Lone Star made the long slog to Hidalgo for a single game against the Rio Grande Killer Bees. The Brahmas were looking to take advantage of the Bees who were on the losing side of a 5 -3 score in Odessa last night before boarding the bus for the trip back to the border.
Rio Grande came out strong despite their travel schedule and eventually ended up with a 5 on 3 power play just past the midpoint of the first. Then at 11:12 Sean Mostrom fed the puck from the near point to Ben Greiner on the goal line. Greiner tried to put a centering pass out front that went off the shaft of Ben Owen and right to Aleksi Luhtalampi on the backdoor and he knocked it past TJ Black for the power play goal. The Killer Bees extended their lead at the 14:47 mark off a draw to Black’s right. Jared Dedenbach pulled it back to Kevin Clare at the near point and he sent a onetimer on goal through a screen and into the back of the net.
The second period went into the book with neither team able to score. Although Rio Grande had a golden opportunity in the opening moments of the period. Anthony Croston came in all alone on a breakaway, but Black stood his ground and stoned him with the pad.
In the third period the Brahmas got on the board with a power play goal of their own at 5:51. Anthony Mousseau and Alexey Solovyev played catch at the point until Mousseau sent a blast at the net that was redirected by Matt Lison in front. Johan Steen kept it a one goal game as he was caught as the only man back on a 4 on 1 rush by the Bees. Steen played it perfectly and went down to block the shot from just off the far post. Solovyev tied it up at 10:13 on a blast from the high slot. Jan Hudecek had chipped the puck into the near corner for Lison. Lison circled it back to the near half wall and found Solovyev cruising across the blueline for the onetimer over Nick Schmit’s left shoulder. The rest of the period and the overtime were scoreless sending the game to a shootout.
Luhtalampi put the Killer Bees up in the second round as he just snuck one past the right skate of Black.
RJ Salvato answered in the third round when he stick handled down the middle and put it under the left pad.
Croston had the game winner for Rio Grande in the fourth round. He carried it wide left, cut to the middle and went back against the grain over the right pad.
Elsewhere around the NAHL South Division
Corpus Christi went on the road to defeat Wichita Falls 4 – 2 with two third period goals from Jake Durflinger and Martin Hojbjerg.
Topeka tripped up the Amarillo Bulls at the Kansas Expo Center 4 – 3. The Road Runners scored three in the second to open up a 4 – 1 lead then held on down the stretch to get the victory. PJ Bridges made 27 saves to get the win and Tyler Poulsen scored two goals to lead the Road Runners offense.
Current NAHL South Division Standings