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Brahmas Hang On For 5-4 OT Win

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Zach Purcell had a pair of goals including the overtime game winner as the Brahmas held off New Mexico to open a three game series on Friday night.

The Brahmas opened up a three game set against the New Mexico Ice Wolves on Friday night at NYTEX Sports Centre.

Lone Star jumped out on top at 5:28 after Owen Nolan fired one on net that Beni Halasz knocked down in front. Michael McCosh tried to play the puck in front but Matt McDonald slapped the puck off the Ice Wolves’ stick and into the twine. Then at 7:18 Cole Bielke got a rush started pushing the puck to Brady Smith who found Zach Purcell cruising down the left win. Purcell fired it past Halasz to make it 2-0 early in the going.


Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Matt McDonald accounted for two of the Brahmas five goals in their win over New Mexico.

Moments later Nicholas Havier got loose just below the right hashmark and blasted one on net. Graham Burke read the play all the way to get across and make the save with the chest protector.

The Brahmas pushed it to three off a neutral ice turnover with Andrew DeCarlo carrying it into the zone before pushing it across to Nolan at the far point. Nolan fired a shot through traffic and off a body in front. Nicholas Niemo was there to clean up the rebound putting it pas the blocker at 12:24.

New Mexico broke through early in the second on a two on one rush. Joey Larson carried it down the left wing with Cole Bielke as the only one back to defend. Larson took it to the hashmark then saucered it across to Cole Hanson for a onetimer over the left pad. Time of the goal was 0:51. With just four minutes gone in the frame the Ice Wolves had another odd man rush but Mitchell Digby sold out diving to take away the passing lane and breaking up the play.

The Ice Wolves went on their first power play of the night at 5:08. Despite being a man down the Brahmas recorded the only two shots on goal during the penalty kill thanks in part to a tremendous forecheck by Dylan Smith. Smith kept New Mexico pinned deep in their own zone eating extended time off the clock.

New Mexico cut the lead to one on their second power play opportunity. Jack Bayless sent the puck from the top of the far circle to Brandon Holt at the blueline for a shot through traffic, off the glove of Burke and in at 14:17. Havier was credited with the secondary assist on the play.

Just 84 seconds into the third we had a new game. Larson sent Nikolai Dulak deep on the far side for a sharp angle shot. The puck traveled through the paint right to Hanson on the back door for a onetimer into the open net.

With 15:21 to go and the Brahmas skating on the power play Dillian Bentley stepped in front of a pass and was off to the races. Bentley drove the net all alone but Burke was up to the task making a big glove save to keep it tied 3-3.

McDonald put the Brahmas back up one after taking a breakout pass from Bielke in front of the benches and into the zone where he dropped it for Dylan Smith. Smith drew the defense and fed it back to McDonald for a blast over the left shoulder of Halasz at 9:13.

New Mexico drew even once more with just 32.4 left and the visitors skating with the extra attacker. A scrum in front saw the puck jump straight up in the air falling right at the feet of Bayless and he flipped it into the open net with Burke having been shuffled out of the crease by the mass of humanity in front. Alex Gomez and Spencer Rudrud were credited with the assists on the goal.

New Mexico was whistled for too many men minor early in the overtime and Lone Star was set up in the zone. The Brahmas were peppering Halasz with shots and had him dead to rights but Holt came diving in from the off side to sweep the puck away and prevent the goal. However, Lone Star would not be denied as on the ensuing faceoff Purcell dug it out of the far corner circled to the top of the far circle and rifled it just under the crossbar at 1:26 to hand the Brahmas the extra point.

Shots on goal were 32-22 Lone Star. Both teams scored once on the power play with Lone Star 1-5 and New Mexico 1-2.




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