Fort Worth, TX – Lauri Sertti’s goal and Charlie Glockner’s three saves in the shootout lifted the Bulls over the Lone Star Brahmas, 3-2, to capture the team’s third victory in as many games against the Brahmas.
The first period began the same way that so many have this season, with the Bulls outshooting the Brahmas and generating a number of chance. Lone Star goaltender Cayden Bailey stood tall for almost the entire period before the Bulls would finally best him with seconds to go in the frame. Matt Allen slid a puck from below the goal line to the waiting stick of Nick Trela, who lifted a backhander past Bailey with just 16.6 seconds to go.
The Bulls took the 1-0 lead into the second period and returned to the ice determined to grow their lead. Amarillo would do just that, as Lauri Sertti sped down the right wing and lifted his second goal of the season over the shoulder of Bailey to give his team the 2-0 lead.
The lead would be cut in half shortly after when Noah Roofe found a deflected pass land on his stick blade and broke free for a breakaway to score the Brahmas’ first goal of the game.
The 2-1 Bulls lead would remain intact for a large portion of the third period, before the Brahmas would tie the game on a defected goal that caught the body of Thomas Daskas before slipping across the goal line to tie the game late in regulation.
With 60 minutes in the books, the two sides could not be separated and headed to overtime tied at 2-2. The extra frame would not produce the winning goal, so the sides headed for the shootout.
After Bulls goalie Charlie Glockner poked away the opening Lone Star chance, Sertti stepped onto the ice and used a head fake to slide the puck past Bailey to give the Bulls the lead. “We do a shootout on the day before games, and Lauri impresses,” said Head Coach Rocky Russo. “He finds a way to put the puck in the back of the net.”
Glockner would stop the next two Brahmas shooters, clinching the victory, the team’s third straight over Lone Star, with his first shootout win on the season. He would stop 21 of 23 throughout regulation.
With the win, the Bulls have now won three in a row against the Brahmas and four straight games dating back to the October 5 win against the Topeka Pilots.
The Bulls and the Brahmas will faceoff on Saturday night to round out the weekend. Mark Shelley will broadcast the game from the Spicy Mike’s Bar-B-Q Broadcast Booth, and the action will begin at 7:30PM CST on 107.1 Nash Icon and Hockey TV.