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Lone Star Brahmas Down Jackalopes 5-1

Lone Star Brahmas Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Thomas Daskas and Mike Manzo line up for the opening draw as the Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes kicked off a three game set Friday night.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes opened a three game set at NYTEX Sports Centre of Friday night. It was a very different Jackalopes squad that took to the Shoebox ice from the one the Brahmas faced in early January.

Lone Star jumped out on top early with Malcolm Palmer picking up a loose puck atop the far circle and feeding it to Drew DeCarlo in the high slot for a wrister glove side on Zach Stern. Time of the goal was 1:41. Mitchell Digby pushed it to a two goal lead out of the media time out. Digby controlled the faceoff along the near halfwall and ripped one on net that went off the shaft of a defenseman’s stick and redirected past Stern at 13:07. Just 40 seconds later, DeCarlo sent CJ Walker behind the Odessa cage and he wrapped a backhander around the near post to make it 3-0.

Following a Lone Star icing the teams lined up for a faceoff to Ludvig Persson’s left. Jack Rudin won the draw to Isaiah Huempfner in the slot and he put the bouncing puck into the back of the net at 14:44.

The Brahmas used a bang-bang passing play at the 6:32 mark of the second to go up three. Josh Martin hit Matt Guerra with a stretch pass up the near side. Guerra slammed on the brakes and allowed the defense to clear then sent a cross ice pass to Michal Stinil for a onetimer from the top of the far circle. Stinil added a power play tally with 1:47 left in the middle frame. Lone Star was set up with the defensemen playing catch along the blueline. Stinil circle out to the red line then turned back up ice calling for the puck with the beaver tail. Digby handed it off to Stinil who fed it to Guerra at the bottom of the near circle. Stinil continued into the slot for the return pass and a onetimer past the left pad.

With 74 penalty minutes handed out in the third there was little flow to the game. With Odessa running out the clock Guerra stole the puck and set Stinil up for a backhander that snuck past the left skate as the horn sounded but it was waived off.

The Brahmas dominated play outshooting the Jackalopes 32-9. Lone Star scored the only power play goal going 1-5 while Odessa was 0-7.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Topeka at Amarillo

The Bulls outscored the Pilots 3-1 in the first with Devan Tongue netting a pair to go along with a Jordan Venegoni goal. They added two more in the second from Ty Black and Matt Allen. Black picked up his second of the night early in the third. Charlie Glockner picked up the win on 20 saves.

New Mexico at Corpus Christi

The IceRays went into the third trailing 1-0 but Logan Ommen found the back of the net at 10:33 to knot the score. After a scoreless overtime Ryan Coughlin, Evan Burkle and Evan Carroll scored in the six round shootout. Jeremy Forman made 30 saves through overtime and stopped four of six in the shootout to log the win.

Springfield at Shreveport

Shreveport got a first period goal from Matt Weber, one in the second from Alexis Girard. Warren Natyshak and Jacob Smith added third period goals on the way to a 4-3 win as Springfield scored an empty net power play goal as the horn sounded. Maiszon Balboa faced 17 shots on goal in picking up the win.

Current NAHL South Standings

GP W L OTL SOL PTS
x – Amarillo Bulls 45 35 7 1 2 73
x – Lone Star Brahmas 43 34 8 0 1 69
Shreveport Mudbugs 43 29 14 0 0 58
Topeka Pilots 43 27 13 1 2 57
Corpus Christi IceRays 46 14 26 3 3 34
New Mexico Ice Wolves 43 9 29 2 3 23
Odessa Jackalopes 42 8 32 1 1 18

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