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Brahmas Down Bulls 5-3

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Brahmas forward Zach Purcell had a big night against Amarillo scoring


The Lone Star Brahmas closed out their weekend series against the Amarillo Bulls Saturday. Lone Star had taken game one 4-2 to run their season series record to 3-0-0-0 against Amarillo.

In what had to be one of the quickest if not the quickest opening goal in Brahmas’ history, Zach Purcell handed the home team a 1-0 lead. After winning the opening faceoff and cycling it behind their own goal, Andrew DeCarlo sent Nicholas Niemo flying up ice along the left wing. Niemo drew the Bulls’ Nick Martino to him then pushed it across to Purcell who went five hole on Max Gutjahr just 18 seconds into the contest. Just under two minutes later Alex Murray fired one on net from the near halfwall. Gutjahr knocked it down, but Niemo backhanded the rebound over the right skate at 2:13.


Photo courtesy Candice Bryan: Nicholas Niemo had four assists on the night to pad his team lead in scoring.

Amarillo got one back at the 8:17 mark one a rush up ice. Paul Schmid carried it into the zone then sent it back to Cooper Fensterstock at center. He found Jere Vaisanen trailing the play on the right wing with a saucer pass over the shaft of Ryan Drkulec for a redirect into the open net. Near the mid-point of the first the Bulls had a scramble in front in an effort to pull even, but Graham Burke denied Nick Stapleton’s point blank redirect shot to preserve the one goal lead. The Bulls got their game tying goal at the 19:00 minute mark skating on the power play. Tyler Sedlak was credited with the goal when he fired a sharp angle shot from the bottom of the near circle. Replay clearly showed the puck went off the cross bar then the far post and bounced all the way out to center ice.

Purcell pushed Lone Star back out front with his second of the night. On the play DeCarlo grabbed the puck in front of the penalty boxes and pushed it to Purcell in neutral ice. Purcell slid it to Niemo streaking into the zone and continued toward the front of the net for the return pass. As Gutjahr slid over to cover the near post Purcell went back across the grain just inside the far post at 9:29. The Purcell goal chased Gutjahr from net in favor of Cal Sandquist. Just as in the opening frame Lone Star scored again quickly. This time Joey Trazzera pushed it deep into the zone where Niemo pulled if off the end wall. His centering pass was right in the wheelhouse of DeCarlo in the high slot for a big onetimer. Sandquist was screened by his defenseman and never saw the puck until it was in the twine. Time of the goal was 11:40. Then at the 13:44 mark Isaiah Thomas pushed it out of the near corner to Nick Young at the halfwall. Young spun and sent the puck to Murray at the blueline for a slapper through traffic and past the glove hand of the Amarillo netminder.

Amarillo went on the man advantage at 7:26 of the third with a chance to try and claw their way back into the contest. With about a minute gone in the power play Casey Roepke sent the puck to Jase Sofo who pounded one through traffic and off Burke. Unfortunately for the Brahmas it bounced right to Vaisanen just off the near post for a quick put back at 8:24.

Lone Star out shot Amarillo 25-20 on the night but the Bulls held the upper hand on special teams play. Amarillo was 2-2 with the man advantage while the Brahmas were stymied on both their opportunities.  With the 5-3 win Lone Star pushed their record to 5-1-0-0 and extended their lead in the NAHL South to four point.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

New Mexico at Wichita Falls

Mac Wiseman opened the scoring with his second in as many nights to send the Warriors into the first intermission holding a 1-0 lead. Dillan Bentley had the only tally of the second to even things up and eventually send the game to overtime after a deadlocked third. Jackson Wozniak got the game winner for Wichita Falls 4:09 into the overtime frame. Ryan Ullan made 31 saves in a winning effort.

Shreveport at Odessa

After a scoreless first the Mudbugs jumped out to a three goal lead in the second. Braiden Dorfman got them started followed by a pair of Sean Bunting goals. Odessa did get on the board later in the frame to cut into the lead. Davis Goukler added a goal in the third with Bunting finishing off the hat trick with an empty netter with under a minute left to play then Chris Hedden finished it off with a second empty net goal. Cole Hudson made 25 saves in the win.


Current NAHL South Standings





Lone Star Brahmas


5 1 0 0


Shreveport Mudbugs


3 1 0 0


Odessa Jackalopes


3 3 0 0


Wichita Falls Warriors


2 2 0 2


New Mexico Ice Wolves


2 1 1 0


Amarillo Bulls


1 4 0 1


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