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Brahmas Run Roughshod Over Bulls

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Graham Burke backstopped the Brahmas to a 6-1 win over the visiting Amarillo Bulls Friday night.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls kicked off a two game series at NYTEX Sports Centre Friday night. It was the first time the Brahmas had taken the ice since a three game sweep of the New Mexico Ice Wolves March 26 through 28. Amarillo on the other hand was coming off a pair of road losses in Shreveport.

Lone Star came into play holding a six point lead over Amarillo for second place in the NAHL South Division standings although the Bulls had a game in hand.

Things got a bit testy early on with Matt MacDonald went hard into the crease and was ridden into Hunter Garvey by Nick Dineen. Dineen then wrapped MacDonald up around the waste and pulled him down to the ice. As the players began pairing off, Houston Karpman came flying in from the point and jumped Dylan Smith from behind. While both tried to get hands free neither was able to. Jack Collins and Jack Mesic were also involved in the scrum resulting in roughing minors on all four players.

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Joey Baez had three points on the night to pace the Brahmas offensive attack.

Lone Star jumped up on top at the 8:40 mark of the first on a play set up by Alex Konovalov sending the puck to Caige Sterzer in the middle. He found Alex Murray at the near point for a blast off the blocker of Garvey and into the twine. A shot from the near point by the defense accounted for the second goal as well. This time Nicholas Niemo pushed the puck up top to Mitchell Digby for a cannon through traffic that Zach Purcell tipped past Garvey at 14:13.

Digby pushed the lead to three rifling one from the near point at just 32 seconds into the second with the Brahmas on the power play. Niemo sent the puck up the far wall to Murray at the far point and he sent it along the blueline to Digby for the shot. The goal chased Garvey from net with Andrew Takacs coming on in relief.

Moments later Brady Smith and Ethan Green went into the Amarillo zone with Smith pushing the play. The two knocked the net loose and went into the endboards. As Smith spun to look for the puck Green grabbed him around the neck from behind and started throwing punches. Green drew a double minor for roughing and a 10 minute misconduct while Smith was hit with a cross checking minor and a 10 minute misconduct.

One the ensuing power play Joey Baez found Malcolm Palmer at the blueline for a rocket just past the near post and off the end wall. Luke Johnson jumped on the carrom and blistered one over the right shoulder of Takacs off the far post and in. Time of the goal was 4:32.

With about 7:30 gone in the period Chris Carroll got loose in front and pounded one on net. Graham Burke read the play all the way and absorbed the shot in the chest protector to deny Carroll.

At Johnson went streaking down the wall in front of the benches to punch the puck deep where he gathered it and sent it to Baez cutting across the middle. Baez put it off of Takacs with Dawson Tritt picking up the rebound. Tritt stick handled getting Takcas to drop then lifted a backhander over the left pad and the route was on.

Fireworks erupted again with 5:07 left in the second. Several skirmishes were nothing more than pushing and shoving but 6’ 5” and 207 pound Mattias Dal Monte was looking for a dance partner. He first went after 5’ 10” and 185 pound Digby and followed him around the zone instigating. Things changed quickly for Dal Monte when he found a partner his own size as 6’ 5” 215 pound Sterzer who came off the bench to quickly cut in. The gloves came off and Dal Monte mugged for the crowd before Sterzer grabbed ahold. Dal Monte got in the first right but from there it was mostly Sterzer doing the damage until Dal Monte went to the ice with Sterzer on top of him.

With the Brahmas about to kill off the Sterzer major penalty Harrison Scott grabbed a loose puck just outside the paint and fired it on net. Once again Burke stoned the Bull’s shooter to keep Amarillo off the board.

At the whistle tempers flared again, in all 174 penalty minutes were handed out in the second period alone.

Amarillo finally got one past Burke off a scramble in front in which Burke was clearly screened. Sean Vlasich got credit for the goal with Karpman and Carter Rapalje picking up the assists. The goal came at 5:37 of the third.

At 11:44 Collins checked Ty Black into the boards drawing a checking from behind minor penalty and the ire of Casey Roepke who quickly regretted his decision as Collins dropped him with one quick right hand.

The Brahmas got the goal back with their third power play tally of the night with 2:19 left on the clock. Baez saucered it across ice to Joey Trazzera on the far point. He slid it to Palmer on the blueline for a clapper into the back of the net.

Shots on goal were 32-24 for Amarillo. Lone Star dominated special teams play going 3-6 while holding the Bulls to 0-6.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Odessa at Shreveport

The Jackalopes scored first, but it would be the Mudbugs who would emerge victorious. Matt Vermaeten pulled Shreveport even going into the first intermission. After Odessa had gone back in front in the second Giovanni Procopio tied it up once again. In the third it was all Shreveport with Garrett Steele and Sean Bunting doing the damage. Arseniy Sergeev stopped 25 for the win.

Wichita Falls at New Mexico

The Ice Wolves picked up their second win over the Warriors in as many nights. Trailing 1-0 going into the second New Mexico finally got on the board with a Joey Larson goal to send it to the third tied 1-1. The teams traded goals in the third with Wichita Falls take the lead twice only to have New Mexico come back to knot the score. Dillan Bentley and Keegan Langefels accounted for the Ice Wolves goals. After a scoreless overtime William Lawson-Body sealed the win for New Mexico with the only goal of the shootout. Beni Halasz recorded the win on 34 saves.

Current NAHL South Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
x – Shreveport Mudbugs 42 30 7 2 3 65
x – Lone Star Brahmas 44 30 13 1 0 61
Amarillo Bulls 43 23 13 3 4 53
Wichita Falls Warriors 42 22 13 1 6 51
New Mexico Ice Wolves 45 15 26 2 2 34
Odessa Jackalopes 44 10 29 2 3 25

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