On Wednesday the Brahmas were looking for a bit of payback against Amarillo who currently leads the NAHL. Once the puck dropped to start the contest the Bulls took early control and had Lone Star in their defensive zone. Ryan Watson was whistled for a slash just 49 seconds in. With just seven second left in the man advantage Matt Sieckhaus moved the puck from the point into the left wing circle for Brendan Vetter. Vetter used Donovan Gardiner as a screen and put a wrister past Shane Joyce blocker side. Things evened out a bit after the goal and the period ended with the Bulls holding a one goal lead.
As they did last night the Brahmas went on a full two minute 5 on 3 power play at 2:38 of the second. Unfortunately they were once again unable to score. Amarillo quickly took advantage once back to full strength and went into the zone on a 2 on 1 rush. Ayrton Valente tried to cut off the pass at the last second leaving Ryan Stevens to put the puck over the glove hand at 4:55. Just under three minutes later Amarillo built on their lead. The puck was punched past the Brahmas in front of their bench right onto the stick of Brendan McGuire who was actually going for a change. McGuire quickly went the other way with Nick Blase in pursuit. Blase caught up with McGuire and tried to lift the stick, but McGuire got just enough on it to put it through Joyce, five hole and Sieckhaus pushed it over the line. Time of the goal was 7:40.
In the third period the Bulls opened up the offense and poured in four goals with two coming via the power play. The first came at 5:30 on the power play from the right point off the stick of Joe Grabowski. Connor Frey and Mitchell McPherson got the assists. At 11:14 Roman Ammirato pulled the puck out of the near corner and sent it toward the slot. The puck went off of Mike Davis, rode up Jacob Nehama’s body and in. Sieckhaus scored another power play goal with just over five minutes to go in the contest on a play that should have been waved off. A Bulls player crashed the net knocking Nehama off his feet and into the back of the net before landing on top of him. With both Nehama and the Bulls player prone in the net Sieckhaus flipped the puck into the net for the goal. Vetter and Cody Gylling got the assists. Late in the period McPherson got behind the defense and drove the front of the net before putting a shot off of Nehama. McPherson grabbed his own rebound and shoved it under Nehama at the 18:18 mark. Frey and Grabowski were credited with assists on the goal.
The Bulls outshot the Brahmas 36 – 16 on the evening, but were only up 17 – 11 entering the third period. Again the Brahmas special teams were not up to the task as they allowed Amarillo to convert three of their six power plays while the Brahmas were scoreless on six chances including the two minute 5 on 3.
Lone Star will have to put this behind them quickly as they travel to Wichita Falls on Friday to face the Wildcats in the front end of a home and home series. The game will be streamed live on Fasthockey.com.