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Brahmas Tripped Up By Warriors

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Owen Nolan scored his first of the season to open the scoring Friday night, but the Brahmas could not hold the lead as the Warriors came back for a 4-3 win at Kay Yeager Coliseum.

 

The Brahmas and Warriors played the front end of a home and home series Friday at the Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls. Lone Star entered play holding a slim two point lead in the NAHL South and were looking to put some distance between themselves and the Shreveport Mudbugs.

It didn’t take the Brahmas long to jump out to an early lead. Nicholas Niemo carried it from the Brahmas’s end to the Wichita Falls blueline before dropping it for Mitchell Digby. Digby gave it right back to Niemo who hit Owen Nolan trailing for a wrister blocker side on Owen Bartoszkiewicz at the 3:31 mark.

The Warriors came right back to knot the score at 1-1. Drew Vieten skated it up the right wing then slid it Carter Korpi in the slot for a shot off the post past Guy Blessing and in at 6:40.

A big hit by Jack Collins along the Warrios’ halfwall dislodged the puck from William Lawson-Body allowing Matt MacDonald to go in unobstructed to rip on through Bartoszkiewicz to retake the lead. Time of the goal was 11:23 of the first.

Just 37 seconds later with the Brahmas on the penalty kill, the Warriors came in on a 3 on 1 rush. Vincent Corcoran brought it in down the right wing then saucered one across to Cade Lemmer on the backdoor as Blessing tried to get across. Lemmer sent it in just inside the near post.

With just 45 seconds left in the frame the Warriors had another 2 on 1 rush with Lemmer and Jackson Wozniak on the rush. Malcolm Palmer was the only Brahma back defending. Palmer forced Lemmer wide then used an active stick to knock down the pass across to Wozniak to thwart the scoring chance.

Wichita Falls took their first lead of the night with a 3 on 2 shorthanded rush. Brennen Couet got it started sending Marcus Frantz down the near side with a late pass across to Wozniak for a onetimer on the backdoor at 12:51 of the second.

With 1:49 left in the frame Digby skated it behind the Warriors’ cage and wrapped it around the near post off of the back of Bartoszkiewicz. Replays appeared to show the glove of Bartoszkiewicz across the goal line when he made the stop, but the goal was waived off.

Early in the third Niemo sent Luke Johnson deep on the near side corner. Johnson backhanded a centering pass that Andrew DeCarlo lifted over the left shoulder to tie it a 3-3. With about five minutes gone, Joey Baez skated the puck into the zone and clearly took a high stick that went uncalled allowing Wichita Falls to go the other way five on four with Baez down in the Warriors’s zone.

Nearing the midway point of the period and the Brahmas skating on their sixth penalty kill of the game Korpi had a point blank shot off a rebound, but Blessing flashed out the leather to make a huge glove save. However just moments later Drake Usher fired one on net from the blueline that rose well over the crossbar and took a wicked bounce off the glass right to Vieten who put it back over the left pad.

Lone Star had a lot of pressure late but could not get the equalizer falling 4-3. Shots on goal were 31-18 in favor of Wichita Falls and they clearly won the special teams battle going 2-6 and scoring the shorty while holding the Brahmas off the board on five opportunities.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at Amarillo

The Bulls scored early in the game and held the one goal lead through the 7:19 mark of the second when Sean Bunting tied it up. From there the game remained scoreless through overtime leading to a shootout. Matt Weber scored the only goal of the shootout in the second round to hand the Mudbugs the extra point. Arseni Sergeyev made an amazing 63 saves on the night for the win.

New Mexico at Odessa

Gabe Bennett staked the Jackalopes to a one goal lead in the first then Dayne Hoyord added to the lead in the second. After New Mexico had cut the lead in half early in the third Hoyord scored his second of the night to close out the scoring with eight seconds left. Cooper Black picked up the win facing 29 shots on goal.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Shreveport Mudbugs

27

19 5 2 1

41

Lone Star Brahmas

30

20 9 1 0

41

Amarillo Bulls

24

14 6 2 2

32

Wichita Falls Warriors

24

12 8 1 3

28

Odessa Jackalopes

27

8 16 2 1

19

New Mexico Ice Wolves

26

6 18 1 1

14

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