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Brahmas Drop 4-1 Decision To Warriors

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Blake Benson scored the Brahmas lone goal in a 4-1 loss to the visiting Wichita Falls Warriors. The third period of the contest was marred by a melee that resulted in 132 penalty minutes being handed out.

The Brahmas returned from the Christmas break opening a home and home at NYTEX Sports Centre with the Wichita Falls Wildcats. Lone Star looked to be a bit rusty coming out of the break.

Just 1:03 into the contest the Warriors took the lead after Mitchell Digby lost an edge leading to a turnover deep in Brahmas territory. Owen Baumgartner jumped on the puck and sent it to William Lawson-Body in the near circle for a wrister on net. Rico Dimatteo made the initial save, but the rebound jumped out to Ryan Robinson at the far hash mark for a quick put back.

At the 13:37 mark the Brahmas had a response when Blake Benson carried the puck from the Lone Star end of the ice down the far boards into the Warrior’s zone before cutting toward center. He sent a backhand pass to Bielke trailing the play for a shot from the far circle. Owen Bartoszkiewicz made the initial save, but the rebound was there for Benson who had continued to the front to slam into the twine.

Brahmas

During the third period brawl the Warriors had six players involved in the melee which was missed by the officials in the confusion,

Lone Star went on the first power play of the night and had some opportunities but failed to score. Just as the penalty ended Digby sent an across ice pass to Nicholas Niemo. However, Baumgarnter came out of the box and jumped the pass and turning up ice. Digby tried to cut him off but the Warriors defenseman pushed the puck between Digby’s skates and drive the net to fire it glove side on DiMatteo with eight ticks left on the clock.

Wichita Falls added to their lead at 10:50 of the second on a broken play in front with the puck bouncing around Hunter Jones used a Drew Vieten screen to put one just under the crossbar. Thomas Weis and Jackson Wozniak were credited with assists on the play. It went to 4-1 at the 19:19 mark. Cole Teleki sent it to the end boards for Robinson to center to Vincent Corcoran who put it over the glove of DiMatteo.

With 12:47 to go in regulation Dylan Smith and Mac Wiseman dropped the gloves in front of the Brahmas bench. Smith landed two right hooks early then Wiseman got in a good left. The combatants tied up but Smith landed a couple more rights then got the left free and began throwing left hooks for the clear win. Off to the right near the blueline Fredrick Paine and Vieten came out of the pile and mixed it up. They both landed rights and eventually ended up in the Brahmas zone tied up. Isiah Thomas came in and grabbed ahold of Jones and soon found himself double teamed by Jones and Baumgarten. Alex Murray who was tied up with Lawson-Body was able to grab Baumgarten by the collar and jerk him off Thomas then landed a big overhand right. The problem was that there were six Warriors on the ice leaving the Brahmas outnumbered.

Shots on goal were even at 26 apiece and both teams were 0-3 on the power play. The Brahmas have now lost three of their last four games after opening the season 13-3-0-0 and will need to turn things around as they go on the road to face the Warriors tomorrow night. With the Brahmas loss and the Mudbugs win in Odessa, Lone Star’s lead in the South over Shreveport is now down to seven with the Mudbugs holding six games in hand.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at Odessa

David Breazeale and Matt Vermaeten staked the Mudbugs to a 2-1 lead through one. Shreveport outscored Odessa by one in the second as well with Joe Mack, Dawson Sciarrino and Sean Bunting lighting the lamp. The third was scoreless giving the Mudbugs the 5-3 win. Cole Hudson made 36 saves on the night.

Current NAHL South Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Lone Star Brahmas

20

14 5 1 0

29

Shreveport Mudbugs

14

10 2 1 1

22

Odessa Jackalopes

16

7 7 2 0

16

Wichita Falls Warriors

13

6 4 1 2

15

Amarillo Bulls

12

4 5 2 1

11

New Mexico Ice Wolves

13

3 9 1 0

7

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