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Lone Star Brahmas Come Up Short In Topeka

Lone Star Brahmas

The top two teams in the NAHL South faced of Friday night with the Lone Star Brahmas visiting the Topeka Pilots. Topeka held a one point lead in the division over Lone Star, but the Brahmas had two games in hand.

Topeka took the early lead just after the Brahmas had killed off a Pilots power play. Jordan Kovacs put a shot on net the Cayden Bailey kicked aside where Nick Nardecchia grabbed it and fired it back on net. Bailey once again made the save, but this time Quinn Green was camped at the top of the blue paint and backhanded the loose puck inside the far post at 8:36 of the first.

The Brahmas got it back to even when Stefan Miklakos bumped the puck from the end wall behind the Topeka cage to Will Stromp at the right hashmark. Stromp drew the defense then slid it to Noah Roofe all alone in the slot for a shot past Guy Blessing into the back of the net. Time of the goal was 17:55

Early in the second Patriks Ozols and Nardecchia were battling for the puck in the corner when Topeka forward grabbed the stick out of Ozols hand and threw it toward Bailey’s net. All this occurred right in front of Referee Patrick Jacobs, but his hand remained at his side as play went the other way.

With 8:08 left in the frame Thomas Daskas put a point blank shot on net then AJ Martinelli gave him a two hand cross check in the number. A crowd formed with Daskas and Martinelli grabbing ahold. Martinelli pushed Daskas earning two quick left jabs from the Brahmas forward. The two separated from the crowd with both trying to get an arm free to no avail and finally went to the ice. Daskas earned with win landing the only punches of the bout.

Topeka took advantage of a power play opportunity late in the second when Connor Zilisch redirected a Luc Salem shot over the right pad of Bailey. Austin McCarthy picked the second assist on the goal at 19:11.

It went to 3-1 Topeka approaching the midway mark of the third. Kyler Yeo sent Matthew Franncois behind the net and out the near side. Franncois found Kaiden Scott all alone between the circles for a onetimer five hole on Bailey at 9:10. Alexander Oberg sealed the deal with a shorthanded empty net goal from about 150 feet after picking up a loose puck along the near boards.

The Lone Star Brahmas won the shots on goal battle 23-17, but lost the special teams going 0-5 on the power play while allowing Topeka to go 1-4




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Corpus Christi at Amarillo

Jordan Venegoni pulled the Bulls even after the Icerays had jumped out to a one goal lead. Niclas Puikkonen had the only goal of the second to put Amarillo up for the first time. Lauri Sertti and Nick Trela added third period goals before Corpus Christi scored once again late. Mad Gutjahr picked up the win on 27 saves.

Shreveport at Odessa

Ben Thomas and Aeden Drossos staked the Jackalopes to a 2-0 lead through the first 20 minutes of play. Matt Hutton had the only goal of the second. Shreveport did their best to come back in the third scoring twice, but Odessa held on for the win. Aaron Randazzo logged the win making 32 saves.

Fairbanks at New Mexico

Still underway


Current NAHL South Standings




Topeka Pilots


13 4 1 1


Lone Star Brahmas


12 4 0 1


Shreveport Mudbugs


11 6 0 0


Corpus Christi IceRays


9 6 2 2


Amarillo Bulls


9 4 1 1


Odessa Jackalopes


6 8 1 1


New Mexico Ice Wolves


1 13 0 1


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