Photo Courtesy of David Dudich: Matt Lison and the Lone Star Brahmas had opportunities but were only able to put one puck past Olli Kalkaja in a 2 - 1 overtime loss.

Lone Star Brahmas Lose A Heartbreaker In Overtime

Following last night’s 4 – 3 overtime win, the Lone Star Brahmas went into Saturday evening looking to make it two in a row over the visiting Rio Grande Killer Bees. A sweep would help to set the tone going into the NAHL Showcase Tournament next week in Blaine, MN.

The Brahmas sent Mitch Mueller, Alexey Solovyev, Matt Lison, Jan Hudecek and Alex Dagnal out in front of Jacob Nehama to open the contest. In the first period Lone Star spent six minutes short handed, but had the better scoring chances of the period. However, they were unable to cash in on their opportunities. On the plus side, the penalty kill was hitting on all cylinders and kept the Killer Bees off the board as well to go into the first intermission with a scoreless tie.

Liam Stirtzinger finally broke the tie lighting the lamp on a scamper down the far boards. With 5:32 to go in the second, Stirtzinger undressed a defenseman at the far halfwall then fired it past Olli Kalkaja’s glove hand for the only scoring of the period. Ayrton Valente and Johan Steen logged the assists on the play.

Rio   Grande started trying to open it up in the third and had an excellent scoring chance with about eight minutes left in the period when they broke in on a 3 on 1. Mueller played the breakaway perfectly as he forced the puck carrier to the outside then went down to block the shot thwarting the Bees best scoring chance of the evening so far. Down one late, Rio Grande pulled their goalie with 1:09 on the clock for the extra attacker. With the clock winding down it looked as though the Brahmas would ice the game away with an empty netter from deep in their own zone, but the puck bounced a couple of time then got on edge rolling toward the empty net and a Rio Grande defenseman caught up with it to knock it away just inches before it crossed the line. The Bees immediately took the puck the other way and with just 8.2 seconds to go they were the beneficiary of a fortunate bounce and Will Clark snuck it past Nehama to send the game to OT for the second night in a row.

At the 3:59 mark of the extra period Ben Greiner found Dylan Abood in the neutral zone and the Rio Grande defenseman fired a shot from just inside blueline that appeared to handcuff Nehama giving the Killer Bees the series split and a measure of revenge.

Rio Grande by virtue of the lopsided powerplay count outshot the Brahmas 29-17 on the night. Neither team was able to convert with the man advantage. Rio Grande was 0-7 while the Brahmas were 0-3.

Boxscore

Elsewhere around the South Division

Wichita Falls converted three powerplays and had six goals from six different shooters to complete the weekend sweep of the visiting Odessa Jackalopes. Tyler Ledford assisted on four of the Wildcats’ six goals and Chase Munroe turned aside 30 of 32 shots faced for the win. With the loss the Jackalopes have now lost 23 games in a row dating back to last season.

After a hard fought 2 – 1 victory over the Icerays on Friday night, the Topeka Road Runners had an easier time of it tonight. The Road Runners used a pair of goals in both the second and third periods to back 16 save shutout from Drew Vogler to sweep Corpus Christi.

The Amarillo Bulls were idle this weekend.

South Division Standings

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

Wichita Falls

2

2

0

0

4

1.000

10

2

73

Topeka

2

2

0

0

4

1.000

6

1

50

Lone Star

2

1

0

1

3

.750

5

5

41

Rio Grande

2

1

0

1

3

.750

5

5

35

Amarillo

0

0

0

0

0

.000

0

0

0

Corpus Christi

2

0

2

0

0

.000

1

6

36

Odessa

2

0

2

0

0

.000

2

10

63

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