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WEEKEND RECAP

The Lone Star Brahmas were 4-0-0 at home. Topeka was 9-0-1 in their last ten games. The table was clearly set for an exciting series in North Richland Hills, TX, and the South Division foes delivered, with the Brahmas sweeping the Runners over the weekend.

 

In the first period of game one, both teams came out with some great energy and created decent chances at both ends. Lone Star got the first tally at 7:18 when Hogan Davidson swiped the puck away in the Topeka zone and ripped it home down low from above the right circle. Then at 12:36, Lone Star's Pat Egan took a pass from Sebastian Vidmar and fired a wrister from the left wing that eluded Drew Vogler on the glove side for a 2-0 Brahma lead.

 

When the second period began, Topeka was in a position to cut into the Brahma lead, having a four minute double minor power play and a clean sheet of ice to work with. The Brahmas killed both segments successfully though, and added to their lead at 8:53 as the 'Runners mishandled a puck at the side of their own net allowing Lone Star an easy finish for a 3-0 edge. Topeka got a power play goal from Daniel Brickley on a hard shot from the midpoint that appeared to change direction on the way in that cut the Brahma lead to 3-1, but two more Topeka power plays yielded no success and the Brahma lead held at 3-1 through 40 minutes with shots on goal even at 16 apiece.

 

The Brahmas pulled away in the final frame, with a power play goal by Alexey Solovyev sneaking past a screened Vogler at 4:49 to make it 4-1, and a bouncing rebound at 6:50 allowed Egan his second goal of the night for the final 5-1 margin.

 

After a disappointing loss on Friday night, the RoadRunners came out with a more solid effort on Saturday but in the end, made a couple of mistakes that allowed the Lone Star Brahmas to post a 3-1 win and complete the weekend sweep.

 

In the opening frame, each team managed a couple of decent chances but things were basically even, with each team having two power plays, 7 shots on goal and a scoreless tie to show for their efforts.

 

Lone Star found an open spot on the back door at 13:38 of the second and Liam Stirtzinger snapped home the crossing pass for a 1-0 lead. The 'Runners tied it up when Tyler Irvine swept home the rebound of a Mike Gornall shot in the final minute and the second period ended with the teams knotted up at a goal apiece.

 

As the game seemed headed toward a possible overtime with about 5:00 left to play, it was an opportunistic goal by Lone Star's Oskar Andren who pounced on a turnover and roofed it for a 2-1 lead. Topeka opted to pull the goalie for the extra skater but Sebastian Vidmar rifled it into the empty net for the final 3-1 margin.