Lone Star edges Amarillo on Sunday in rubber match
Amarillo 2 @ Lone Star 3 - The Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls played the rubber game of their three game set on Sunday afternoon. The Brahmas won game one of the series 3 – 2 with the Bulls rebounding for a big 6 – 3 win on Saturday.
In the early moments of the game, Trevor Zenas out battled Jake Nitche in the far corner moving it to Aidan Spellacy who sent it to Austin O’Rourke in the left wing circle for a onetimer over Brandon Bussi’s right shoulder. Nearing the midway point of the opening period strong board play by Hunter Stanley opened Troy York for a point blank shot from just off the near post. Bussi somehow managed to make the save which Stanley dug out from between several skates and took it behind the net. Stanley reversed course and sent it to York once again in the near circle for a rocket into the back of the net.
Julian Biondo continued with is hot hand early in the second after Spellacy won a puck battle in the far corner pushing the puck behind the net. The Bulls’ Marcus Chorney controlled the puck, but as he tried to carry it out the near side, Biondo picked his pocket from behind and tucked it inside the near post at 5:46.
Amarillo got on the board after George Mika sticked away a John Zimmerman pass in front of the Bulls’ net sending Colin Price and Eric Cooley in on an odd man rush. Jakub Melisko hustled back to seal off the passing lane leaving Alec Calvaruso to handle the shooter Price. Price’s low shot went off of Calvaruso’s left pad and stayed in the paint for Cooley to poke past the Brahmas’ netminder before he could recover. With 5:40 to go in the frame, Matt Nehls fired a puck into the zone from the centerline that went wide of Calvaruso’s net far side. The Rebound jumped back out front for Brendan Walkom who had blown past Frank Trazzera and his backhander found its way between the far post and Calvaruso.
The third period was pretty evenly played, but neither team could find the back of the net handing the Brahmas a 3 – 2 victory and a 2 – 1 series win.
Calvaruso made 22 saves in the win, while Bussi made 32 saves in the loss.