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Brahmas Pick Up Road Sweep Against IceRays

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Defenseman Scott Persson scored the game winner in the shootout as the Lone Star Brahmas completed a sweep of the Corpus Christi Icerays. The goal was Persson's third shootout of the season to tie for the NAHL lead among defensemen.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas took the ice Saturday against the Corpus Christi IceRays looking to complete the road sweep and move one step closer to locking down second place in the NAHL South.

Both teams exchanged power play opportunities in the first half of the opening period. While the Brahmas were not able to convert on the opportunity they put a lot of pressure on with multiple shots on goal. Immediately after the Brahmas’ man advantage ended the IceRays went on the job. Lone Star’s penalty kill unit was up to the task not allowing a single shot on goal. However, Just 30 seconds after their first opportunity the IceRays were right back to the power play and this time a sharp angle centering pass by Blake Bennett from below the goal line in the far corner went off a body in front and past Seth Eisele at 12:02. Kyle Moore and Brian Kramer were credited with assists on the play.

With about two minutes to play Kramer made a big move to the front of the net, but Eisele stayed with it making a pad save to keep the Brahmas in it. Eisele flashed the leather stoning Bennett from between the hashmarks with no defenders in the area with seven ticks left on the clock.

Lone Star tied it up on the power play at 5:48 of the second. Sam Brennan sent a centering pass to Joey Baez in the high slot. Baez spun and fired one on net that Frank Trazzera tipped past Samuel Vyletelka from just outside the paint.

Neither team was able to dent the scoreboard in the third sending the game to a five minute three on three sudden death overtime which while entertaining finished the same way that regulation had with the score tied 1-1.

Scott Persson was the first one over the boards in a purple sweater in the shootout. He picked up the puck and went a little to his left. The Kristianstads, Sweden native slowed as he approached the net forcing Vyletelka to commit then put it five hole for the early lead.

Nicholas Seitz was first up for Corpus Christi, but Eisele tracked the puck well making the save to put pressure on the home team.

Another defenseman in Blake Evennou came on for Lone Star. He also went left and nothing fancy just drove a wrister past the glove hand making it do or die for the IceRays.

Bennett, the IceRays leading scorer, was called on to force a third round. Bennett took it wide right, but Eisele made a pad save seal the win for Lone Star.

Lone Star outshot Corpus Christi 40-39 and both teams scored on the power play with the Brahmas 1-4 and the IceRays 1-6. With the win the Brahmas clinched a Robertson Cup Playoff spot.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Topeka at Shreveport

Topeka held a two one lead late in the contest, but could not hold on. Mudbugs Captain Jay Feiwell had Shreveports’ only goal at 10:51 of the second until Georgui Feduolov scored with just 29 seconds left to force overtime. CJ Regula scored the game winner on the power play at 4:09 of overtime. Leo Chuard was in net to claim the win on 24 saves.

Odessa at Amarillo

Odessa ran out to a two goal lead through 20 minutes of play, but the Bulls came back with four unanswered. Jason Brancheau scored a pair in the second to go along with a goal from Gagik Malakyan to take a one goal lead into the third. Gabriel Seger had the only goal of the third. Justin Evenson faced 29 shots in the win.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
y – Amarillo Bulls 53 40 7 3 3 86
x – Lone Star Brahmas 54 28 19 3 4 63
Shreveport Mudbugs 54 25 20 4 5 59
Corpus Christi IceRays 53 25 25 2 1 53
Topeka Pilots 53 20 25 3 5 48
Odessa Jackalopes 53 20 31 1 1 42

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