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Lone Star Brahmas - Patriks Ozols Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: Lone Star Brahmas defenseman Patriks Ozols picked up his first of the season on a third period power play goal and Cayden Bailey stopped all 21 shots he faced in a 4-0 win over the Odessa Jackalopes.


The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes played the second of a three game series at the Ector County Coliseum Friday night. Lone Star took the opening contest 2-0 with Ludvig Persson picking up his league leading third shutout of the season.

Friday nights opening 20 minutes of play ticked off much in the same vein as that of Thursday with the teams tied 0-0 after the Brahmas had controlled play for much of the period.

Early in the second Thomas Daskas grabbed a loose puck atop the far circle and bumped it to Joey Baez cutting toward center. Baez skated through the high slot then spun and fed it back to Eric Huss for a onetimer. Aaron Randazzo made the initial save, but Daskas had gone to the blue paint and put back the rebound at 3:51. Moments later Shae Courtmanche set the puck on a tee for Malcolm Palmer with a nice centering pass, but Palmers blast caromed off the crossbar and back nearly to the blueline. A turnover by Gunner Moore left Noah Roofe all alone between the hashmarks. Randazzo was able to make the save on Roofe, but Courtmanche had a stab at it banging it off the prone netminder before Skylar Gutierrez was there to push it across the line. Time of the goal was 15:53.

Just 41 seconds into the third Cayden Bailey had to make a big save as Aeden Drossos tried to redirect a pass inside the near post, but Bailey moved well to close the door.

Patriks Ozols scored his first of the season on the power play at 6:05 of the third pushing the lead to three. On the play Baez dug the puck out of a five player battle in the corner then banked a pass of the far board to Ozols who rifled it through traffic and into the back of the net. Daskas and Baez went streaking down the ice on a two on one with Tyler Stewart back trying to defend. Daskas carried it deep before saucering it across to Baez for the redirect five hole on Randazzo at 12:12.

Shots on goal were 35-21 in favor of the Lone Star Brahmas and they controlled the special teams play as well going 1-3 with the man advantage while holding Odessa to 0-1. The shutout was the third of the season for Cayden Bailey who moved into a three way tie with goalie partner Ludvig Persson for the league lead.

The teams will wrap up their series tomorrow night with Lone Star looking to complete the sweep.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Fairbanks at Amarillo

The Icedogs took a 3-0 lead near the six minute mark of the third before David Hill and Aaron White cut the lead to one. Fairbanks would add an empty net goal for the 4-2 final. Max Gutjahr took the loss on 19 saves.

Topeka at Corpus Christi

Shane Bull got Corpus Christi going early in the second to tie the game 1-1. Topeka would score twice before the end of the period to go into the third riding a two goal lead. However, Bull scored his second of the night followed by Ryan Coughlin with just eight seconds left to force overtime then a shootout. Cameron Knowlton and Cole Golden would score in the four round shootout while Cal Sandquist who had replaced starter Jeremy Forman stopped three of the four shooter for the Pilot to claim the win.

Shreveport at New Mexico

There were five goals scored in the first with Jack Smiley, Brent Keefer and Ryan Waltman sandwiching three for the Mudbugs between two goals from the Ice Wolves. In the second it was Billy Feczko and Davis Goukler adding to Shreveport’s lead with the only goals of the frame. Sam Miller added another in the third with New Mexico getting one late to make the score look a little better. Maiszon Balboa picked up the win in net.


Current NAHL South Standings

Topeka Pilots 17 11 4 1 1 24
Lone Star Brahmas 15 11 3 0 1 23
Corpus Christi IceRays 17 9 5 1 2 21
Shreveport Mudbugs 15 10 5 0 0 20
Amarillo Bulls 13 8 4 0 1 17
Odessa Jackalopes 14 5 7 1 1 12
New Mexico Ice Wolves 14 1 12 0 1 3

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