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Brahmas Photo Courtesy of Candice Bryan: Guy Blessing picked up his first win as a Brahma and Lone Stars' first shutout of the season in his first start of the season. Blessing stopped all 35 shots that came his way to help the Brahmas move back into first place in the NAHL South.


The Lone Star Brahmas rolled into Hirsch Coliseum Friday night looking for a rebound after being swept at home last weekend by the Shreveport Mudbugs. With the two losses the Brahmas had fallen behind the Mudbugs in the NAHL South Division.

The highlight of the first came with right at three minutes to play in the frame. Lone Star turned it over in the near corner of their own zone leaving Matt Vermaeten all alone in front for a quick shot. Guy Blessing made the save but Dawson Sciarrino was right there to jump on the rebound and send it back on net. Blessing made a dive across to make a huge glove save.

With 25 ticks left on the clock Billy Feczko went high on Fredrick Paine leaving the Brahmas’ defenseman prone on the ice for an extended period. Feczko was sent to the showers with a five minute head contact major and game misconduct.

At 3:57 of the second and the Brahmas skating on the power play, Mitchell Digby dug the puck out of a puck battle along the far halfwall. Andrew DeCarlo skated it to the high slot and sent it over Cole Hudson’s shoulder and just inside the right elbow for a 1-0 lead.

At the 11:29 mark Griffen Sanom pulled it off the end board and centered it to Garrett Steele in the high slot for a quick wrister past Blessing. However, Sean Bunting was in Blessing’s lap at the time drawing a goalie interference and wiping out the Steele goal.

At 5:29 of the third Caige Sterzer swiped the puck away from Sciarrino in the near circle. Blake Benson fired it on net with Hudson making the stop. Sterzer followed the shot to poke the rebound into the net pushing the Brahmas lead to two. Then at 13:02 with the Brahmas down a man, DeCarlo stole the puck in the Brahmas’ zone and went flying up ice. He side stepped Bunting just after crossing the blueline and rifled it past Hudson for a shorthanded goal.

Blessing picked up Lone Star’s first shutout of the season stopping all 35 shots that came his way. The win pushed the Brahmas back into first place in the NAHL South two points ahead of the Mudbugs.

Shreveport won the shots on goal battle 35-27, but the Brahmas prevailed with special teams going 1-6 on the power play while holding the Mudbugs scoreless on six opportunities.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

New Mexico at Amarillo

Jordan Venegoni scored the only goal of the first to send Amarillo into the first intermission with a one goal lead. After New Mexico tied it up early in the second Ryan Coughlin put the Bulls back up one. Nick Martino added to the Amarillo lead in the third, but the Ice Wolves clawed their way back to knot the score at 3-3 where it stayed through the third and overtime. Cooper Fensterstock scored the only goal of the shootout in the fourth round for the game winner. Cal Sandquist picked up the win on 22 saves.

Wichita Falls at Odessa

The Warriors scored three times in the first with Adisen Brueck, Carter Korpi and Drew Vieten doing the damage. Thomas Weis added an empty netter in the third for the 4-0 final. Owen Bartoszkiewicz recorded the shutout win on 25 saves.


Current NAHL South Standing





Lone Star Brahmas


19 8 1 0


Shreveport Mudbugs


17 4 2 1


Amarillo Bulls


12 6 2 1


Wichita Falls Warriors


10 8 1 3


Odessa Jackalopes


7 14 2 1


New Mexico Ice Wolves


6 15 1 1


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