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Team NAHL Rebounds For 3-2 Win Over Red Bull Salzburg

Photo courtesy of NAHL: Number 21 Nick Trella of the Amarillo Bulls scored the first goal of the game against Red Bull Salzburg as Team NAHL evened their record at the Sirius Junior World Cup with a 3-2 win.

Team NAHL took to the ice at Shayba Arena in Sochi, Russia against Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey League for game two of the Sirius Ice Hockey World Cup. Team NAHL suffered a 5-1 loss to Oulun Karpat in their first contest while Red Bull Salzburg came in following a 6-1 win over HC Ocelari Trinec of the Czech Extraliga.

Team NAHL jumped out to a one goal lead in the first with the teams skating four on four. Nick Trela (Amarillo Bulls) carried the puck into the far corner before sending it back to Tyler Love (Corpus Christi Icerays) at the halfwall. Love sent a low wrister on net that Christopher Kolarz stopped with the pads, but Trella had gone to the front and lifted the rebound just under the crossbar for a South Division connection. Time of the goal was 15:05.

Killian Kiecker-Olson (Chippewa Steel) scored on the power play off a tremendous personal effort early in the second to extend the Team NAHL at 2:55 of the second. Kiecker-Olson had a backdoor shot that went off a Red Bull stick never making it to the net. Kiecker-Olson from his knees was able to dig the puck out of a crowd in front. After bouncing back to his skates he stick handled to the crease then put it over the glove hand of Kolarz. Red Bull went on an extended 5 on 3 power play moments later, but the Team NAHL PK sold out blocking shot after shot. Just as the second penalty was ending the puck was cleared the length of the ice. Jack Conroy (Odessa Jackalopes) went flying down the ice to beat everyone to the puck and sent it up the near boards where Billy Feczko (Shreveport Mudbugs) grabbed it carried toward center then sent a laser bar down over the blocker for another South Division connection at 7:21.

Red Bull got on the board with a 2 on 1 rush up the ice. Martin Hlozek pushed it up the left wing with Brody Medeiros (New Jersey Titans) back to defend. Medeiros forced Hlozek wide, but he sent a pass across to defenseman Pontus Englund trailing for a quick wrister past Jack Williams (Springfield Jr. Blues) to cut the lead to two with 11:33 left in the frame.

With right at 13 minutes to go in the third, Max Tjernstrom found himself all alone in the high slot with the puck on his tape. Tjernstrom rifled one on net, but Williams flashed out the left pad to kick it to the corner and preserve the two goal lead. However, just past the mid-point of the frame Luka Nyman pulled the puck off the near halfwall to center and sent it on net. Williams mad the initial save, but the clearing attempt went off a body right to Robert Arrak in the high slot and he immediately sent it back on net beating the prone Team NAHL netminder.

Red Bull outshot Team NAHL 22-21 on the evening, but Team NAHL had the only power play opportunity of the contest.

Team NAHL will next face HC Ocelari Trinec as they wrap up Pool B play. With a win over Trinec Team NAHL would be in position to take second place in the Pool and advance to the Semi-Finals. They would need some help from Karpat in their match up against Salzburg to secure that spot.



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