Photo Courtesy of David Dudich: TJ Black stonewalled the leagues' leading offense in a 2 - 0 shutout of the Amarillo Bulls. It was Black's third shutout in 18 starts and second against Amarillo.

Lone Star Brahmas Drop 2 – 0 Decision To Killer Bees


The Lone Star Brahmas and Rio Grand Killer Bees game got off to a jarring start as Liam Stirtzinger rung up JB Baker along the far boards just seconds into the contest. Just a few moments later Todd Koritzinsky blasted Dylan Abood at the blue line sending him onto the seat of his pants and nearly to the red line. The physical play continued for the entire first stanza. The best scoring chance of the period came with Conner Enciso just outside the crease and he had a couple pokes at a bouncing puck, but could not get good wood on it. The teams went into the first intermission in a scoreless tie.

Rio Grande scored a power play goal just 29 seconds into the second period. With Kellen Wasell already in the box and a delayed penalty coming against Ben Owen, the Bees scored off a scramble in front as Anthony Croston slid it just past TJ Black’s left skate and the puck trickled over the line. Evan Schmidbauer and Sean Mostrom picked up the assists. The Brahmas seemed to get away from the hard hitting physical play in the second and allowed Rio Grande to get things set up offensively. At the 15:53 mark the Bees received a gift call as Johan Steen came out of the Brahmas penalty box and headed for the bench. Just as Steen was about to go over the wall, a Rio Grande player who was also changing knocked Steen off his skates as the puck arrived resulting in a too many men bench minor. With 3:44 to go in the period the Bees again converted on the power play when Mostrom sent a one timer through traffic and past Black who was screened.

The Killer Bees held the lead the rest of the contest despite some good scoring chances from the Brahmas down the stretch. Lone Star was scoreless on three power plays while the Bees converted two of six. Rio Grande out shot the Brahmas 26 – 22 despite the lopsided power play opportunities.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around The NAHL South Division

 

Wichita Falls built off of there Wednesday night victory over the visiting Brahmas when they went into Corpus Christi and took a 6 – 1 decision from the Icerays. The Wildcats had two goals per period in all three periods. In the first their goals came from Andrew Kerr (Josh Haverstrom) and Kirk Van Arkel (unassisted). In the second Kyle Bauman (Nick Farmer) and Will Vosejpka (unassisted) had the tallies while Farmer (Jake Townsend, Vosejpka) and Ben Kucera (unassisted) scored in the third. Sami Pokka (unassisted) had the lone Icerays goal on the night. David Zevnik stopped 29 of 30 for the win.

Amarillo traveled to Topeka to face the Road Runners and came up on the short end of a 3 – 1 score. All four goals in the game came during the 10:39 of the game. Tyler Poulsen (Jake Kamrass) potted a power play goal to get the scoring started for Topeka. Michal Uhrik (James Ring, Jerad Tafoya) added to the Topeka lead before Carter Penzien (Brendan Vetter, Kyle Gattelaro) pulled the Bulls within one goal. Poulsen added an empty net power play goal with 37 second left for the 3 – 1 final. The Bulls swagger is beginning to fade a bit as they have now lost their last four contests. They have a pair of losses to Topeka sandwiched around a pair of losses to the Brahmas. They have been outscored 15 – 5 over that stretch.

Current NAHL South Standings

 

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

Amarillo

29

20

8

1

41

0.707

Wichita Falls

31

18

10

3

39

0.629

Rio Grande

30

16

8

6

38

0.633

Topeka

31

17

11

3

37

0.597

Corpus Christi

31

11

14

6

28

0.452

Odessa

33

10

23

0

20

0.303

Lone Star

29

8

19

2

18

0.310

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