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Brahmas Drop Suspended Contest 2-1

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The Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls opened a two game series at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday night. Amarillo controlled play early. The Brahmas were able to get the puck into the attacking zone, but could do nothing with it once there. It took nearly 10 minutes into the contest before Lone Star managed to log their first shot on goal. Even with the benefit of two power play opportunities the Brahmas were outshot 10-6 in the opening 20 minutes of play.

Prior to the start of the second period officials spent several minutes trying to repair a section of ice just inside the blueline in what would be the Amarillo zone. They eventually were satisfied with the fix and allowed play to continue.

Play continued scoreless until the 8:32 mark of the second when Casey Poepke carried the puck into the zone, but was cut off by Quinn Emerson. Poepke dropped it for Greg Japchen who ripped one past Graham Burke stick side from the top of the near circle. Moments later a turnover deep in the Brahmas zone put the puck on Tyler Sedlak’s tape with nothing but empty ice between him and the Brahmas’ net. Sedlak made a move to the forehand but Burke made a huge diving glove save to keep it a 1-0 game.

The trouble spot in the ice would cause issues again before the start of the third as both teams came back onto the ice. After several minutes the coaches came onto the ice to inspect the problem and the players were sent back to their locker rooms while the facilities crew tried to solve the issue bringing the Zamboni back onto the ice.

Eventually it was determined that the ice could not be adequately repaired and for player safety the game was suspended with the third period to be played Saturday prior to puck drop of game two.

Nearly 16 hours after the third period was set to start on Friday, the Brahmas and Bulls resumed play with Lone Star trailing 1-0.

Just under three minutes into the third the Bulls went on their first power play of the contest. However, the Lone Star penalty kill shut down the third ranked power play in the league and picked up a bit of momentum from the kill.

About 90 seconds after the Amarillo power play expired Andrew DeCarlo headed up ice with the puck and sent it across to Luke Johnson on the left wing as they crossed the blueline. Johnson cut to the middle with a slick toe drag around the defense and wired it over Cal Sandquist’s left shoulder to pull Lone Star even. Time of the goal was 6:14 of the third.

With 2:52 left to play a Cole Bielke turnover behind Burke’s goal resulted in Harrison Scott centering it to Nick Martino all alone at the hash marks for a quick onetimer past Burke.

Shots on goal were 24-19 with the edge to Amarillo. Neither team was able to convert on the power play with the Brahmas 0-2 and the Bulls 0-1.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Wichita Falls at Shreveport

The Mudbugs played host to the Warriors and jumped out to an early lead thanks to a Giovanni Procopio goal just 2:29 into the contest. Wichita Falls would tie it up to send the game to the first intermission at 1-1. In the second Braiden Dorfman and Jacob Onstott lit the lamp for Shreveport which was followed by a scoreless third. Cole Hudson made 33 saves for the win.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Lone Star Brahmas

21

15 5 1 0

31

Shreveport Mudbugs

16

12 2 1 1

26

Odessa Jackalopes

17

7 8 2 0

16

Amarillo Bulls

14

6 5 2 1

15

Wichita Falls Warriors

15

6 6 1 2

15

New Mexico Ice Wolves

15

3 11 1 0

7

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