’s right shoulder from the rightwing circle. Time of the goal was 2:12. Amarillo went up two on an odd man rush with Seger taking the puck down the far side then delaying before sending a cross ice pass to Logan Jenuwine trailing. The League’s leading scorer wasted no time in firing it blocker side on Eisele at 15:42. It took only 50 seconds for the score  to go to 3-0 with Nick Trella scoring on pass from Brendan West on another rush up the ice. The goal chased Eisele from net with Matt Sankner coming on in relief.

A tripping call on Brenden Datema at 17:48 gave the Brahmas the first power play opportunity of the night. Lone Star would cash in at 18:01 as Michal Stinil moved the puck from deep on the near side to Scott Persson at the point. Person sent it along the blueline to defensive partner Blake Evennou who spanked a onetimer past Justin Evenson to give the Brahmas some life.

A tremendous personal effort by Stinil pulled the Brahmas within one at the 3:43 mark of the second. Stinil grabbed the puck along the near halfwall and cut toward the front of the net. He danced around two Amarillo defenders on the way then put a backhander five hole on Evenson.

Amarillo had their first power play opportunity at the 13:25 mark. A hard clear by Kimball Johnson came off the end boards out to the top of the near circle where Matt Guerra picked it up coming off the bench. Guerra fired one off Evenson and followed his own shot to the side of the net where he was taken out by a defender. As Guerra was going down to the ice the managed to get another shot on net that went off the far post. As the power play ended, Frank Trazzera came out of the box to receive the puck and went racing in on Evenson. Trazzera had him dead to rights, but ripped it off the crossbar for his second post of the period.

Just 22 seconds into the third Amarillo moved the puck quickly with crisp passing leading to Seger and Jenuwine teaming up again for Jenuwine’s second of the night on a shot past the left skate of Sankner.

At the 10:43 mark Guerra hit Jenuwine with what looked to be a clean hip check behind the Amarillo net. Jenuwine went down in a heap and was writhing in pain for an extended period. Jenuwine bought a Clipping Major and Game Misconduct for Guerra. The Bulls’ Alternate Captain had a miraculous recovery and did not miss a single shift despite having been helped to the bench not putting weight on his left skate.

With 45 seconds left the Brahmas cut the lead to one with an extra attacker power play goal. Eric Huss, centered the puck to Jake Suede who fired one off of Evenson. Joey Baez pounced on the rebound and punched it past the right skate.

Amarillo would score an empty net goal with one second left for the 5-3 final.

For the second night in a row Lone Star outshot Amarillo holding a 25 – 18 advantage. The Brahmas were 2 – 4 on the power play while the Bulls were 0 – 5.

 

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Topeka at Odessa

Topeka scored two quick goals in the opening 5:25 of play with Quinn Green and Cole Thiessen doing the damage. Odessa managed one to go into the intermission with the Pilots holding a one goal lead. The Jackalopes tied it up early in the second, but Valdemar Ahlberg, Michael Muschitiello and Brenden Rons tallied to make it 5-2. Muschitiello added another midway through the third. McLean Dorr made 35 saves in the win.

 

Corpus Christi at Shreveport

After a scoreless first Kyle Moore had the only goal of the second. Moore scored again at 17:43 of the third to start a streak of four goals in 90 seconds. Anthony Yurkins and Austin Koss scored on either side of the Mudbugs lone goal of the evening. Brian George picked up the win facing 29 shots on goal.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
y – Amarillo Bulls 55 42 7 3 3 90
x – Lone Star Brahmas 56 28 21 3 4 63
x – Shreveport Mudbugs 56 26 21 4 5 61
Corpus Christi IceRays 55 26 26 2 1 55
Topeka Pilots 56 22 26 3 5 52
Odessa Jackalopes 56 21 33 1 1 44