Photo Courtesy of David Dudich: Kellen Wasell's first period goal got the Brahmas off to a good start, but three Icerays goals in the final 3:17 sent Lone Star to a heart breaking 4 - 2 defeat.

Brahmas Lose Heartbreaker To Icerays 4 - 2

The Lone Star Brahmas opened their weekend series against the Corpus Christi Icerays on Pink in the Rink night, looking to finish out the month of February as their most productive of the season. In their last meeting the Brahmas completed a sweep of the Icerays after Corpus Christi had taken the first four games of the season series.

The Brahmas got on the board at the 13:02 mark on the power play. Austin Thielges fired a shot on net from the blueline that bounced out to Anthony Mousseu at the top of the far circle. Mousseau’s wrister went off of Icerays goalie Ben Myers and came to rest in the paint for Kellen Wasell to poke past the down and out netminder.

The lead did not last long. On a defensive zone faceoff the draw was pulled back by Jason Lem and Wes Michaud sent it past a screened Jett Salinas to pull the Icerays even at 16:55.

Sebastian Vidmar put the Brahmas back up with a strong wrap around goal at 8:33 of the second with assists to Matt Lison and Roman Uchyn with Lone Star again on the power play. The Vidmar goal was the only scoring of the second period.

Corpus Christi came roaring back with an unassisted power play goal from Connor Kelley off a turn over in the neutral zone. Kelley went on the attack and sent a wrister over Salinas’ glove hand at 16:43 of the final period. Then with 1:49 left the Icerays took their first lead of the night when Kelley and Jake Durflinger went in on an odd man rush. Salinas got most of the shot from the near circle, but it snuck just between the arm and body and trickled across the line. Then at 18:54 an empty net goal by Lucas Bennett from the Icerays defensive zone gave Corpus Christi the insurance goal for a 4 – 2 win.

The Brahmas controlled most aspects of the game except where it counted on the scoreboard. They outshot the Icerays 24 – 23 and dominated the physical play along the boards. Lone Star was 2 – 4 on the power play while holding Corpus Christi to 1 – 6. The win ensures that Corpus Christi will leave the NYTEX Sports Centre still clinging to fifth place in the NAHL South standings.

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

 

Rio Grande at Topeka

In what is shaping up to be a first round playoff matchup, the Road Runners sent a clear message to the Killer Bees. Topeka hung an eight spot on Rio Grande with three in the first, four in the second and one in the third. Tyler Poulsen had a five point night in the offensive outburst. PJ Bridges made 18 saves in the shutout win. The action was punctuated by a first period dust up that included three fights at the 19:35 minute mark.

Wichita Falls at Odessa

After jumping out to a one goal lead at 8:38 of the first, the Wildcats saw the Jackalopes pour in five unanswered goals for a 5 – 1 win.  Yoshihiro Kuroiwa was in net for Odessa and made 22 saves to pick up the victory.

Current NAHL South Standings

 

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

xAmarillo

50

36

12

2

74

0.740

xTopeka

49

31

13

5

67

0.684

xRio Grande

50

28

15

7

63

0.630

Wichita Falls

48

25

20

3

53

0.552

Corpus Christi

52

17

25

10

44

0.423

Lone Star

52

18

31

3

39

0.375

Odessa

51

14

33

4

32

0.314

x = Clinched Playoff Spot

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