Photo Courtesy of David Dudich: Brahmas' rookie forward Liam Stirtzinger celebrates his game winning shootout goal.

Brahmas Complete Sweep Of Jackalopes With Shootout Win

The Brahmas entered Saturday night looking for the sweep against the Odessa Jackalopes following Friday’s 8 – 4 shellacking. As with last night’s game the Brahmas brought some new faces in newly acquired Thomas Aldsworth and a face that had not been seen in a while in the person of Alex Dagnal.


Lone Star opened the scoring at 12:52 of the first. Dagnal won the faceoff and Matt Lison sent it to Nick Blase at the far point for a onetimer off of Jackalopes Defenseman Jefferson Martin and behind Eric Hancock.


At 13:50 Ryan Watson and Liam Stirtzinger went into the zone on a 2 on 1 and Martin buried Watson in the high slot drawing the ire of Stirtzinger. Stirtzinger landed an immediate right and ducked a right from Martin before then tied up. Once Stirtzinger shook his right arm out of the sweater and elbow pad he landed another right to the side of Martin’s head then drug him to the ice.


With 3:55 to go, ex-Brahma, Leo Lumm picked off a pass resulting in an Odessa 3 on 1 rush. Anthony Mousseau busted his tail to get back into the play filling the passing lane and forcing Lumm to take the point blank shot. TJ Black flashed out the glove putting the puck into the mesh and preserving the one goal lead.


The Jackalopes tied it up at the 17:03 mark of the second when Chris Taff sent what looked to be a harmless wrister from the far half-wall. The puck went off Ben Owen’s skate and redirected past Black.


At the 1:13 mark in the third with Lone Star on the penalty kill, the Jackalopes skated for about 4 seconds with six men on the ice before the linesman caught on and blew the play dead. The remainder of the period opened up and only blocked shots and big saves by Black and Hancock kept the score tied at one. After a scoreless overtime they went to a shootout.


Alexey Solovyev was the first shooter for the Brahmas following a save by Black. Solovyev may have found a sicker move than he normally uses. He skated it slowly down the center and undressed Hancock before putting it five hole.


The third shooter for the Brahmas was Lison and he was obviously watching the Solovyev goal as he followed suit as he went down the center flinched to get Hancock moving and sent it between the pads.


Chad Guderian was finally able to put the puck past Black with a good backhand move in the fourth round setting up Stirtzinger in the fourth round.


Stirtzinger came in stick handling, went from the forehand to the backhand and once again found the five hole for the game winner.


The Brahmas outshot the Jackalopes 35 – 26, but once again they misfired on the power play going 0 – 6 while holding Odessa to 0 – 2.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division


There were no other games involving NAHL South teams.


Current NAHL South Division Standings


Amarillo 46 32 12 2 66 0.717
Topeka 44 27 12 5 59 0.670
Rio Grande 46 25 14 7 57 0.620
Wichita Falls 43 23 17 3 49 0.570
Corpus Christi 47 16 21 10 42 0.447
Lone Star 47 17 27 3 37 0.394
Odessa 47 13 30 4 30 0.319


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