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Lone Star Brahmas Push Win Streak To Five

Lone Star Brahmas defenseman Josh Martin scored the overtime game winner against the Corpus Christi Icerays to open the Brahmas home schedule. Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Lone Star Brahmas defenseman Josh Martin scored the overtime game winner against the Corpus Christi Icerays to open the Brahmas home schedule.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas opened their home schedule against the Corpus Christi Icerays Friday night at NYTEX Sports Centre. Lone Star came into the contest riding a four game win streak having completed the NAHL Showcase as the only team to win all four games in Blaine, MN.

However, it was the visiting Icerays who jumped out to a one goal lead at the 7:49 mark of the first after a pair of skaters lost an edge in the far corner to cough up the puck. Kyle Schroeder picked up the loose rubber and sent a cross ice pass to the near point where Tod Philibert fired it on net and Artur Turansky redirected it past a screened Ludvig Persson who did not see the puck until it was behind him.

With just over seven minutes to go in the frame CJ Walker found Will Stromp behind the defense for an odd man rush. The Plano native went barreling in on net and fired a shot on net that Jeremy Forman just managed to get the blocker on to knock it aside. Thanks to a Michael Krupinski roughing minor the Lone Star Brahmas went on a late power play. Matthew Rickard the reigning Bauer Hockey NAHL South Division Player of the Week got it going moving the puck from the near point to his defensive partner Sam Brennan on the left wing. Brennan found Walker anchored in front for a quick wrister past a sprawled Forman to knot the score at 1-1 going into the intermission. Time of the goal was 19:37.

A bad bounce off the penalty box door turned Corpus Christi loose on a two on one with Malcolm Palmer the only Brahma back. Shane Bull carried it down the far side and as Palmer moved to push him wide Bull found Evan Carroll trailing the play on the right wing for a onetimer glove side on Persson at the 12:45 mark.

The third period was a grind it out back and forth affair until just over six minutes to play when Sacha Guillemain took a pass from Jack Collins and lifted a backhander over Forman, off the crossbar and down. However, the officials waived it off despite the Brahmas’ celebration in the right wing circle. Lone Star just missed pulling even once again inside four minutes when Patriks Ozols had Forman beat glove side, but rang it off the post. With 2:21 to go Andrew DeCarlo and Noah Bull lined up for a faceoff to Forman’s right. DeCarlo won it cleanly back to Joey Baez for a big onetimer through traffic over the right pad for the equalizer.

In the overtime period the goalies were on point early with Persson making a couple big saves on open looks then Forman made a highlight reel glove save to absolutely rob Matt Guerra. Off the ensuing faceoff the Icerays had the puck going the other way when Josh Martin made a diving backhand swipe to get the puck to Decarlo just inside the blueline. DeCarlo outbattled two defenders then pushed it into the high slot for Martin streaking back into the play. The big defenseman blasted it inside the far post into the twine for the game winner.

The Lone Star Brahmas dominated the shots on goal battle 30-14 and scored the only power play goal on the night going 1-3 while holding the Icerays to 0-2. With the win the Brahmas pushed their win streak to open the season to five games.

The same two teams will meet again on Saturday at 7:30pm to close out the two game series.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at Amarillo

The Mudbugs and Bulls played nearly 57 minutes of scoreless hockey before Rais Francis broke the ice for Shreveport. With just 21 seconds remaining Amarillo was able to tie it up and force an eventual shootout. Alexis Girard had the only goal in the skills competition to give the Mudbugs the game winner. Maiszon Balboa made 42 saves on the night.

 

Topeka at Springfield

Topeka found themselves down 2-0 heading into the third period and the score remained that way until one minute left to play when Connor Zilisch finally got the Pilots on the board. That was the only goal they would score. Jakub Dobes took the loss allowing two goals on 18 shots faced.

 

Odessa at New Mexico

The Ice Wolves carried a 1-0 lead into the second period where Odessa scored three with Chace McCardle, Jake Vaughan and Connor Scahill notching the goals. New Mexico would score the next two goals to force overtime and an eventual shootout. Michael Sacco would net the only shootout goal and Aaron Randazzo stopped all three for the win for Odessa. New Mexico picked up their first point on the season with the shootout loss.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

GP W L OTL SOL PTS
Topeka Pilots 8 5 2 1 0 11
Lone Star Brahmas 5 5 0 0 0 10
Shreveport Mudbugs 7 5 2 0 0 10
Corpus Christi IceRays 7 3 1 1 2 9
Amarillo Bulls 4 2 1 0 1 5
Odessa Jackalopes 3 2 0 1 0 5
New Mexico Ice Wolves 7 0 6 0 1 1

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