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Brahmas Grind Out 2-1 Win Over Warriors

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Brahmas' defenseman Alex Murray scored the game winner as the Lone Star ground out a 2-1 win over the Wichita Falls Warriors Friday night.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas faced the expansion Wichita Falls Warriors for the first time on Friday night at Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls. Lone Star came into the weekend series riding a five game win streak while the Warriors were looking for their first back-to-back wins of the NAHL season.

Near the 11:00 mark a defensive zone turn over led to a Warriors 2 on 1 opportunity. Drew Vieten was set up on the backdoor and received a pass from the right wing hashmark. Graham Burke pushed hard to go post to post to rob Vieten with the right pad. Wichita Falls finally broke the ice with 2:57 to go in the first on another odd man rush. William Lawson-Body went streaking down the right wing to get past Joey Trazzera to drive the net and put a shot on goal. Burke made the initial save, but Dominick Rivelli trailing the play pushed the rebound home for the 1-0 lead.

The Brahmas got back in the game early in the second when Zach Purcell sent it deep behind the net where Nicholas Niemo controlled the puck. He pushed a backhand centering pass out front to Andrew DeCarlo for a quick wrister into the twine. Time of the goal was 1:10. Lone Star took their first lead of the game when Blake Benson bulled his way through a hip check along the far boards then pushed it to Alex Murray. Murray circled off the halfwall to the high slot and let one fly through traffic past Ryan Ullan at the 17:53 mark.

Despite both squads having power play opportunities in the third the score remained 2-1 through out the period. The Warriors did manage to pull Ullan late, but Lone Star clogged up the middle and shut down the extra attacker.

Shots on goal were 26-16 in favor of Wichita Falls and both teams were 0-3 with the man advantage.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at New Mexico

After a scoreless opening 20 minutes of play the Mudbugs broke it open with two in the second and three in the third for a 6-0 win. Bren Keefer’s power play goal got the ball rolling followed by Braiden Dorfman to send it into the second intermission with Shreveport holding a 2-0 lead. Giovanni Procopio, Connor Gatto and Matt Weber with two goals accounted for the third period scoring. Cole Hudson stopped all 26 shots he faced for the shutout win.

Current NAHL South Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Lone Star Brahmas

7

6 1 0 0

12

Shreveport Mudbugs

5

4 1 0 0

8

Odessa Jackalopes

6

3 3 0 0

6

Wichita Falls Warriors

7

2 3 0 2

6

New Mexico Ice Wolves

5 2 2 1 0

5

Amarillo Bulls

6

1 4 0 1

3

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