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Lone Star Brahmas Drop Another To Amarillo

Lone Star Brahmas' Sam Brennan Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Sam Brennan had the Lone Star Brahmas only goal in a 2-1 loss to the Amarillo Bulls.

The Lone Star Brahmas took to the Amarillo Civic Center ice looking to rebound from their first loss of the season Friday night.

Lone Star got on the board first on the power play with 2:55 left in the first. They were cycling the puck along the blueline when Sam Brennan sent it from the near point to CJ Walker at the far side. As soon as he sent the puck across Brennan made his way down to the near hashmark. Walker fed it down to Michal Stinil below the goal line on the far side and he hit Brennan on the backdoor for the one timer past Max Gutjahr.

At 19:43 Jonathan Young swiped the puck just outside the Bull’s blueline and went streaking in on goal. Cayden Bailey came out to cut down the angle and wore the shot off the shoulder to send it into the first intermission with the Lone Star Brahmas holding a 1-0 lead.

Noah Carlin pulled Amarillo even at the 5:07 mark of the second sending a shot through traffic past a screened Bailey. Nick Stapleton had the assist on the play.

Nearing the midpoint of the frame the Bulls had a three on one forming, but Matthew Rickard made a diving sweep of the stick to dislodge the puck from Niclas Puikkonen to thwart the scoring chance. Moments later Malcolm Palmer and Devan Tongue took Bailey out as Palmer tried to ride the Bulls forward wide. The puck jumped back to Jack Mesic at the near point for a quick wrister toward the gaping net. However, Bailey recovered quickly and dove head long across the goal mouth to make a huge glove save and rob Mesic.

Things were back and forth in the third and with right at seven minutes to go a bouncing puck gave Amarillo three point blank chances, but Bailey was up to the task turning aside all three.

A penalty to XX late put Amarillo on the power play where Nick Trella received a pass low on the left wing and rifled one on net that Bailey got a blocker on. The rebound went off a body and bounced right back to Trella who lifted it over the sprawled netminder at 16:24 to give the Bulls the lead.

For the second night in a row the Bulls held the shots on goal advantage 41-20. The Brahmas were 1-3 on the power play and the Bulls 1-4.

After opening the season with eight straight wins, the Brahmas have now dropped two in a row and will now travel to Albuquerque to face off against the New Mexico Ice Wolves in a Sunday afternoon contest.

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Odessa at Corpus Christi

The Jackalopes got a first period goal from Nick Kiemel and another in the second from Vilo Saariluoma to down the Icerays 2-1. Aaron Randazzo logged the win on 19 saves.

Shreveport at Topeka

Sam Miller and David Breazeale scored either side of a Topeka goal to give Shreveport a 2-1 lead at the end of one. Jack Smiley and Timofei Kokhlachev added insurance goals in the third as Richie Parent stopped 23 of the 24 he faced.

Current NAHL South Standings

GP W L OTL SOL PTS
Topeka Pilots 14 9 4 1 0 19
Corpus Christi IceRays 14 8 3 1 2 19
Lone Star Brahmas 10 8 2 0 0 16
Shreveport Mudbugs 12 7 5 0 0 14
Amarillo Bulls 10 6 3 0 1 13
Odessa Jackalopes 10 4 4 1 1 10
New Mexico Ice Wolves 10 0 9 0 1 1

 

 

 

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