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Brahmas Stand Tough Down Bulls 3-2

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Phtotgraphy: Joey Baez scored twice to lead the Lone Star Brahmas past the NAHL South Division leading Amarillo Bulls on Friday.

The Lone Star Brahmas took to the ice against the division leading Amarillo Bulls on Friday night looking to add some breathing room over the Mudbugs in the division standings.

The opening 20 minutes of play saw several ebbs and flows to the action on the ice. Neither team could get much going in the way of offense and at the 5:17 mark the Bulls went on the first power play of the night. Lone Star’s penalty kill unit that has been tough all season limited the NAHL’s number one ranked power play to a single shot on goal with the man advantage. However, from that point on the visitors built a 7-1 shots on goal lead.

Lone Star started to see things swing back their way and with roughly six minutes left to play, they looked like they would take the lead.  Zach Heintz grabbed a rebound just off the near post, but Jason Grande stretched out to rob the Brahmas forward and keep it a scoreless game. The Brahmas cut the shots on goal deficit to 10-8 by the end of the period and took 37 seconds of carry over power play into the locker room.

At the three minute mark of the second Amarillo went on the power play once again. In the closing moments of the power play Brendan Datema wound up and fired a slapshot from the far point, but Clayton Lackey who has been blocking shots all season gave up the body once again. The Scottsdale, AZ native had to be helped back to the bench as play went the other way and the penalty killers went for a line change.

With about six minutes gone the Brahmas had the puck deep and a scramble for the puck in front led to Grande making desperation save to rob Frank Trazzera from just outside the crease. Moments later Lone Star would generate more pressure and this time Heintz would bang home a rebound to pick up the goal he was denied in the first. Assists on the play went to Jake Suede and Andrew DeCarlo at 6:39 of the second.

Shots on goal were 22-13 in favor of Amarillo at the end of 40 minutes of play.

Lone Star entered the third period on the power play, but with just two seconds left the Bulls Brett Abdelnour pounced on a loose puck from a Jake Willets blocked shot and fired it past a screened Seth Eisele at 1:13.

It took Lone Star only 26 seconds to come up with an answer to the Abdelnour goal when Noah Roofe jarred the puck loose sending Eric Huss streaking down the ice. Huss carried the puck behind the net and attempted a wrap around that went off of Grande and stayed in the paint for Suede to punch home. A tripping call on Amarillo put the Brahmas on the power play at 4:57 of the third. A bang bang play made it 3-1 Lone Star when Michal Stinil bumped it off the near halfwall to Suede in the right wing circle. Suede found Joey Baez between the hash marks for a onetimer at 6:39.

Brendan Datema scored a goal off an offensive zone faceoff with 4.5 seconds left after a blown icing call on the Brahmas.

Shots on goal were 30-19 Amarillo, but the Brahmas had the lone power play goal going 1-4 while holding the Bulls to 0-4.

 

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

 

Corpus Christi at Topeka

Corpus Christi picked up a win in a wild one at the Kansas Expo Center. Santeri Hartikainen started the scoring with Kyle Moore adding a goal as the Icerays carried a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Topeka pulled even in the second scoring twice to a single goal by Mitchell Walinski before Nicholas Seitz and Jake Stella put the Icerays back up two. Once again the Pilots got back even, but Seitz and Kyle Moore scored to put it away. Brian George made 23 saves in the win.

 

Shreveport at Odessa

Odessa helped Lone Star out with a big win over the visiting Shreveport Mudbugs. Jack Conroy scored twice in the opening frame to set the stage for the night. Joseph Winkelmann added to the lead in the second before Shreveport finally got on the board. Winkelmann and Brendan Coughlin scored on either side of a Mudbugs goal in the third. Alex Camarre logged the win on 47 saves.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

y – Amarillo Bulls

50

37 7 3 3

80

Lone Star Brahmas

51

26 18 3 4

59

Shreveport Mudbugs

51

24 19 3 5

56

Corpus Christi IceRays

50

25 24 1 0

51

Topeka Pilots

50

18 25 2 5

43

Odessa Jackalopes

50

19 29 1 1

40

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