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Brahmas Avoid Sweep With 2-1 Win

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Luke Johnson scored twice to provide the Brahmas all the offense they would need in a 2-1 win over the Odessa Jackalopes. The St. Cloud, MN native picked up his NAHL leading fourth game winning goal in the process.

 

Saturday night the Brahmas took to the ice against the Odessa Jackalopes hoping to pick up their first win of the weekend. Odessa had handed Lone Star their first back-to-back losses of the season and the Brahmas needed to rebound in order to salvage a three point weekend.

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Photo courtesy David Dudich: Grahmas Burke logged his 10th win of the season allowing only a power play goal in the 2-1 win.

For the first time in the three-game series the Brahmas held a lead after opening the scoring early in the first. Andrew DeCarlo battled former Brahma Nick Siffringer in the far corner to free the puck for Nicholas Niemo. He skated the puck behind the net and just before passing the far post pushed it out front to Luke Johnson for a onetimer over the left pad of Noah Rupprecht. Time of the goal was 2:37.

Johnson picked up his second of the night on the power play at 2:42 of the second. Mitchell Digby got it started blasting a shot from the far point off the Jackalopes netminder. Niemo at the far hashmark backhanded the rebound to Johnson on the backdoor for a wrister into the twine.

Just moments after the major penalty on Odessa expired, the Brahmas were whistled for a major penalty giving the Jackalopes a five minute power play of their own. Early in the kill a wicked bounce off the endwall put the puck on the tape of Aidan Cobb just off the near post. Graham Burke made a big diving save to smother the Odessa scoring chance. At the 6:08 mark Adam Kolcon put the puck to the near halfwall where Dayne Hoyord grabbed it and fired it on net. Tyler German was right on the doorstep to redirect it past Burke and cut the lead in half. Odessa also had another 4:16 of power play to work with.

Lone Star killed off the balance of the major penalty then with 8:35 left TJ Koufis broke through on a rush. He drove to the goal mouth and tried to go five hole, but Rupprecht just managed to close the pads.

Both teams would have scoring opportunities in the third, but strong play in the nets would keep the score at 2-1. With the win the Brahmas avoided the sweep to make the long ride back to North Richland Hills a little more bearable.

Lone Star held a 32-23 shots on goal advantage while both teams cashed in on the power play with the Brahmas 1-5 and the Jackalopes 1-3.

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Current NAHL South Standings

South Division GP W L OTL SOL PTS
Lone Star Brahmas 19 14 4 1 0 29
Shreveport Mudbugs 12 9 1 1 1 20
Odessa Jackalopes 14 6 6 2 0 14
Wichita Falls Warriors 11 4 4 1 2 11
Amarillo Bulls 11 4 5 1 1 10
New Mexico Ice Wolves 13 3 9 1 0 7

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