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Brahmas Come Up Short Against Warriors

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Alex Konovalov had 1G-1A for the Brahmas, but it was not enough as Lone Star fell to the Wichita Warriors 4-3 Saturday night.


The Brahmas kept pace in the NAHL South race Friday night by taking a 2-1 decision over the Wichita Falls Warriors at Kay Yeager Coliseum. With Lone Star trying to gain ground on division leading Shreveport the schedule had the four South Division playoff teams facing each other with the Brahmas once again in Wichita Falls and the Mudbugs hosting Amarillo.

After a scoreless first period in Wichita Falls the Warriors got out to a lead 32 minutes into the contest when Owen Baumgartner sent Nick Lanigan up the far wall. Lanigan carried it to the top of the leftwing circle and fired it glove side on Guy Blessing. Drew Vieten picked up the secondary assist on the play.

Just 20 seconds after going on their second power play of the night the Brahmas pulled even. Alex Konovalov fired a shot from the blueline that went off the shaft of a defender’s stick. Joey Trazzera managed to keep it in the zone at the near point then sent a cross ice pass to Joey Baez. Baez let go of a cannon blast from the right point into the twine behind Owen Bartoszkiewicz before he could react.

Wichita Falls would regain the lead at 17:25 with Cole Teleki sending a home run pass to Hunter Jones cherry picking at the Brahmas blueline. Jones quickly skated to the hashmarks and rifled it glove side popping the water bottle.

The Brahmas got the second power play goal of the night just xx seconds into the third on a carry over man advantage from late in the second. On the play Dawson Tritt took it in front of the Warriors bench and blew past Drake Usher. Tritt drove the near post before sending a backhanded centering pass to Konovalov who onetimed it over Bartoszkiewicz. Time of the goal was 0:20.

It didn’t take the Warriors long to respond off a faceoff to Blessings right. Vieten won it back to Lanigan who found Teleki in the high slot for a blast past Blessing at 2:13. A second faceoff from the same spot put the Warriors up two just 40 seconds later. This time Adisen Brueck won the draw to William Lawson-Body. He pushed it to Usher for a wrister through traffic and into the back of the net. The goal chased Blessing from net with Graham Burke coming on in relief.

The special teams came through for Lone Star once again with the Brahmas skating on the penalty kill. Nicholas Niemo forced a turnover in the Warrior’s zone and absorbed a check from Marcus Frantz along the endboards to get the puck free. Dylan Smith grabbed it pulled it out front and sent it five hole for the shorty to pull within one. Time of the goal was 12:27.

Nearing four minutes to play Wichita Falls looked to have a breakaway forming but Luke Beerman made a diving play to sweep the puck away from Joseph Harguindeguy who had gotten behind the defense.

Shots on goal were 24-19 in favor of the Brahmas and Lone Star won the special teams play going 2-3 with the man advantage as well as scoring a shorthanded goal. Unfortunately they lost on the scoreboard where it counts.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Amarillo at Shreveport

Shreveport picked up a 4-2 win with Giovanni Procopio scoring in the first followed by Joe Mack and Dawson Sciarrino in the second. After Amarillo pulled within one David Breazeale scored an empty netter. Arseniy Sergeev was in net for the win on 35 saves.

New Mexico at Odessa

Odessa got goals from Tyler German, Jack Musa and Joe Schubert in the first only to see New Mexico score the next three. Dayne Hoyord got the game winner for the Jackalopes at 12:45 of the third. Cooper Black faced 33 shots in the win.

Current NAHL South Standings

x – Shreveport Mudbugs 48 33 9 2 4 72
x – Lone Star Brahmas 49 33 15 1 0 67
x – Amarillo Bulls 49 26 15 3 5 60
x – Wichita Falls Warriors 48 25 16 1 6 57
New Mexico Ice Wolves 51 18 29 2 2 40
Odessa Jackalopes 49 12 32 2 3 29

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