Lone Star Brahmas Extend Win Streak To Nine Games


The Lone Star Brahmas entered their game against the Amarillo Bulls on Saturday night riding an eight game win streak after dropping the Bulls by a score of 5 – 2 on Friday. The physical play was on display from both teams through the first 40 minutes with several jarring checks but no scoring.

The Brahmas finally broke through at 5:51 of the third with the man advantage. Liam Stirtzinger pulled the puck out of the defensive zone and gave it up to Roman Uchyn in front of the Lone Star Bench. Uchyn took it behind the net while Stirtzinger went to the front to occupy the defense and Uchyn found Sebastian Vidmar on the backdoor for the goal. Once the scoring drought was broken it took Lone Star just over two minutes to find the back of the net once more. This time Alexey Solovyev sent it from the near point to Vidmar off the far post and he gave it to Stirtzinger just outside the crease for a shot past Jacob Weatherly glove side.

Amarillo got one back with a short handed goal with just 1:20 to go in the third. Joey DiBenedetto shot the puck from the far halfwall that found its way past a screened Jake Kupsky. Riley Christensen and Jesper Synnelius picked up the assists on the play.

Lone Star iced the game away with just 27.9 seconds to go on an empty netter by AJ Vanderbeck with assists to Vidmar and Solovyev for the final 3 – 1 score and a nine game win streak.

Once again the Brahmas won the shots on goal battle 27 – 18. They were 2 – 8 with the man advantage and held Amarillo to 0 – 6 but did allow the Bulls shorty. With the win Kupsky has won his last six decisions and is 8 – 0 – 1  on the season. His outstanding performance has earned him a commitment with NCAA D-I Union College the defending NCAA National Champion. Vidmar extended his point streak to nine games and has 16 points over that stretch. Lone Star will wrap up their three game series with Amarillo and their nine game home stand Wednesday at NYTEX Sports Centre on Military Appreciation Night.


Elsewhere Around The NAHL South Division

Odessa – Corpus Christi

The Icerays built a three goal lead midway through the second on goals by Ryan Cusin, Connor Bucsis and Anthony Cortese only to squander it by allowing three Jackalope tallies to go to overtime. In the extra period Wes Michaud scored at the 3:12 mark on a penalty shot to claim the win. Andrew Lindgren faced 39 shots in net for the win.

Springfield – Topeka

Topeka held a 2 – 0 lead going into the third and final period only to see the Jr Blues come roaring back with three goals in the final 11:15 to steal the victory. It was Springfield’s third win over the Roadrunners in their last four meetings.

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Rio Grande – Wichita Falls

The Wildcats who set one point ahead of the Brahmas in the standing are matching them stride for stride with a seven game win streak of their own. Tonight they went into the second period down one, but Evan Okeley pulled them even early in the second. Once again they found themselves down one going into the third period. Three goals from Jake Townsend, Shane Kuzmeski and Nick Farmer gave them the margin of victory they needed to hold onto second place in the division. David Zevnik allowed two goals on 22 shots for the win.

Wenatchee – Kenai River

The Wild traveled to Alaska to face the Brown Bears and ran out to a 4 – 0 lead through two periods on goals from David Powlowski and Shane Cuckovich in the first followed by a pair of Colin Burston goals in the second. The four goals were more than enough offense as Zach Quinn turned aside all 25 shots he faced.

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Wichita Falls191540300.789
Lone Star191441290.763
Corpus Christi221264280.636
Rio Grande217104180.429