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Brahmas Sweep Jackalopes, Move Into 2nd

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Jake Suede opened the scoring for the Lone Star Brahmas in the first against the visiting Odessa Jackalopes. The Brahmas went on to a 4-1 win and weekend sweep moving into second place in the NAHL South Division.

 

The Lone Star Brahma took to NYTEX Sports Centre Ice Saturday against the Odessa Jackalopes with a chance to take over second place in the NAHL South Division. Win and the Brahmas would move into second one point ahead of the idle Shreveport Mudbugs.

Jake Suede put Lone Star on the board late in the first with a big individual effort. Odessa had the puck deep in their own zone as the Brahmas changed behind the play. Kellen Tharaldson was pressured in the far corner by Clayton Lackey and was forced to give the puck up to Davis Browning behind the cage. Suede who had just come off the bench circled behind the net with speed and lifted Browning’s stick as he tried to clear the puck. The Brahmas’ forward jumped on the loose puck in the bottom of the near circle and rifled it over the left shoulder of Kade Phipps at 13:56.

The Jackalopes came right back with a broken play leading to Michael Sacco finding Tharaldson streaking into the zone for a quick shot through traffic and past Seth Eisele blocker side as he was crossed up on the shot. Joseph Winkelmann picked up the secondary assist on the goal at 15:15

After an early second period icing call on the visitors the teams lined up for a draw in the far circle. Matt Guerra pushed the puck forward then corralled it along the endwall. He skated it out the near side and hit Michal Stinil in front with a pass. Stinil’s shot was kicked aside by Phipps to Frank Trazzera who put it right back on net. The puck went off a body in front and with Phipps on the seat of his pants Stinil grabbed it and pushed it just inside the near post at the 1:01 mark.

At 10:31 of the frame Matt Hutton was carrying the puck up the far wall and just as he reached the Lone Star Blueline he was sent flat of his back on a huge open ice hit by Josh Martin. Hutton took exception to a clean hit and went after Martin only to catch a big right hand and go back to the ice with Martin on top of him.

The Lone Star lead went to 3-1 off another right wing draw. Guerra pulled it back and saw the puck bounce to the near halfwall where Trazzera secured it. The Brahmas’ Captain pulled it off the wall with a backhander to Stinil atop the near circle for a blast through traffic into the twine at 14:40.

Fireworks erupted just seconds into the third with the puck sent into the far corner and ringed around Carter Wade and Gabe Potyk were exchanging words going into the near corner. Once the puck passed the gloves came off and they tied up. Wade got the right loose and landed one over Potyk’s left shoulder. They tied up some more before Potyk got Wade bent over and started firing rights into the back of his head before Wade went to the ice.

Off the ensuing faceoff Hutton gave Nick Siffringer a two handed cross check. Siffringer discarded the gloves and grabbed Hutton landing two rights. Hutton came back with a couple of his own before Siffringer landed another then both players went to the ice trying to get a hand free.

Things settled down physically and play went back and forth for several minutes. Odessa pulled Phipps for the extra attacker trying to get back into the contest. At the 17:40 mark Martin sent a pass off the far corner in the defensive zone to Zach Heintz. He skated it into neutral ice then sent it into the empty net.

Lone Star also won the shots on goal battle 31-24 and both teams were 0-1 on the power play.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Amarillo at Topeka

The Bulls completed their sweep of the Pilots Saturday jumping out to a 3-0 through one period. Gabriel Seger got it started then Logan Jenuwine scored tow in the span of 1:17. Jenuwine scored his third of the night with only tally of the second. Topeka finally got on the board with two in the third, but Ryan Lautenbach split the Pilots goals with one of his own. Justin Evenson picked up the win on 26 saves.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

y – Amarillo Bulls

49

37 6 3 3

80

Lone Star Brahmas

50

25 18 3 4

57

Shreveport Mudbugs

50

24 18 3 5

56

Corpus Christi IceRays

49

24 24 1 0

49

Topeka Pilots

49

18 24 2 5

43

Odessa Jackalopes

49

18 29 1 1

38

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