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Brahmas Shutout Jackalopes To Open Series

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Alex Murray had the Brahmas' game winning goal against the visiting Odessa Jackalopes Friday night to open a two game set at NYTEX Sports Centre.

 

 

After splitting a series with the Bulls last weekend the Brahmas needed to get off to a good start against the visiting Odessa Jackalopes. Odessa came in last in the NAHL South and with the Brahmas chasing the Shreveport Mudbugs for the South division crown they needed to take care of business against the Jackalopes. Nothing less than a four point weekend would be acceptable for Lone Star.

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Photo curtesy of Candice Bryan: Graham Burke stopped all 15 shots he faced in route to his first shutout of the season.

At the 5:21 mark in the opening frame Andrew DeCarlo carried the puck across the blueline into the attacking zone then dropped it for Zach Purcell. Purcell delayed at the bottom of the far circle surveying the ice to find Alex Murray sneaking down from the near point with a beautiful cross ice pass. Murray gained position on Ben Doherty to fire it past Connor Hasley in one quick motion.

The Brahmas went on the first power play of the night nearing the seven minute mark of the second. They were set up in the offensive zone with strong puck movement. Brady Smith sent a bomb from the blueline that went just over the crossbar and off the glass. Alex Konovalov got a stick on it to keep it alive with the puck jumping over Hasley and down into the paint. Joey Baez jumped on the loose puck to punch it into the back of the net at 7:56.

With 7:11 left in the second Doherty picked up a turnover in the Brahmas zone and found Jack Musa just outside the paint. Musa put a onetimer on net that Graham Burke absorbed the point blank shot in the chest protector to stop play.

Lone Star’s second power play tally of the evening came with Nicholas Niemo sending the puck from the far faceoff dot to DeCarlo at the goal line. DeCarlo walked it toward the crease before sending it on goal. Purcell was just off the near post to slap home the rebound.

Just before the media timeout in the third Frederick Paine took a high stick from Aidan Cobb that went uncalled. Then at 13:29 Paine was hit with a cross checking major to Cobb along the far boards drawing the ire of Dayne Hoyord. Paine dropped the mitts then dropped a couple of rights on Hoyord then dropped the Jackalopes forward to the ice. Clear win for Paine.

Less than one minute into the five minute penalty kill, DeCarlo gained control of the puck in the defensive zone and sent a breakout pass up if for Niemo who split two Jackalopes defenders. Hasley who’s only chance to thwart the breakaway came racing out of the crease to try and poke the puck away, but Niemo just beat him to vulcanized rubber. He pulled it to the forehand and fired it into the open net for the shorthanded goal at 14:28 of the third.

Odessa would fail to score on the major penalty accruing only two shots on goal over the five minute span.

The Brahmas controlled play from the opening faceoff outshooting the Jackalopes 27-15 on the night and scored two special teams goals. Lone Star was 2-2 on the power play and had a shorty while holding Odessa scoreless on three man advantages.

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Wichita Falls at Amarillo

Amarillo took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission thanks to Greg Japchen. Cooper Fensterstock added another early in the second with the Warriors finally getting on the board near the midway mark. Jorday Venegoni put the Bulls back up two only to see Wichita Falls score with just one second left in the middle frame. Venegoni picked up a shorthanded empty net goal late in the third for the 4-2 final. Hunter Garvey made 26 saves on the night to record the win.

Shreveport at New Mexico

After falling behind early the Ice Wolves came back with goals from Joey Larson and Jeff Hutchinson prior to the end of the first. Shreveport tied it up with the only goal of the second and took a brief lead in the third. Jack Bayless brought the Ice Wolves right back to send the game to an eventual shootout where Joe Prouty won it in the sixth round. Parker Owen picked up the win on 26 saves through overtime and five of six saves in the shootout.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
x – Shreveport Mudbugs 44 31 7 2 4 68
x – Lone Star Brahmas 46 31 14 1 0 63
x – Amarillo Bulls 45 25 13 3 4 57
Wichita Falls Warriors 44 23 14 1 6 53
New Mexico Ice Wolves 47 16 27 2 2 36
Odessa Jackalopes 46 10 31 2 3 25

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