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Lone Star Brahmas Shake Amarillo Monkey

Lone Star Brahmas - Drew DeCarlo Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: Drew DeCarlo scored one of four goals for the Lone Star Brahmas in a 4-2 win over the Amarillo Bulls Saturday. With the win the Brahmas shook the Amarillo monkey off their backs winning for the fist time in six tries against the Bulls this season.



The Lone Star Brahmas faced their nemesis the Amarillo Bulls for the second night in a row Saturday on Teddy Bear Toss night. Amarillo has absolutely figured out the secret sauce against the Brahmas this season handing Lone Star five of their seven total losses.

In contrast to the way the previous five games had started, the Brahmas came out strong with the ice tilted toward the Amarillo end of the ice. Lone Star had several early opportunities that were turned aside by Max Gutjahr. Then at the 9:04 mark of the first, Will Stromp sent Stefan Miklakos deep down the left wing and went to the front for the return pass that he sent over Gutjahr with the backhand side of his blade.  As a result of the goal teddy bears littered the ice. It went to a 2-0 lead when Joey Baez picked up a puck in front of the Lone Star bench and went racing up ice. Eric Huss joined the rush driving the far post drawing the other defender to him allowing Baez to drop it for Thomas Daskas atop the near circle for a bomb past the glove hand of Gutjahr.

At 8:29 of the second, Matthew Rickard carried the puck behind Ludvig Persson’s net and sent the puck up to Baez in front of the penalty boxes. Baez found Evan Googins who had gotten behind the defense down the middle. Googins rifled it into the twine to push the lead to three.

Amarillo quickly had a response to the Googins goal. David Hill pushed the puck back to the near halfwall where Jordan Venegoni sent a pass through traffic to Matt Allen on the backdoor for the redirect. Time of the goal was 9:47. Moments later Devan Tongue had a point blank opportunity on the off side, but Persson recovered to make a blocker save directing the puck off the glass.

The Bulls cut the lead to one on the power play. Ty Black redirected a Noah Carlin shot from the blueline past a screened Persson. Time of the goal was 18:51.

Early in the third Dylan Smith battled three Amarillo defenders in the slot to win the puck back to Drew DeCarlo just off the near post and he pushed it into the open net at 2:55.

The Lone Star Brahmas finally found some offense against the Bulls and with the win got the Amarillo monkey off their backs. The win also pushed their lead over Amarillo in the NAHL South Division back to eight points.

Amarillo won the shots on goal battle 30-24 and had the only power play goal of the night going 1-5 while the Lone Star Brahmas were 0-3.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

New Mexico at Corpus Christi

After picking up a point with a shootout loss on Friday the Ice Wolves came out hitting on all cylinders Saturday. Alex Dominique and Keegan Langefels scored in the first to get it started. The teams traded goals in the second with Spencer Rudrud accounting for the New Mexico goal. Corpus Christi scored early in the third followed by goals from Tristan Rand, Zach Frisk and Philip Ekberg. Henrik Laursen made 24 saves in a winning effort.

Topeka at Odessa

After a scoreless first Kyler Yeo opened the scoring nearly four minutes into the second. After an Odessa tally Connor Zilisch scored late in the frame. Vinvent Corcoran added a power play goal at 13:17 of the third. Josh Langford picked up the win on 15 saves.


Current NAHL South Standings

Lone Star Brahmas 28 21 6 0 1 43
Amarillo Bulls 24 16 5 1 2 35
Topeka Pilots 26 15 9 1 1 32
Shreveport Mudbugs 23 15 8 0 0 30
Corpus Christi IceRays 29 12 12 2 3 29
Odessa Jackalopes 24 7 15 1 1 16
New Mexico Ice Wolves 26 5 19 0 2 12

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