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Brahmas Win With 4 Unanswered Goals

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Defenseman Tim Henriksson scored the first of Lone Stars' four unanswered goals as the Brahmas came from one down to defeat the Corpus Christi Icerays 4-1 Friday night at the American Bank Center.


The Lone Star Brahmas made the last trip of the regular season to the Gulf Coast to take on the Corpus Christi Icerays. Lone Start entered the series in second place in the NAHL South looking to pad their lead over the third place Shreveport Mudbugs.

A defensive zone turnover by the Brahmas led to the Icerays taking the early lead. Jake Stella picked up the loose puck atop the leftwing circle and fed it across to Mitchell Walinski crashing the backdoor. Time of the goal was 6:18.

The first penalty of the contest came at the 13:31 mark of the first with Frank Trazzera called for roughing after he stood up for Michal Stinil who was body slammed in the near corner by Kyle Gudme with no whistle. Trazzera challenged Gudme who declined and Lone Star killed off the ensuing man advantage.

The Brahmas’ got their first power play with just under four minutes left and continued their hot hand against Corpus Christi. Lone Star entered the weekend with a power play hitting at 25.9% against Corpus Christi on the season. At the 17:49 mark, Trazzera pulled the puck out of a crowd below the endline and used the boards to push it up to Trevor Wilhelm at the near point. Wilhelm sent a cross ice pass to his D partner and Tim Henriksson pounded a onetimer past Brian George to knot the score at 1-1.

The Brahmas took their first lead of the night after an extended period with the Icerays in the attacking zone. Henriksson got it started one handing it off the boards to Trazzera in neutral ice in front of the benches. He and Matt Guerra headed toward the other end of the ice on an odd man rush. Andrei Golikov dropped to take the shooting lane away from Trazzera who saucered a pass across to Guerra being worked over with the stick by Santeri Hartikainen. Guerra was able to control the puck despite the efforts of Hartikainen and put it fivehole on George at 11:55. Nick Siffringer made it 3-1 Lone Star after taking a pass from Noah Roofe at the blueline. Siffringer took it toward the cage then slammed on the brakes at the top of the rightwing circle allowing defenseman Tyler Love to fly by then cut toward the middle and ripped it blocker side with exactly one minute left to play. Blake Evennou was also credited with an assist on the play.

Lone Star clamped down on things in the third setting on the two goal lead. The Icerays pulled George for the extra attacker with just over three minutes left. The Brahmas had a couple of opportunities, but could not score until Evennou pulled the puck off the boards in his own end and fired it the length of the ice into the open net at 19:35.

After allowing the early goal to Walinski, Seth Eisele stopped everything that was sent his way making 31 saves on the night for his 15th win on the season.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Topeka at Shreveport

Once again the Brahmas got help from a team behind them in the standings with the Topeka Pilots picking up a 2-1 overtime win over the Mudbugs. Matthew Francois scored for Topeka in the first and would be the only goal they would get in regulation. However, the Mudbugs would manage only a single goal as well setting up overtime where Austin McCarthy scored the winner just 57 seconds into the extra frame. McLean Dorr recorded the win on 32 saves.


Odessa at Amarillo

Logan Jenuwine logged a hat trick on the night to add to his league scoring lead. Jenuwine and Alex Peterson scored in the first as the Bulls took a two goal lead into the second. Jenuwine added two in the second then Cooper Fensterstock found the back of the net before Odessa got their first of the night. The Jackalopes scored once more in the third, but could pull no closer as Brett Abdelnour and Gabriel Seger would score for Amarillo pushing the lead to five. Jason Grande stopped 20 on the way to his 20th win of the season.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

y – Amarillo Bulls 52 39 7 3 3 84
Lone Star Brahmas 53 27 19 3 4 61
Shreveport Mudbugs 53 24 20 4 5 57
Corpus Christi IceRays 52 25 25 2 0 52
Topeka Pilots 52 20 25 2 5 47
Odessa Jackalopes 52 20 29 1 1 42