Green nets overtime game-winner, Pilots knock off Brahmas 3-2

The Topeka Pilots had momentum on their side, after equalizing the contest at one late in the second period Saturday night. 

After a goal from forward Valdemar Ahlberg put the game on even keel heading into the final 20 minutes, Topeka (18-22-7) ramped up the pressure in the final period. 

Eventually, the Pilots would finish off the Brahmas in the extra session. Forward Quinn Green took a slick feed at the blue line and ripped a slapshot into the back of the net, earning Topeka a 3-2 victory in overtime.  

Green’s tally was his 20th of the season, which leads the Pilots. 

Topeka now trails Corpus Christi by four points for the fourth and final playoff spot in the NAHL South Division. 

The Brahmas took an early lead, with defenseman Blake Evennou scoring his 11th goal of the season and second goal on the weekend at 2:26 of the first period. 

Pilots goaltender McLean Dorr was rock solid the remainder of the opening frame, stopping 9 of 10 shots on goal in the first period. 

In the second, Topeka had several powerplay chances, but they could solve goaltender Seth Eisele, who had 19 saves on 20 shots through the first two periods. 

Ahlberg evened the contest at 18:02 of the middle period, taking a feed from forward Connor Zilisch and wristing a shot past Eisele, making it 1-1 through two. Ahlberg was all alone in the slot on the play, as several Brahmas gathered around Zilisch. 

In the third, forward Brendan Schultz beat Eisele at 15:27, giving the late momentum to the Pilots, leading 2-1. 

With just over a minute remaining in regulation, forward Andrew DeCarlo scored a huge goal for the Brahmas, evening the contest at two and sending the game to overtime. 

Topeka returns to action March 1-2 at Landon Arena against the visiting Amarillo Bulls.