Photo Courtesy of David Dudich: Brahmas goal tender TJ Black once again did everything he could to give his team a chance to win making 44 saves through overtime and 4 of 5 in the shootout.

Brahmas Suffer Tough Luck Shootout Loss To Wildcats


With the home portion of the NAHL schedule winding down, the Lone Star Brahmas welcomed the Wichita Falls Wildcats into the NYTEX Sports Centre on Friday night to open their weekend series. The Brahmas were looking to snap their recent habit of losing game one and winning game two and they came close.

The Wildcats got a gift 5 on 3 late in the first period and took advantage on a shot from the point by Sam Piazza that was tipped in front by former Brahmas Todd Koritzinsky and past TJ Black. Time of the goal was 17:17.

The second period was scoreless, but the Brahmas went on the power play late with 1:39 being carried over to start the third with a clean sheet of ice.

Wichita Falls killed off the balance of the man advantage, but less than a minute later Alexey Solovyev loaded up and fired a bomb from the point that went off of David Zevnick and Hogan Davidson pounded it home to knot the score at one. Michael Crowley was credited with the secondary assist. Then at the 8:54 mark Anthony Mousseau carried the puck down the far boards, behind the Wildcat’s cage and fed it to Sebastian Vidmar at the near dot. Vidmar sent a pass to Matt Lison on the back door and he swatted it out of mid air and into the back of the net.

With 4:49 to go the Wildcats pulled even off a draw to Blacks right. Nick Farmer pushed the faceoff forward, stepped around Roman Uchyn and put it just past Black’s right skate sending the game to overtime.

Each team had opportunities in the extra period, but could not solve the netminders who both played big games on the evening.

There was only a single goal scored in the shootout. Unfortunately it came off the stick of Piazza to give the Wildcats the win and the extra point in the standings. The Wichita Falls win coupled with the Icerays loss to Kenai River has ensured the Wildcats a trip to the post season.

The Brahmas were outshot 46 – 22 on the night, but another stellar performance by Black had them in position to grab the win. Lone Star was 0 – 3 on the power play while the Wildcats were 1 – 3 with the man advantage.

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Elsewhere Around The NAHL South Division

Topeka at Amarillo

The Road Runners went into Amarillo looking to make a push to overtake the Bulls atop the division. They made a step toward that goal downing Amarillo 3 – 2 in overtime. Topeka took a first period lead on a goal by Sam Rennaker and then added to it with a second period tally by Tyler Poulsen on the power play. Amarillo came back with power play goals in the second and third periods to tie it up. The second of the goals came with just 24 ticks left on the clock and an empty net at the other end of the ice. Cody Champagne would finish it off for Topeka 2:03 into overtime. PJ Bridges made 25 saves in the win.

Kenai River at Corpus Christi

It was all Brown Bears along the Gulf Coast as Kenai River cruised to a 4 – 0 shutout of the Icerays. Zach Quinn made 34 saves in the shutout to back goals from Tyler Adams, Vincent Stefan, Frankie Spellman and Sebastian Fuchs. The loss left the Icerays only two points ahead of the Brahmas with each team having six games to play.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

xAmarillo

51

36

12

3

75

0.735

xTopeka

51

33

13

5

71

0.696

xRio Grande

53

30

16

7

67

0.632

xWichita Falls

50

27

20

3

57

0.570

Corpus Christi

54

17

27

10

44

0.407

Lone Star

54

19

31

4

42

0.389

Odessa

54

14

35

5

33

0.306

 x – Clinched Playoff Berth

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