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 screenedJake 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.