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Lone Star Brahmas Spot Brown Bears Two, Recover For OT Win

The Lone Star Brahmas' Andrew DeCarlo scored the overtime game winner. Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Andrew DeCarlo netted the overtime game winner to push the Lone Star Brahmas' record to 2-0-0-0 on the season.

The Lone Star Brahmas faced off against the Kenai River Brown Bears Thursday night during day two of the NAHL Showcase in Blaine Minnesota. Both teams had picked up points on Wednesday with the Brown Bears dropping a 3-2 Shootout decision to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights while the Brahmas held on for a 5-4 win over the defending Robertson Cup Champion Aberdeen Wings.

The contest got off to a rough start for Lone Star with them giving Kenai River a two goal first period lead. The first goal came off a defensive zone turnover by Daunte Fortner that left Ryan Reid alone atop the far circle with the puck on his stick. Reid found Porter Schachle cutting across the goal mouth and he lifted a backhander over Ludvig Persson at the 6:49 mark of the first. At 16:03, one second after a Lone Star penalty kill expired Zach Krajnik drove the far post. Persson got across to take away the shooting lane forcing Krajnik behind the goal and he sent it out the other side to Theo Thrun for a onetimer before Persson could recover.

The Brahmas finally got on the board with 5:11 left in the second. Noah Roofe got it started pulling a draw back to Josh Martin at the near point for a blast on net. Jack Collins redirected the puck down and through the wickets of CJ Hapward to cut the Kenai River lead in half.

At 7:45 of the third a puck battle in the far corner resulted in the puck bouncing out to the circle where Thomas Daskas picked it up. Daskas took it deep then centered it to Joey Baez in the slot for a onetimer stick side and a new game. With just 55 seconds to go, Laudon Poellinger broke through the Lone Star defense on an odd man rush. Matthew Rickard got on his horse using the angle to chase down Poellinger and make a diving poke check to push the puck to the end boards. The balance of the third clicked off the clock with neither team able to dent the scoreboard sending the game to overtime.

Kenai River went into the overtime on a 4 on 3 power play for the first 1:45 thanks to the carry over of a too many men penalty late in the third. Lone Star was able to kill off the penalty picking up some momentum in the process. An icing call that went against Kenai River put the faceoff to Hapward’s left. Andrew DeCarlo pulled the draw back to Rickard then circled back for the return pass. The veteran forward skated to the top of the near circle and sent a sneaky wrister low glove side for the game winner at 2:57 of the extra frame.

The Brahmas held a 12 shot advantage in shots on goal at 35-23. Neither team took advantage of their power play opportunities with Lone Star 0-4 and Kenai River 0-7 including a 38 second 5 on 3.

Friday will see the Lone Star Brahmas match up against the Bismarck Bobcats at 4:00 pm Central Standard Time.



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Corpus Christi at Chippewa

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New Jersey at Shreveport

The Mudbugs suffered their first loss in four tries this season. Warren Natyshack put Shreveport up one in the first before New Jersey erased the lead with two goals of their own. The Generals added another in the second for the 3-1 final. Richie Parent was saddled with the loss in net on 25 shots.

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