Lone Star Brahmas Wrap Up Sweep Of Jackalopes


The Lone Star Brahmas won a rough and tumble affair against the Odessa Jackalopes on Friday night by a score of 5 – 2. The 150 penalty minutes handed out with just 31 seconds left in the contest resulted in multiple players wearing street clothes on Saturday when the puck was dropped.

It took the Brahmas only 1:55 to break the ice in their special Pink in the Rink sweaters. Quinn Carroll fired a shot from the point that Liam Stirtzinger tipped in front. Robin Johansson fought it off, but Stirtzinger jumped on his own rebound and put it over the sprawled netminder. Alexey Solovyev was credited with the secondary assist on the play. Hogan Davidson just missed the net less than a minute later ringing one off the right post.

Leo Lumm pulled the Jackalopes even on a drive by that snuck past Jake Kupsky’s left pad at 4:18 with the assists going to Derek Brown and Kenny Hausinger.

At 5:30, Razmuz Waxin-Engback crosschecked Davidson in the head as he drove the net resulting in a five minute major and an early shower for the Jackalopes forward. It took Lone Star only 16 seconds to cash in on the extended man advantage. They controlled the faceoff to Johansson’s right and Sebastian Vidmar cycled it behind the net where Cody Wickline slid it out the near side to Anton Santesson at the dot for a onetimer top shelf. A Brahmas’ turn over with just under four minutes left in the period turned Odessa Captain Chad Guderian loose on a lone man break. Kupsky came out to meet him, backed in and stoned him with the left pad to preserve the one goal lead.

After taking a 2 – 1 lead into the first intermission the Brahmas came out in the second and killed off the carry over of penalty kill. Then with just 2:17 gone in the middle frame, Santesson fed the puck to Oskar Andren below the goal line on the near side and he put it off Johansson’s backside and in.

Odessa got the goal back at 5:54 when the puck got to bouncing around in the slot with several players getting whacks at it. Kenny Hausinger got credit for the goal with Lumm and Brown registering the assists.

Lone Star’s special teams continued their torrid pace after going on the power play at the 10:05 mark. Again they scored almost immediately; Hayden Hanson sent the puck point to point for Solovyev. Solovyev moved it to Ludvig Larsson who ragged it into the middle and ripped it past Johansson glove side. Time of the goal was 10:40.

Odessa opened the third with a power play goal at 4:27 on a Lane Valimont shot from the point that eluded Kupsky stick side. Guderian and Alex Alger picked up the assists on the play.

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Wickline scored a shorty with 12:23 to go on a strong individual effort. He stepped up, picked Christian Hausinger’s pocket at the red line and went steaming into the zone untouched. He put a slick backhander over the right pad. Not to be outdone, Vidmar tallied a short handed goal of his own exactly 50 seconds later. Vidmar stole the puck deep and wrapped it around the far post for his fourth goal in two days.

Lone Star was 2 – 7 on the power play and held Odessa to 1 – 4, they also out shot the Jackalopes 32 – 20 on the night. The win give the Brahmas 12 points in their last seven games and paired with a loss by Corpus Christi and Wichita Falls having the weekend off, the Brahmas moved into second place in the NAHL South Division.


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Corpus Christi – Amarillo

The Bulls scored once in the first and four times in the second to build an insurmountable lead at home. Corpus Christi tried to mount a comeback with three in the third. Former Brahmas Captain AJ Duggan had three assists on the night to lead Amarillo in scoring. Anton Martinsson mad 24 saves for the win.

Topeka – Rio Grande

Topeka completed the sweep of the Killer Bees with a 4 – 2 win. The Roadrunners got two goals in the second from Cam Strong, one with Topeka on the penalty kill. Drew Vogler picked up the win facing 28 shots.

Fairbanks – Wenatchee

The Icedogs beat Wenatchee 3 – 2 in a shootout to complete the sweep. The Wild got goals from Tyler Rockwell and Ivan Bondarenko in a losing cause. Zach Quinn was saddled with the loss on with 24 saves.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Lone Star13841170.654
Wichita Falls11830160.727
Corpus Christi15654160.533
Rio Grande12552120.500