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Brahmas Make It Three In A Row Over Bulls

Brahmas Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Andrew DeCarlo scored nearly nine minutes in the first to get the Brahmas started on their come from behind 4-2 win.

The Lone Star Brahmas returned to the ice Friday against the Amarillo Bulls in their first action in two weeks. It was a clash of long time NAHL South Division rivals which always seems to result in spirited, physical play.


Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Ryan Drkulec scored his first of the season to knot the score in the first.

Amarillo jumped out to a quick lead off a centering pass from Nick Martino. Martino was carrying the puck behind the cage when he was knocked off his skates. As he was sliding past the near post oh his stomach he managed to find Harrison Scott in the crease for a quick onetimer past Graham Burke. Time of the goal was 1:48. At the 5:09 mark it went to a two goal lead with the Bulls on the power play. Amarillo set up and were cycling in the zone when Greg Japchen found Nick Dineen at the point. His low boring wrister never got over an inch or two off the ice and flew past the left skate of Burke.

Lone Star quickly got one back off a beautiful feed from Nicholas Niemo. Joey Baez had sent Niemo streaking into the zone down the far side. Niemo looked to be circling behind the net when he fed a backhanded centering pass to Andrew DeCarlo at the last possible moment. DeCarlo simply redirected it past Cal Sandquist to cut the lead in half at 8:50. With 4:51 left in the frame it was a new game as new defenseman  Nick Young picked off a pass in the neutral zone and turned it up ice. Young skated to the top of the far circle before sending a cross ice pass to Baez. The Army commit found Ryan Drkulec on the backdoor with a pass through the crease and he did the rest. Drkulec nearly gave the Brahmas the lead with just 9.4 seconds left pulling the puck out of the far corner, carrying it to the front and blasting it off the near post and into the safety netting.

Lone Star killed off an early tripping penalty in the second only to be whistled for a too many men bench minor just as they returned to full strength. Despite being down a man for a full four minutes the Brahmas penalty kill stood tall to keep the Bulls off the board.

A boarding minor to Amarillo followed just 14 seconds later by a goalie interference call gave the Brahmas a five on three opportunity which they immediately cashed in. Baez and Zach Purcell were playing pitch and catch up top when Purcell sent it low on the right wing to DeCarlo. DeCarlo found Baez between the hash marks and his onetimer found the five hole at 7:27.

With roughly six minutes gone in the third Amarillo broke loose a two man odd rush with Tyler Sedlak streaking down the far side and Jere Vaisanen on his left. Young got on his horse to chase Sedlak down and knock the puck off his tape with a diving back check to thwart the scoring opportunity.

With 1:13 to play Sandquist was called to the bench at a stoppage of play for the extra attacker. The teams set up for a faceoff to Burke’s left that was won by Lone Star. After a puck battle along the far wall, Purcell emerged with control and found Nick Niemo streaking down the middle of the ice for a wrister into the empty net.

Lone Star held a 21-12 advantage in shots on goal and were 2-5 on the power play while holding Amarillo to 1-5.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

New Mexico at Wichita Falls

The Ice Wolves made their first visit to the Kay Yeager Coliseum a successful one. New Mexico got first period goals from Alex Gomez and Cole Hanson. The Warrior knotted it up with two in the second sending it to the tied 2-2. New Mexico came through in the final frame with goals from Jackson Wille and Hanson’s second of the night. Parker Owen picked up the win on 17 saves.

Shreveport at Odessa

The Jackalopes held a 1-0 lead going into the second, but it was pretty much all Mudbugs from there. Evan Carroll and Jake Mack scored either side of an Odessa goal in the second before Shreveport broke it open in the third. Trenten Heyde, Billy Feczko and Giovanni Pricopio scored to make it 5-3 before Odessa got back on the board, but Braiden Dorfman and Dawson Sciarrino wiped out any thoughts of a comeback. Cole Hudson was in net for the win facing 32 shots on goal.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

Lone Star Brahmas 5 4 1 0 0 8
Odessa Jackalopes 5 3 2 0 0 6
New Mexico Ice Wolves 3 2 1 0 0 4
Shreveport Mudbugs 3 2 1 0 0 4
Wichita Falls Warriors 5 1 2 0 2 4
Amarillo Bulls 5 1 2 0 1 3

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