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Lone Star Brahmas Fall To Bulls Once Again

Lone Star Brahmas - Joey Baez Photo courtesy of Hatley Studios: Joey Baez had the only goal for the Lone Star Brahmas as they dropped another one point decision to the Amarillo Bulls. The Brahmas have now lost five straight to the Bulls with four of them coming by a single goal.


The Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls opened a two-game series at NYTEX Sports Centre Friday. Amarillo had taken the first four games of the season series shutting down the Lone Star offensive attack with a neutral zone trap that left the Brahmas offense disjointed at best. It was only a strong Lone Star defense and goaltending that had kept them in three of the four games.

Devan Tonge opened the scoring at 6:33 of the first on an unassisted goal. He picked up the puck just inside the Bull’s defensive zone and headed the other way. Noah Roofe closed in for a backcheck but took an elbow to the chops from Tonge and the Amarillo forward continued in unabated on Cayden Bailey and fired one over the glove hand.

Nearing the 13:00 minute mark Matt Guerra just missed knotting the score when he circled off the far halfwall and pounded one off the near post behind Max Gutjahr.

A bad line change at 13:38 mark of the second left Sam Brennan and Matthew Rickard alone to defend a 4 on 2 rush by the Bulls. Matt Allen sent it from the near circle to Aaron White in the far circle and he found Jackson Boxer trailing the play. Boxer’s onetimer from the slot went past Bailey for a 2-0 Amarillo lead.

With the Brahmas skating on the power play to start the third, Nick Stapleton picked off a pass at the Amarillo blueline and went steaming down the ice all alone. Bailey stood tall to challenge the Bulls’ forward and kicked the shot aside to keep his team in the contest.

Dan Wildfong rolled the dice pulling Bailey with just short of five minutes left in the period. With the extra attacker, Rickard fired one on net from the blueline through traffic off Gutjahr. Evan Googins had a poke at it then Baez punched it in past the left skate at 16:56. Lone Star kept the pressure up the rest of the way but Gutjahr was up to the task making several big saves to preserve the one goal lead for the Bulls.

The loss dropped the Brahmas to 0-4-0-1 on the season against the Bulls and pulled Amarillo to within six points of Lone Star in the standings and Amarillo with four games in hand.

The Brahmas outshot the Bulls 26-22 due in large part to the extra attacker play down the stretch. Neither team could take advantage of the power play with Lone Star 0-3 and Amarillo 0-2.


Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

New Mexico at Corpus Christi

The Icerays won a tight one against the Ice Wolves in a four round shootout. New Mexico had the lone goal of the first, but Tod Philibert and Erik Bargholtz scored early in the second only to see the Ice Wolves tie it later in the frame. Ryan Coughlin scored just 53 seconds into the third, but once again New Mexico had the answer. After a scoreless overtime period it was Justin Thompson who scored the only shootout goal in the fourth round for the win. Jeremy Forman stopped 26 through regulation and all four in the shootout for the win.

Topeka at Odessa

Topeka fell behind one early before Dominic Sandoval and Austin McCarthy got the Pilots on the board. Vincent Corcoran and Kaiden Scott added goals in the second followed by another Jackalopes tally. Shawn Kennedy and McCarthy scored power play goals just 23 seconds apart in the third to blow the game open. McCarthy added another to complete the hat-trick at the 11:49 mark on the power play. Matthew Francois made it a six-goal lead for the Pilots with another power play goal. Guy Blessing picked up the win on 30 shots faced.


Current NAHL South Standings

Lone Star Brahmas 27 20 6 0 1 41
Amarillo Bulls 23 16 4 1 2 35
Shreveport Mudbugs 23 15 8 0 0 30
Topeka Pilots 25 14 9 1 1 30
Corpus Christi IceRays 28 12 11 2 3 29
Odessa Jackalopes 23 7 14 1 1 16
New Mexico Ice Wolves 25 4 19 0 2 10

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