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Brahmas Offense Falters In 2-1 Loss to Ice Wolves

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Nicholas Niemo had the only goal for the Brahmas in a 2-1 loss to the visiting New Mexico Ice Wolves.

The Lone Star Brahmas and New Mexico Ice Wolves closed out the weekend series Saturday with the Brahmas looking to complete the sweep. Lone Star came out playing some smothering defense not allowing a shot on goal until over 10 minutes gone in the contest.

The game remained scoreless through much of the opening frame. Then with just 34 seconds to go Nick Niemo picked off a pass in neutral ice with the puck jumping to Andrew DeCarlo. DeCarlo’s touch pass went right back to Niemo who battled his way around Mack Motzko. Niemo drove the front of the net, stick handled and pushed a backhander five hole on Beni Halasz to send the teams to the intermission with the Brahmas holding a one goal lead.

With about 11 minutes gone in the second Jack Bayless made a beautiful between the legs centering pass to Joey Larson skating in from the near halfwall. Guy Blessing tracked the puck and made the push across to the far post to make the point blank save.

At 19:34 of the period a wicked bounce of the endboard with the Brahmas on the power play turned Cole Hanson loose on a rush as he beat Brady Smith to the puck. Smith forced Hanson wide but the Ice Wolves forward continued behind the net and wrapped it around the far post to knot the score at 1-1.

An offensive zone turnover early in the third led to an odd man rush by New Mexico. Jeff Hutchinson got it started sending Nikolai Dulak and Motzko on the rush. Mitchell Digby got on his horse to get back and slide to take the shooting lane away from Dulak. He pushed the puck back out to Motzko who fired one on net that Blessing knocked aside with a lunging save. However, Blessing’s momentum carried him nearly to the bottom of the far circle allowing Dulak to flip the rebound into the open net. Time of the goal was 1:11.

The Brahmas could just not get anything going offensively especially with the man advantage and the Ice Wolves took the 2-1 win. Shots on goal were 24-20 in favor of the Ice Wolves. Lone Star was 0-5 on the power play and gave up a short handed goal. New Mexico was 0-3.



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Amarillo at Wichita Falls

The Warriors jumped out to a two goal lead early in the first on goals from Drew Vieten and Nick Lanigan only to see it evaporate before the period was over. Jackson Salt put the ahead again in the second, but Amarillo scored twice to take their first lead of the contest. Adisen Brueck had the only goal of the third to force overtime and an eventual shootout. Dominick Rivelli potted the game winner in the eight round of the shootout. Ryan Ullan stopped 26 of 30 through overtime and seven of the eight he faced in the shootout for the win.

 Current NAHL South Standings

Shreveport Mudbugs 30 20 6 2 2 44
Lone Star Brahmas 33 21 11 1 0 43
Amarillo Bulls 28 16 7 2 3 37
Wichita Falls Warriors 26 14 8 1 3 32
Odessa Jackalopes 28 8 16 2 2 20
New Mexico Ice Wolves 29 8 19 1 1 18

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