Brahmas Steam Rolled By Wichita Falls

Dan Wildfong and the Brahmas were a step behind from the drop of the puck against the Wildcats.

Dan Wildfong and the Brahmas were a step behind from the drop of the puck against the Wildcats.

Things got off to an ominous start as the Brahmas looked to be skating in molasses and chasing Wichita Falls all over the ice. It was obvious that Lone Star’s legs were suffering from overuse.

Kripstaps Bazevics got the Wildcats off to a quick start at 5:34. Jake Townsend held in a clearing attempt at the far point and Ben Kucera found Bazevics at the near point for a wrister over Jacob Nehama’s left shoulder. Wichita Falls went up by two less than two minutes later. Bazevics sent Rudy Junda into the zone down the left wing boards and he spotted Kirk Van Arkel as the trailer streaking down the middle at 7:15.

At 6:41 of the second Kucera controlled the puck at the far hash mark and fed it across to Nick Farmer on the backdoor.

Lone Star finally got on the board at 7:16. Conner Encisco fed the puck into the corner and chased it down knocking it loose. Michael Crowley grabbed the puck and sent a centering pass to Matt Lison in the slot for the goal.

The Wildcats answered at 9:27 as Kucera carried the puck down the middle getting Nehama to drop and gave it Will Vosejpka crashing the right post.

At 9:56 Hogan Davidson hit Crowley high sending him to the ice. Donovan Gardiner took exception and went to Davidson and the gloves came off. Gardiner got Davidson bent over and started feeding him uppercuts. After about five Davidson realized turtling was better than further abuse.

Kyle Bauman added to the Wildcats lead at 12:04 as the puck was cycled from the near point to the far half wall and back to Bauman on the backdoor. Matt Koch and Farmer picked up the assists.

Moments later the league leader in Major Penalties, Stan Sojka, and Mitch Mueller came together along the boards in front of the Wildcats bench. Words were exchanged and Mueller challenged Sojka who was not man enough to go. Sojka waited until the puck went back the other way as he passed Mueller he threw a viscous elbow catching him in the ribs below his pads. The cheap shot ended Mueller’s night.

The third period was more of the same with Wichita Falls scoring early and often. Bauman picked up a loose puck at the blue line and when in on Shane Joyce unmolested for his second goal on the night. Time of the goal was 1:33. Tyler Ledford got in on the action at the 12:13 mark when he pounded home a rebound of a Max Reisinger wrister. Just over a minute later Vosejpka scored his second of the night with Bauman getting the assist. Colin Staub rounded out the scoring on the power play with just under two minutes to go in the game. Kucera and Sam Piazza logged the assists.

The Wildcats outshot the Brahmas 40 – 16 in the game and converted on their only power play opportunity. Lone Star was 0 – 2 with the man advantage.

Topics: Lone Star Brahmas, NAHL, Wichita Falls Wildcats

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