Lone Star Brahmas Sweep Roadrunners Back To Topeka


After taking the game to the Roadrunners in Friday night’s 5 – 1 win, the Lone Star Brahmas came into game two looking to continue their momentum. The first period saw a lot of physical and end to end play, but ended with neither team able to find the back of the net.

The second period was a mirror image of the first until the 13:38 mark when Liam Stirtzinger stepped off the bench and made a play at the near point to keep the puck on side. Hogan Davidson picked it up and carried it to the left wing dot then sent it back to Nick Ford who found Stirtzinger in the far circle for a laser beam past Drew Vogler glove side.

The Roadrunners got the goal back with just 18.8 seconds left in the period off a draw to Jake Kupsky’s right. The puck bounced around and found its way to Tyler Irvine off the right post. Kupsky got most of Irvine’s point blank shot, but it bounced behind him and in before he could sweep it aside. Carlos Fornaris and Mike Gornall got the assists.

Topeka made a strong push for the lead at 5:45 of the third when they went into the zone on a 2 on 1 rush. Caleb Thompson laid out to take away the passing lane leaving Kupsky to handle the shooter and handle him he did. Kupsky stone Jasen Fernsler with the glove hand keeping the game deadlocked at one. The save would prove to be huge as the two teams skated even until the 15:09 mark when Ford knocked down a Topeka stretch pass in front of the penalty box and hit Oskar Andren in stride down the far wall. Andren did the rest as he pulled it to the top of the circle and fired it short side on Vogler giving the Brahmas a one goal lead. Clinging to the one goal lead the Brahmas went on the penalty kill at 16:17. The Roadrunners had pressure and twice Bud Madej gave up the body to block shots deep in the zone to help kill off the man advantage. Topeka pulled Vogler with 1:39 to go and the Brahmas took just 39 seconds to get the insurance goal. Ludvig Larson started the play when he pulled the puck out a scramble in front of Kupsky and gave it to Pat Egan who hit Sebastian Vidmar with a touch pass in front of the bench. Vidmar fought past the defender, skated in and put it in the empty net for the 3 – 1 win and sweep of the Roadrunners.

Shots on goal were even at 24 apiece and both teams were 0 – 4 on the power play.

The assist by Larsson gives him a seven game point streak. Vidmar extended his five game point streak and added to his league lead in goals scored. Kupsky picked up his sixth win in seven decisions and has yet to lose in regulation. Lone Star now has a five game win streak overall and a seven game home win streak. They will look to extend both when they welcome the Rio Grande Killer Bees into the NYTEX Sports Centre on November 14th and 15th.


Elsewhere Around The NAHL South Division

Odessa – Corpus Christi

The Icerays jumped out to a 2 – 1 first period lead on goals from Ryan Cusin and Nathan Bryer with Bryer’s coming on the power play. Wes Michaud had the only goal in the second as Corpus Christi took a two goal lead into the second intermission. After the Jackalopes had pulled to within one goal, Connor Kelly scored with 46 seconds left to ice the game away for Corpus Christi. Andrew Lindgren stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced for the win.

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Amarillo – Wichita Falls

The Wildcats got power play goals from Kevin Charyszyn in the first and Cam Knight 26 second into the third followed by an Austin Beaulieu even strength goal while David Zevnik pitched a shutout to down the Bulls 3 – 0. Zevnik faced 22 shots in the contest.

Rio Grande – Wenatchee

All the scoring in regulation came in the second period as both teams put up two points in the middle frame. The Wild got goals from Christ Jones and Ryan Gotelaere with the second coming just 4 seconds before the horn sounded. After a scoreless third and over time periods the contest went to a shootout with David Powlowski and Troy Conzo finding the twine for Wenatchee to pick up the extra point. Zach Quinn made 23 saves for the win.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Wichita Falls151140220.733
Corpus Christi19964220.579
Lone Star151041210.700
Rio Grande16754180.563