Photo Courtesy of David Dudich: Thomas Aldworth scored his first goal in a Brahmas Sweater and first in the NAHL Saturday night. The goal proved to be the game winner in the 2 - 1 victory.

Brahmas Rebound For 2 - 1 Win Over Topeka

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It was Déjà vu all over again at the NYTEX Sports Centre as for the fourth series in a row the Lone Star Brahmas and Topeka Road Runners split a two game series after Topeka won game one of the set.

 

Conner Enciso kicked off the scoring early at just 1:10 into the first with an assist to Kellen Wasell. Wasell stripped James Ring just inside the blueline and found Enciso stationed near the far post. Enciso’s initial shot was blockered aside by Drew Vogler, but Enciso stayed with the play. His second shot was sent on goal over the sprawled netminder, off Tomas Nechala and into the open net.

 

Topeka was able to knot the score at one apiece with just under four minutes to go in the period while on the power play. The Road Runners had good puck movement around the perimeter with time winding down in the man advantage. Ryan Polin sent a pass from the far point to Cody Champagne on the near point for a onetimer through traffic in front and behind TJ Black.

 

Newly acquired Thomas Aldworth picked up his first goal in a Brahmas sweater and first in the NAHL on the power play at 10:15 of the second. The Brahmas won a faceoff to Vogler’s right as the draw was pulled back to the near point where Austin Thielges sent it to Aldworth at the half wall. Aldworth stick handled around a defenseman before feeding it to Wasell just off the near post. Aldworth made a bee line for the front of the net and was there to clean up the rebound of the Wasell shot, firing it into the twine.

 

The Brahmas came out of the second intermission with a one goal lead, but had to scramble to hang on to it after Ben Owen was whistled for a tripping major at 3:55 on what appeared to be a clean open ice hip check to Mike Gornall. The check sent Gornall head over heals and left him crumpled on the ice needing attention from the trainers. With Lone Star down a man for an extended period, the Road Runners controlled the final stanza outshooting the Brahmas 11 – 1 in the period. However, Black stood on his head to preserve the one goal lead.

 

The Road Runners held the advantage in shots on goal at 31 – 12 and each team was 1 – 5 on the power play.

 

The Brahmas will continue their home stand next weekend against the Corpus Christi Icerays. Lone Star swept the Icerays in their last meeting in early January. Tickets are available for both games by visiting the NYTEX Sports Centre Box Office or by calling the Brahmas Sales Office at 817-336-4423.

 

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

 

Wichita Falls at Odessa

 

The Wildcats built a 2 – 1 lead in the second  period on goals by Kyle Bauman and Will Vosejpka then added unassisted goals from Colin Staub and Rudy Junda in the third for a 4 – 1 win. David Zevnik faced only 17 shots in the victory.

 

Amarillo at Corpus Christi

 

Amarillo got a 21 save shutout from Paul Berrafato to back goals from Cody Gylling and a pair from Kyle Garrelaro. The 3 – 0 setback extended the Icerays losing streak to six games.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

 

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

xAmarillo

49

35

12

2

72

0.735

xTopeka

48

30

13

5

65

0.677

Rio Grande

48

27

14

7

61

0.635

Wichita Falls

47

25

19

3

53

0.564

Corpus Christi

50

16

24

10

42

0.420

Lone Star

51

18

30

3

39

0.382

Odessa

49

13

32

4

30

0.306

 

x = Clinched playoff spot

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