On their final home game of the NAHL season the Lone Star Brahmas had a chance to sweep the division leading Amarillo Bulls for the second time on NYTEX Sports Centre ice this season. Lone Star pulled out a dramatic come from behind shootout win on Friday night to set up the showdown.
Amarillo got two goals off of offensive zone faceoff wins. The first was scored by Kyle Gattelaro (Roman Ammirato) and then by Joe Grabowski (Brady Ferguson, Gattelaro) on the power play. Between the two Bulls tallies the Brahmas had a goal waived off when the referee said it went in off of Hogan Davidson's glove. The Brahmas got one that did count with just 14 seconds to go in the period. Thomas Aldworth (Kellen Wasell, Cody Wickline) put the puck in on a scramble in front of Collin Delia. On the ensuing faceoff, Hogan Davidson and Eric Purcell got the crowd going with a spirited bout leaving Purcell with a bit of a shiner for his troubles.
Amarillo once again scored two in the second before the Brahmas could get on the board. Szjaner (Matt Seickhaus) and Gattelaro (Mitchell Vanderburg, Szajner) which chased Black from net. Conner Enciso scored an unassisted goal on a scamper down the near boards with 2:25 to go, but Mike Davis (Gattelaro, Amirato) scored just over one minute later to go to the lockerroom with a 5 – 2 lead.
Lone Star came out firing in the third and Enciso scored just 1:08 into the period, With assists to Aldworth and Wasell. Once again the Bulls responded quickly with Cody Gylling (Vanderburg) putting in a rebound.
In a rather scary moment, Aldworth put a huge hit on Brendan Vetter at the near halfwall that left Vetter bleeding profusly from the forehead. Vetter went to the lockerroom with the Brahmas' team doctor, but in typical hockey player fashion returned to the bench several minutes later with stitches running from his hairline to just above his right eyebrow and strapped on his helmet.
Amarillo continued to pour on the offense, Seickhaus stole the puck deep in the Brahmas zone and slid it past Salinas unassisted at the 9:01mark. Timmy Moore followed 1:19 later with assists to Patrick Pollock and Purcell for the 8 – 3 final.