The Lone Star Brahmas opened an eight game home stand by welcoming the Topeka Road Runners into the NYTEX Sports Centre on Friday night. The teams had split the previous three series with Topeka taking game one and the Brahmas rebounding for the game two win.
Following a scoreless first period the Road Runners jumped out to a one goal lead off a draw to Jett Salinas’ right. Jake Kamrass pulled the face off back to Yu Hikosaka who showed great patience as he skated it to the middle and waited for Salinas to commit then put it over his left pad at 1:53 of the second. The Brahmas had multiple scoring chances at open nets in the period, but could not get the puck to settle or put it just wide of the post. So, the game went into the second intermission with the Road Runners clinging to a one goal lead.
With 6:41 to go in the third a turn over behind the Brahmas’ cage led to a shot from the near half-wall by Sam Rennaker that went off of Salinas’ glove and bounced behind him. Assists were credited to Willie Brown and Daniel Rzavsky. Topeka added an empty netter at 18:17 off the stick of Zach Gleinke assisted by Hikosaka and Michal Uhrik.
The Brahmas were outshot 35 – 14 on the night and both teams were scoreless on the power play. Topeka went 0 – 3 and the Brahmas were 0 – 2.
The same two teams will meet again Saturday night at the NYTEX Sports Centre. Saturday night will be the Brahmas World Record Night. The organization and fans in attendance will attempt to set multiple world records between periods. Tickets are still available for the 7:30 faceoff and can be purchased by visiting the NYTEX Sports Centre Box Office or by calling the Brahmas’ Sales Office at 817-336-4423.
Elsewhere Around the NAHL South
Wichita Falls at Odessa
In the only other game involving NAHL South Division teams, the Wildcats twice came from behind to defeat the Jackalopes 7 – 3. The Wildcat’s power play was on the ball in the game scoring three of Wichita Falls’ seven goals. The Wildcats got goals from Sam Piazza and Kirk Van Arkel in the first. Kyle Bauman, Nick Farmer and Colin Staub added second period markers. Van Arkel scored his second of the night early in the third before Max Reisinger closed out the scoring just past the midpoint of the third. David Zevnik faced only 19 shots in the win.
Current NAHL South Division Standings