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Brahmas Suffer Shootout Loss To Topeka

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Joey Baez had the Brahmas only goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Topela Pilots on Saturday night.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas closed out the road portion of their NAHL season against the Topeka Pilots on Saturday night. The Brahmas won a lopsided 6-2 contest on Friday night and were looking for the sweep in game two.

Lone Star took the lead at 7:17 of the opening frame on a beautiful give and go between Joey Baez and Tim Henriksson with Baez pushing it past the left skate of McLean Dorr. Zach Heintz picked up the secondary assist on the play. With 2:15 left in the first Max Finner and Noah Roofe came together behind the play and dropped the gloves. They traded rights then Finner landed a couple more right hands, but Roofe came back firing lefts landing five or six unanswered before the linesmen stepped in. Clear win for Roofe.

Topeka pulled even at 15:56 of the second on the power play. The Pilots were cycling the puck around the perimeter when Brendan Schultz redirected a Valdemar Ahlberg wrister from just off the far post. Finner also registered an assist on the play.

The third period saw a lot of end to end play with no scoring as the officials put the whistles in their pockets and let the teams play. The five minute three on three overtime also went by with no scoring leading to a shootout.

Austin McCarthy scored for Topeka in the second round going wide right and putting it just under the cross bar for. It was the first shootout goal allowed by Seth Eisele all season and only goal of the shootout.

Topeka outshot Lone Star 26-25 on the night and scored the only power play goal going 1-2 while the Brahmas were 0-4.

 

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Odessa at Shreveport

The Jackalopes and Mudbugs finished the first period tied 2-2 with Matt Weber and Carson Nichols scoring for Shreveport. Conor Witherspoon had the only goal of the second with Odessa knotting the score in the third. The game would eventually go to a shootout where CJ Regula would score the only goal in the third round. Leo Chuard picked up the win on 34 saves.

Corpus Christi at Amarillo

The game followed much the same pattern as on Friday night. Corpus Christi took a first period lead, but Jake Willets tied it up late in the first. Brendan West scored twice in the second along with Gabriel Seger and Ryan Lautenbach. In the third it was Jason Brancheau scoring twice with West completing the hat trick on an empty netter. Justin Evenson faced 40 shots on goal in the win.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

y – Amarillo Bulls

57

44 7 3 3

94

x – Lone Star Brahmas

58

29 21 3 5

66

x – Shreveport Mudbugs

58 28 21 4 5

65

Corpus Christi IceRays

57

26 28 2 1

55

Topeka Pilots

58

23 27 3 5

54

Odessa Jackalopes

58 21 34 1 2

45

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