The Lone Star Brahmas took on the Corpus Christi Icerays Saturday night in game two of their NAHL weekend series. Game one saw the Icerays control the game from start to finish in an 8 – 0 shutout. On Saturday the Brahmas got off to a much better start and looked as though they may be on the verge of turning the corner.
In the first period the Brahmas jumped out to a one goal lead on a Paul Fregeau powerplay goal from Michael Cowley and Anthony Mousseau. Time of the goal was 9:55. They held that lead until the penalty bug bit them again. Ben Owen, who had been called up from the Midget Major ranks due to a rash of injuries on the defensive core, was hit with a checking from behind major and game misconduct. The immediate impact was a five minute powerplay for Corpus Christi. The longer term impact was that the Brahmas who entered the game with only five defensemen were down to four for the next 44 minutes.
The second period got underway with the Brahmas trying to kill off the last 1:04 of the Owen major. With just two seconds left on the penalty kill, Hutton put the puck in the back of the net with an assist to Purcell. The rest of the period was even on the score board but the Icerays began to take over control of the game outshooting the Brahmas 20 – 7 after only a four shot edge in the first.
The score remained 3 – 1 until the 19:25 mark when the Brahmas made things interesting as Todd Koritzinsky scored with the extra attacker from Donovan Gardiner and AJ Duggan. Lone Star kept the pressure on looking to knot things up and go to overtime, but it was not to be. Martin Hojbjerg scored the unassisted empty netter at 19:41 to seal the deal.