Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Carter Penzien and the Bulls were too much for the Brahmas in a 2 - 0 shutout.

Lone Star Brahmas Lose 2 – 0 To Amarillo Bulls


The Lone Star Brahmas continued the busy NAHL schedule playing their third game in three days against the Amarillo Bulls in the Texas Panhandle. After having swept the Odessa Jackalopes and facing a Bulls team that had managed only a single point in their last seven games the Brahmas had to be looking forward to puck drop.

The first period ended with the score knotted at zero as neither team could get much going offensively. Shots on goal in the period were only 7 – 4 in favor of Amarillo. The one big scoring opportunity that came out of the period was at the 14:08 mark with Roman Ammirato on the backdoor. Ammirato took a pass through the crease from Mike Davis, but TJ Black made a huge save going post to post to deny Amarrito.

At the 9:15 mark of the second period and a delayed penalty coming against the Brahmas Brett Szajner and Carter Penzien went on a two on one rush against Johan Steen. As they reached the faceoff circles Steen lost his footing leaving Black to face the rush alone. Penzien put it top shelf over Black’s right shoulder to open the scoring. The Bulls scored a power play goal at 17:56 following a faceoff to Collin Delia’s left. Brady Ferguson pulled the draw back to Szajner and started up ice. Szajner gave it back to Ferguson and he took the puck from his own blue line skated it into the offensive zone between the defensemen. Black got most of Ferguson’s shot the slot, but it snuck through the five hole and barely trickled across the line.

Lone Star went on the power play late in the period and had some good pressure going right up until the horn sounded, but could not get the puck past Delia.

Any momentum that the Brahmas may have had coming out of the second intermission was negated by a horrendous call just 26 seconds into the period. Ben Owen was chasing the puck into the zone with Penzien allover him as they headed into the corner. Penzien drug Owen down from behind and awkwardly into the end boards and yet it was Owen who was called for holding. Owen remained down in the corner for an extended period and received attention from the trainer before heading to the box.

The score remained 2 – 0 for the rest of the contest as Black made some monster saves down the stretch to keep his team in the game. Unfortunately the Brahmas were unable to capitalize on the few opportunities that they generated.

Lone Star was held off the board on six power play opportunities while holding the league’s number one power play to a single goal in six tries. Amarillo out shot the Brahmas 31 – 20 on the evening. Hopefully the Brahmas can take Monday to recuperate as they are back at it again on Tuesday against the Bulls once again.

Boxscore

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

There were no other games scheduled.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

Wichita Falls

34

21

10

3

45

0.662

Amarillo

33

21

10

2

44

0.667

Topeka

34

19

11

4

42

0.618

Rio Grande

34

17

10

7

41

0.603

Corpus Christi

35

13

16

6

32

0.457

Lone Star

33

11

20

2

24

0.364

Odessa

35

10

24

1

21

0.300

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