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Brahmas Win A Wild One Over Ice Wolves

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Alex Konovalov scored the go ahead power play goal in the third to put the Brahmas up 3-2 on their way to a big 5-3 win over the visiting New Mexico Ice Wolves.


The Lone Star Brahmas and New Mexico Ice Wolves continued their three weekend series on Saturday with the Brahmas looking to build off of game one. Friday night saw the Brahmas jump out to a three goal first period lead over the visiting Ice Wolves then hang on for a 5-4 overtime win. Things were a little testy from the get go on Saturday with Dylan Smith and Jackson Willie starting the jousting even before the opening faceoff. It was obvious early on that both teams were trying to set the tone with heavy checks along the boards.

For the second night in a row it was the Brahmas who went on top early. Luke Johnson carried it deep on the far side then sent it out front to Malte Hasselgren. The Gavle Sweden native rifled it off of netminder Owen Parker who left a juicy rebound in the crease. Mitchell Digby swooped in to push it past Parker who was down and out.

Things finally boiled over about 13 minutes into the contest after Joey Baez went galloping past the defense and was brought down as he neared the goal. Baez slid to the end boards where Joe Prouty jumped on him and started throwing punches with Baez flat of his back. As the Linesmen stepped in to pull Prouty off the defenseman shoved the official earning an early trip to the showers.

With just 1:44 left in the first Jack Bayless sent Spencer Rudrud up ice after a Lone Star turnover. Rudrud carried it into the zone and dropped it for Keegan Langefels who hammered it past Guy Blessing glove side from the blueline.

New Mexico came out buzzing in the second and took the lead with a goal just 65 seconds into the frame. Langefels got it started on a dump in attempt by the Brahmas sending it from the Ice Wolves end to Nikolai Dulak at the Lone Star blueline. New Mexico had a quickly developing 3 on 2 and Dulak found Cole Hanson between the hashmarks for a quick shot over the shoulder of Graham Burke who had relieved Blessing.

Hasselegren nearly pulled the Brahmas even moments later when he had Owen beat high glove side but rang it off the crossbar.

Nearing the midway mark of the second Taylor Ewing and Malcolm Palmer shed the mitts off the faceoff and after skating into the Brahmas zone came together. Ewing got the upper hand early throwing multiple rights. Palmer slipped to a knee then bounced back up and delivered a few of his own before taking Ewing down forcefully. The edge went to Ewing even with Palmer’s late comeback.

Lone Star made it a new game with 2:17 left in the second off a faceoff to Parkers’ left. Hasselgren pulled it back to give the Brahmas possession. Baez worked it into the near corner for Alex Murray to fire an impossible angle shot off the back of Parker and in.

At 8:51 of the third Lone Star finally found the back of the net on the power play after being blanked in their first three attempt. Johnson sent the puck up the near boards to Owen Nolan at the point. Nolan let one fly that Alex Konovalov tipped in front over the right shoulder of Parker. The Brahmas went right back on the man advantage thanks to a New Mexico tripping minor. They got the puck deep to Zach Purcell who found Nolan out front. Parker made the initial save but Nicholas Niemo cleaned up the trash in front at 10:46.

With right at nine minutes to play a big collision in the crease sent Parker to the locker room with what appeared to be a left knee injury. Beni Halasz who took the overtime loss on Friday came on in relief.

It did not take long for the Brahmas to test Halasz. Andrew DeCarlo sent a cross ice breakout pass to Niemo in front of the penalty boxes. He skated it to the left wing circle before centering it to a streaking Purcell in front for a redirect past the right skate. Time of the goal was 13:09.

New Mexico went on a power play of their own and with time winding down Dulak was on the doorstep with the puck on his tape. Burke flashed out the left pad to stone Dulak and keep it a three goal game. Moments later Ewing was credited with a controversial goal on a scramble in front with Evan Carroll and Mitch Becker getting credit for the assists. The mass of humanity in front of the net made it nearly impossible to see the puck.

Lone Star outshot New Mexifo 31 – 15 in the contest and went 2 – 6 on the power play while holding the Ice Wolves off the board on three attempts.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Odessa at Amarillo

After a scoreless first Mattias Dal Monte broke open the scoring for Amarillo with the only goal of the second. Paul Schmid and Nick Martino added third period tallies while Andrew Takacs stopped all 28 shots he faced.

Shreveport at Wichita Falls

Shreveport jumped out to a big lead in the first scoring four times in just over 11 minutes. Joe Mack had a pair while Matt Weber and Giovanni Procopio had one apiece.  While there was no scoring in the second there were definitely fireworks as 196 penalty minutes were handed out in the middle frame with all but 24 coming at the 14:01 mark. The Gong Show continued in the third with another 138 penalty minutes however, Connor Gatto and Billy Feczko found the back of the net for Shreveport. Cole Hudson picked up the shutout win on 24 saves.

Current NAHL South Standings

Shreveport Mudbugs 39 27 7 2 3 59
Lone Star Brahmas 42 28 13 1 0 57
Amarillo Bulls 40 23 10 3 4 53
Wichita Falls Warriors 38 21 12 1 4 47
New Mexico Ice Wolves 42 13 25 2 2 30
Odessa Jackalopes 41 9 27 2 3 23

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