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Lone Star Brahmas Perfect At NAHL Showcase

Michal Stinil had a goal and two assists in the Lone Star Brahmas 4-1 win over the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Knights. Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Michal Stinil had a goal and two assists in the Lone Star Brahmas 4-1 win over the Knights to go 4-0 at the NAHL Showcase.


The Lone Star Brahmas entered play against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Knights Saturday morning with an opportunity to finish the NAHL Showcase with a perfect record.

Just 4:00 minutes after the opening faceoff the Knights were whistled for a hooking minor putting the Brahmas on the man advantage. They set up in the zone moving the puck around the perimeter when Matthew Rickard sent the puck from the blueline to Matt Guerra in the left wing circle. Guerra found CJ Walker just off the near post for a redirect into the back of the net at 4:18.

With right at five minutes to go in the frame Tyrone Bronte got behind the defense and went barreling in on net. Cayden Bailey seeing his first action of the season flashed out the left pad to kick the shot to the endbords.

Early in the second and the Lone Star Brahmas skating on the power play, Guerra picked it up in the defensive zone and headed up ice on the far side. Once in neutral ice he cut to the near side through three defenders driving to the left post before pushing it back to Rickard at the top of the paint for a redirect past Alex Contey at 2:58. At 11:41 the Knights went down two men and it took Lone Star only 16 seconds to cash in. Walker fed the puck from the near point to Guerra at the halfwall. Guerra walked it out to the high slot then slid it across to Michal Stinil in the far circle for a big onetimer into the twine. The Lone Star Brahmas special teams went back to work late in the frame. Stinil sent a cross ice pass from the rightwing circle to Guerra who fired it on net. Walker got the stick blade on it to deflect it past Contey for the four goal lead with 1:39 left to play.

Lone Star killed off 40 seconds of a 5 on 3 power play for the Knights early in the third. Soon after the first penalty had expired, Bailey made a big push across the goal mouth to seal off the near post turning aside a backdoor shot.

Bailey’s shutout bid came to an unfortunate end with just 1:43 left in regulation when Lincoln Hatten centered the puck to Nikita Asylaev from behind the cage. Bailey got most of the onetimer, but it snuck through and dribbled across the goal line for a power play goal.

The Lone Star Brahmas led in shot on goal 23-15 and they were 4 for 6 on the power play while holding the Knights to 1 for 6.

With the win the Brahmas closed out the NAHL Showcase without a blemish on their record. The Brahmas will open their home schedule on September 27 as they welcome the Corpus Christi Icerays into NYTEX Sports Centre.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Jamestown at Topeka

It took 65 minutes and six shooters in a shootout to determine the winner of the game. After skating through a scoreless regulation and overtime five shooters in the shootout were denied setting the stage for Shawn Kennedy to win if for the Pilots as the final shooter. Jakub Dobes picked up the win in net on 12 saves.


New Jersey at New Mexico

The Ice Wolves suffered a 5-2 defeat to go winless in the Showcase. Shamil Khadizhalov and Jackson Wille accounted for New Mexico’s goals while Josh Graziano took the loss despite 27 saves.


Corpus Christi at Springfield

Springfield scored just over 16 minutes into the game and that was all they would need as the Icerays failed to get on the board. Jeremy Forman took the loss on 14 shots faced.


Shreveport at Minnesota (Wilderness)

In their final pairing of the Showcase the Mudbugs were handed a 3-0 shutout loss by the Wilderness. Minnesota scored one in the second and two in the third to take the win. Parent, Richie made 26 saves in a losing effort.


USNTDP at Amarillo

The Bulls scored three of the first four goals of the game on their way to a 4-2 win. Brendan Blair potted one in the first followed by goals from Nick Trella and Linus Udd Hellgren in the second before USNTDP could put up their first. Lauri Sertti quicly squashed any thought of a comeback as Amarillo took a three goal lead into the third. The USNTDP scored with just under two minutes to play but it was too little too late. Max Gutjahr was credited with the win on 18 saves.

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