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Brahmas Rolled By Bulls

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Lone Star had a rough night against Amarillo, but remained three points ahead of Shreveport for second place in the NAHL South.

 

After a big dustup to end the contest on Friday night, the Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls met to close out their weekend series. At the final buzzer in game one Alex Peterson had Sam Brennan in a headlock and drove him into the end boards. A scrum erupted and once Brennan made it back to his skates Nick Anderson grabbed Brennan’s facemask and was jerking his head back and forth before the linesman could pull them apart. The question for game two would the fireworks carry over to Saturday night?

Amarillo went on an early power play and Brenden Datema fired a bomb  from the blueline that Seth Eisele got a pad on. Brett Abdelnour tried to poke home the rebound, but Eisele made another pad save before stoning Peterson with a diving save.

With 3:06 left in the frame, Logan Jenuwine fired a puck off Noah Roofe’s shin pads, but the puck bounced right back to the NAHL’s leading scorer and he fired it through traffic and past Eisele. Gabriel Seger made it 2-0 putting back his own rebound from just off the far post at 19:41.

At 9:51 of the second the Brahmas cut the lead in half. Eric Huss got it started carrying the puck behind the net from the far side then leaving it for Matt Guerra coming the other way. Guerra picked up the puck and immediately sent it out front to Joey Baez for a quick onetimer into the twine past Justin Evenson. The goal was Baez’s third on the weekend.

Off a scramble in front the Brahmas had multiple pokes at the puck ending up with Frank Trazzera and Peterson coming together. Trazzera grabbed Peterson who turtled as fast as he could with Evenson jumping on top of Trazzera as a third man in. As a result Trazzera drew a double minor for roughing and Evenson a two minute roughing minor.

On the ensuing power play Anderson kept the puck at the near point and fed it to Trey Bagwell in the high slot. Bagwell moved it to Datema at the far faceoff dot for a quick wrister between the right arm and the body of Eisele at 15:34.

With 1:04 to go the teams lined up for a draw in front of the Brahmas’ bench. As they came to the circle Gabe Potyk and Jenuwine were jawing at one another. When the puck went down so did Potyk’s mitts. He fired a couple of rights at Jenuwine ducked a covered as he went straight to the ice with Potyk on top of him. Anderson came in piling onto Potyk as Peterson immediately went for Guerra. Peterson took a couple rights for his efforts before landing one of his own after Guerra lost his footing. As a result of the yard sale, Potyk was hit with the instigator minor, a fighting major and game misconduct while Guerra and Peterson received fighting majors and 10 minute misconducts while Anderson picked up a roughing minor.

On the five minute power play the Bulls would extend the lead with Louis Helsen hitting Jake Willets at the blueline for a onetimer off of Eisele’s right pad and Jason Brancheau lifted the rebound over Eisele at the 2:20 mark. It took Amarillo only 23 seconds to cash in again With Datema scoring his second from the left wing circle from Bagwell and Seger marking the Bulls’ third straight power play goal.

With about two minutes left, Suede checked a player into the boards in front of the Amarillo bench and Brendan West who was setting atop the boards ready to come onto the ice threw a punch at the Brahmas’ forward with no call coming from the officials.

Amarillo controlled play all evening and with the two goals on the five minute major put the game away. The Bulls outshot Lone Star 20-9 in the contest and went 3-6 with the man advantage while the Brahmas were 0-5.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Corpus Christi at Topeka

It was a barn burner for the second night in a row in Topeka, but on this night it would be the Pilots who would prevail. Topeka found themselves down two early before Quinn Green broke the ice. Hugh Quinn followed with two in just over two minutes. Corpus Christi scored to pull back even, but Michael Muschitiello and Max Finner came right back with goals for Topeka. The Icerays would score again before the end of the period for the ninth goal of the frame. The Icerays scored twice in the second then Christian Thomas lit the lamp with just over 1:30 left. The teams traded goals in the third with Muschitiello picking up the Pilots’ goal. Connor Zilisch picked up the game winner 3:16 into overtime. Emil Gransoe logged the win on 15 saves after relieving McLean Dorr who allowed six on 24 shots.

Shreveport at Odessa

With the Brahmas losing to Amarillo they needed some help from Odessa and for the second night in a row they received it. After Shreveport scored to open the game, Jack Conroy scored on the power play to send the game to the second tied 1-1. Conroy added another early in the third with Vaclav Zidek and Connor Fedorek adding empty netters late. Alex Camarre picked up the win on 37 saves.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

y – Amarillo Bulls

51

38 7 3 3

82

Lone Star Brahmas

52

26 19 3 4

59

Shreveport Mudbugs

52

24 20 3 5

56

Corpus Christi IceRays

51

25 24 2 0

52

Topeka Pilots

51

19 25 2 5

45

Odessa Jackalopes

51

20 29 1 1

42

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