Photo courtesy of David Dudich: TJ Black backstopped the Lone Star Brahmas to a 3 - 0 win over the Corpus Christi Icerays, picking up his second shutout of the season.

Lone Star Brahmas Get 3 - 0 Win Over Icerays

The Lone Star Brahmas continued their NAHL schedule by welcoming the Corpus Christi Icerays into the NyTex Sports Centre for the first time this season on Friday night. The Brahmas were looking for their first victory of the season over the Icerays.

After skating to a scoreless tie in the first period, the Brahmas opened up the offense in the second. At just over three minutes into the period Donovan Gardiner hit Paul Fregeau with a stretch pass just outside the offensive zone. Fregeau carried it across the blueline and dropped it for Michael Crowley who unleashed a rocket blocker side. With time winding down in the period Lone Star struck twice. Conner Enciso sent a wrister behind Forbes Ploszaj from the right wing circle at 18:14 with assists credited to Todd Koritzinsky and Kellen Wasell. The Enciso goal was followd quickly by an absolute bomb off the tape of Alexey Solovyev at 19:32. On the play Sebastian Vidmar jarred the puck out of a crowd along the far boards to Matt Lison at the halfwall. Lison sent a saucer pass to Solovyev at the blueline and his shot was past Ploszaj before he even knew what was going on.

The three second period goals was all that the Brahmas could muster in the contest, but it was more than enough. TJ Black was rock solid in net turning aside all 22 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season. He even bailed himself out in the third on an ill advised clearing attempt. Black caught a dump in from neutral ice, put it down and tried to clear it himself. However, he put it right on the tape of a Corpus Christi forward in the high slot. Black did not panic though and took the ensuing shot in the chest and held on for a stoppage. It was the best scoring chance that the Icerays had all evening.

The Brahmas out shot Corpus Christi 29 – 22 in the game and both teams were 0 – 7 on the power play. Despite not finding the net with the power play, the Brahmas looked much better with the man advantage as they were getting set up in the zone and working the puck around. In the past it has often been dump in into the corner and chase it back to the other end, so the patience they showed tonight was a refreshing change.

Boxscore

Elsewhere Around Then NAHL South

Rio Grande Valley at Amarillo

This was the only other South Division game on the docket for tonight. The Killer Bees had the only goal of the first period but the Bulls poured it on in the second period. Starting at the 9:50 mark, they pumped in four goals in the latter half of the period to take a commanding lead. Rio Grande picked up a goal early in the third, but it was much too little too late. Mike Davis had 2G – 2A on the night to lead all scorers while Paul Berrafato made 26 saves for the win.

Current NAHL South Division Standing

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

Amarillo

38

26

10

2

54

0.711

Topeka

36

21

11

4

46

0.639

Wichita Falls

36

21

12

3

45

0.625

Rio Grande

37

19

11

7

45

0.608

Corpus Christi

38

13

19

6

32

0.421

Lone Star

37

12

22

3

27

0.365

Odessa

36

10

24

2

22

0.306

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