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Lone Star Brahmas Matt Guerra Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Lone Star Brahmas forward, Matt Guerra, puts pressure on defenseman Brandon Holt. Guerra ended with five points on the night with 1G-4A.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas completed their weekend sweep of the visiting New Mexico Ice Wolves with a convincing 8-0 win on Saturday at NYTEX Sports Centre.

As it did the night before the first period ticked off the clock with neither team able to solve the netminders. Cayden Bailey faced down three Ice Wolves odd man rushes in the period, but was up to the task each time.

Fireworks erupted at the 8:18 mark of the second when Noah Roofe came across the slot and was cross checked to the ice by John Garvey who then stood over the Brahmas forward. As Roofe attempted to get back to his skates, Garvey gave him a two handed cross check to the back of the neck igniting a large scrum. Brendan Westbrook immediately went after Garvey, but was quickly pulled away by Michael McCosh. The two found themselves paired off near the bottom of the near faceoff circle and the gloves came off. Westbrook landed an overhand right which was answered by a right hook from McCosh. Westbrook landed one more right before McCosh drug him to the ice. Garvey earned a five minute major a game misconduct and an early shower.

Despite the five minute man advantage Lone Star was unable to score. It took the Brahmas over 36 minutes into the game to break the scoreless tie on a Michal Stinil power play one timer from the far hash marks with assists going to Matt Guerra and Matthew Rickard. The goal opened the floodgates as the offense began pouring it on. Their second goal of the frame came just 21 seconds later as Josh Martin made a big play at the blueline gloving down a clearing attempt. Martin fed Thomas Daskas on the back door for another power play goal. Joey Baez made it 3-0 with 35 seconds left in the period on an unassisted goal as he corralled a puck off the boards, made a nifty move around the defense and put it top shelf on Josh Graziano.

In the third Sam Brennan scored his fourth of the season on assists from Guerra and CJ Walker when the Brahmas defenseman sent one off the skate of Keegan Langefels and into the twine. Guerra would hit his first of the season firing a shot high glove side at 6:17 with a helper from Eric Huss.

Things quieted down briefly, but the Brahmas would tack on three more goals over the final six minutes of play. Cooper Haar found the back of the net at the 14:03 mark off a Malcolm Palmer rebound with Guerra getting the secondary assist. Lone Star’s third power play goal of the night was at the 15:27 mark with Rickard doing the damage on a slapper from the blueline with assists to Stinil and Walker. Newly acquired Skylar Gutierrez closed out the scoring with Sacha Guillemain and Guerra logging the assists. Time of the goal was 19:52.

Lone Star held a decisive shots on goal lead at 37-15 and the special teams took care of business with the power play clicking at 3-5 while the penalty kill held New Mexico scoreless at 0-3. With the win the Lone Star Brahmas remain undefeated pushing their record to 8-0-0-0 on the season. Bailey picked up his second shutout in a row and made it two shutouts for the Lone Star Brahmas on the weekend.

Next weekend the Lone Star Brahmas will hit the road for a pair against the 4-3-0-1 Amarillo Bulls followed by a Sunday afternoon tilt against the 0-9-0-1 Ice Wolves at the Outpost Ice Arena Albuquerque.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at Springfield

Warren Natyshak and Alexis Girard scored third period goals for the Mudbugs to erase a two goal deficit and force overtime. Matt Webber scored just over two minutes in OT for the game winner. Richie Parent picked up the win in net on 28 saves.

 

Amarillo at Topeka

Amarillo took the final game of the three game set to salvage two points out of their trip to the Kansas Expo Center. Matt Allen had the only goal of the first then Noah Carlin and Devan Tongue pushed the lead to 3-0 in the second. Johathan Young added one in the third before Topeka got their only marker of the night. Charlie Glockner was between the pipes to log the win on 18 shots faced.

 

Corpus Christi at Odessa

It took 65 minutes of hockey then three rounds of a shootout before Cole Golden scored the lone goal of the contest and the game winner. Cal Sandquist recorded the shutout win stopping all 27 shots he faced.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

 

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Topeka Pilots

12

8 3 1 0

17

Lone Star Brahmas

8

8 0 0 0

16

Corpus Christi IceRays

10

5 2 1 2

13

Shreveport Mudbugs

10

6 4 0 0

12

Amarillo Bulls

8

4 3 0 1

9

Odessa Jackalopes

6

3 1 1 1

8

New Mexico Ice Wolves

10

0 9 0 1

1

 

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