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Lone Star Brahmas Lackluster In Loss To IceRays

Lone Star Brahmas Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: The Lone Star Brahmas could just not get anything going offensively in their 2-1 loss to the Corpus Christi IceRays Friday night at the Shoebox.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas opened their weekend series against the Corpus Christi IceRays looking to extend a 14 game win streak, but were out of sync all night.

The opening 20 minutes of play was a bit disjointed with a lot of turnovers and missed opportunities.

With 4:30 gone in the first the IceRays recorded their first shot on net. Ben Biester found the puck about six feet from the near post and ripped it on net but Ludvig Persson made a big glove save. After making the save Persson was drilled by Logan Ommen drawing the first penalty of the contest. Despite a couple of really good looks the Brahmas were unable to convert with the man advantage.

With 2:40 left in the frame Joey Baez, the NAHL leading goal scorer, made a big move to the high slot and pounded one off the crossbar.

All season long the Brahmas have totally dominated the second period of play, but on this evening they could not get anything going.

Early on Persson stoned Nathan Mann with a toe save on a backdoor opportunity.  Then just past the 15:00 minute mark of the second the IceRays went racing up ice on a 2 on 1 rush. Ethan Benz rifled one on net the Persson made another big save on. Corpus Christi outshot Lone Star 11-9 in the period and had the far better scoring chances.

Corpus Christi broke through 1:18 into the third when Alberto Pison sent Benz into the zone deep on the far side and he slid it back out front for Tyler Orban who has tailing to punch under Persson. The IceRays made it 2-0 with Stephan Kyrkostas sending a diagonal cross ice breakout pass to Evan Carroll down the near side. Joey Trazzera went down to take away the shooting lane. So Carroll saucered it across to the trailer Ryan Coughlin for the redirect past the left pad of Persson at the 3:53 mark.

Lone Star was finally able to get something going on the power play. Evan Googins sent the puck from low on the leftwing to Mitchell Digby up top. Digby found his D-partner, Sam Brennan, at the near point for a big onetimer through traffic past Jeremy Forman into the back of the net at 4:51. Unfortunately for the Lone Star faithful the Brahmas disjointed night continued the rest of the way.

The Brahmas took the shots on goal battle 29-22 and had the night’s only power play goal going 1-4 while Corpus Christi was 0-1.

 

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Springfield at Topeka

The Pilots held a 2-0 leading entering the second on goals from Quinn Green and Connor Zilisch but gave it away with Springfield scoring two in the second. After the Jr Blues went up one early in the third Nick Nardecchia and Alexander Oberg put Topeka back on top. The lead was short lived as Springfield came back to tie it up late in the third then won it in overtime. Josh Langford took the loss facing 26 shots on goal.

Amarillo at Shreveport

After giving up a third period lead to drop their contest Thursday the Bulls rebounded for a big win in game two of their series. Niclas Puikkonen and Nick Trela scored for Amarillo in the first to take a 2-1 lead. The teams traded goals in the second with Matt Allen accounting for the Amarillo tally. Noah Carlin and Ty Black scored on either side of a Shreveport goal in the third for the 5-3 win. Max Gutjahr picked up the win on 14 saves.

Odessa at New Mexico

The Ice Wolves got goals in the first and second from Brandon Holt and Keegan Langefels. After Odessa scored early in the third to cut the lead to one. Griffen Sanom ran off two goals for New Mexico whild Laursen Henrik slammed the door making 23 saves.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

 

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

x – Amarillo Bulls

48

36 8 1 3

76

x – Lone Star Brahmas

46

36 9 0 1

73

x – Shreveport Mudbugs

46

31 15 0 0

62

Topeka Pilots

45

28 13 2 2

60

Corpus Christi IceRays

48

15 26 3 4

37

New Mexico Ice Wolves

45

11 29 2 3

27

Odessa Jackalopes

45 8 35 1 1

18

 

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