Photo Courtesy of David Dudich: Thomas Aldworth used his speed to get past defenders all evening long. However, it was in the shootout where he really shined going top shelf for the win.

Brahmas Return Favor With Shootout Win Over Wildcats


Saturday night saw the Lone Star Brahmas complete the home portion of the season series with the Wichita Falls Wildcats. The Wildcats had secured the fourth and final playoff spot in the NAHL South with their shootout win on Friday, but the Brahmas still had something to play for setting only two points behind Corpus Christi in the standings.

Wichita Falls broke through on the power play off a scrum to TJ Black’s left. The puck finally came out of the pile right onto the tape of Tyler Ledford setting on the back door and he put it in the open net. Assists were credited to Sam Piazza and Alfred Johansson. Time of the goal was 16:34.

At 5:33 of the second the puck was sent from behind the Wildcats cage up the far boards where Austin Thielges stepped into one that ate up David Zevnik. Zevnik got most of it but it bounced behind him and Derek Barach, playing in only his second game with the Brahmas as an affiliate player, poked the loose puck over the line. Michael Crowley picked up an assist on the play.

The third stanza and overtime were scoreless, thanks to some outstanding goalie play on both ends of the ice, leading to the second shootout in as many nights.

Rudy Junda started as the first shooter for the Wildcats and put them up one beating Black blocker side.

Liam Stirtzinger tied it up for the Brahmas in the third round waving his stick down the ice before putting it past the left skate of Zevnick. Thomas Aldworth finished it off as the last shooter. He started wide left got Zevnick to drop onto the near post then put it top right corner over the glove hand sending the Brahmas players spilling off the bench in celebration. With the win and two points the Brahmas pulled even with the Corpus Christi Icerays for fifth place in the division. Lone Star holds the tie breaker over Corpus Christi with 20 wins to the Icerays 17. Both teams have five games remaining.

Once again the Brahmas were outshot handily 41 – 23 and the power play which had looked like it found life against the Icerays last weekend, ended up 0 – 8. The penalty kill held the Wildcats to 1 – 5 on the night.

Boxscore

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Topeka at Amarillo

The Road Runners completed the road sweep of the Amarillo Bulls starting with an unassisted goal from James Ring at 4:25 of the second. From that point on all goals were scored with the man advantage. Daniel Ravsky added to the Topeka lead less than two minutes after the Ring score. Tyler Poulsen and Jasen Fernsler put the visitors up by four before the Bulls scored twice to make it interesting. PJ Bridges made 39 saves for the win.

Kenai River at Corpus Christi

The Brahmas got the help they needed from the Brown Bears as the scored three unanswered goals after the Icerays took a one goal lead into the first intermission. Frankie Spellman got a second period marker to even things out and then Jacob Wolter and Alec Butcher put it away with third period tallies. Kris Oldham allowed only the first period goal on 28 shots faced for the victory.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

xAmarillo

52

36

13

3

75

0.721

xTopeka

52

34

13

5

73

0.702

xRio Grande

53

30

16

7

67

0.632

xWichita Falls

51

27

20

4

58

0.569

Lone Star

55

20

31

4

44

0.400

Corpus Christi

55

17

28

10

44

0.400

Odessa

54

14

35

5

33

0.306

x – Clinched Playoff Berth

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