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Lone Star Brahmas Win Streak Stands At Seven

Lone Star Brahmas forward Michal Stinil Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing: Michal Stinil scored two and the Lone Star Brahmas shutout the New Mexico Ice Wolves 4-0 on Friday night to push their win streak to seven games.


The Lone Star Brahmas came into a contest against the visiting New Mexico Ice Wolves at NYTEX Sport Centre on Friday night in what on paper anyway should have been a rather lopsided affair. The Brahmas were undefeated on the season while the Ice Wolves had yet to find the win column in eight games played.

However, New Mexico definitely came to play on this night. Lone Star dodged a bullet early as Zach Frisk snuck one past Ludvig Persson just 36 seconds into the game. The only saving grace for the home squad was that the net had come off its moorings wiping out the goal. A big defensive play by Billy Simms with six minutes gone bailed the Brahmas out once again. New Mexico peppered a couple shots on goal that Persson was able to turn aside. Petr Rhilippov grabbed the puck in the high slot and with Persson scrambling to get back in position fired one on net. Simms flew in behind his netminder to make a huge skate save and thwart the scoring opportunity.

At the 16:23 mark, Matt Guerra picked up the puck in the defensive zone and from the near halfwall and hit Noah Roofe in stride in front of the penalty boxes. Roofe skated into the zone drawing the defense then saucered a pass across to Sam Brennan crashing the near post for the redirect past Josh Langford and a one goal lead.

New Mexico had another golden opportunity early in the middle frame with Griffen Sanom using a bad bounce off the boards to get behind the defense. He went steaming in on net, but Persson stood his ground flashing out the right pad kicking it to the corner.

Lone Star came out of their slumber shortly after with Michal Stinil taking advantage of the amped up pressure scoring on two breakaways to push the lead to 3-0. On the first Persson made a save and pushed the puck to Brennan who sent a homerun pass to a streaking Stinil across the red line. The Czech Republic native stick handled the sent it five hole at 7:47. The second goal was much the same except this time it was reigning NAHL Defenseman of the Month Matthew Rickard who got it started. His breakout pass sent Stinil flying up the ice with the puck on his tape. He skated in deep forcing Langford to commit to the far post then pulled it back and flipped a backhander off the numbers on the netminders back and across the line. Time of the goal was 19:52.

The Lone Star Brahmas pushed it to a four goal lead at 13:42 of the third. The teams lined up for an offensive zone faceoff in the rightwing circle. Thomas Daskas stepped to the dot and won it cleanly back to Joey Baez in the shooting position for a big onetimer into the twine.

Shots on goal were 29-14 in favor of Lone Star. Both teams were scoreless on the power play with the Brahmas 0-3 and Ice Wolves 0-4.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Shreveport at Springfield

The Mudbugs were shutout in Springfield as Maiszon Balboa suffered his first loss of the season facing 21 shots on goal.


Amarillo at Topeka

Luc Salem gave Topeka the lead in the first and Shawn Kennedy added an insurance goal in the third as Topeka downed the Bulls for the second game in a row. Jakub Dobes picked up the shutout win on 47 saves.


Corpus Christi at Odessa

The Icerays used a single goal in each period to down the Jackalopes 3-1. Ryan Coughlin, Evan Carroll and Cole Golden accounted for the Corpus Christi scoring while Cal Sandquist stopped 24 of 25 for the win.


Current NAHL South Standings




Topeka Pilots


8 2 1 0


Lone Star Brahmas


7 0 0 0


Corpus Christi IceRays


4 2 1 2


Shreveport Mudbugs


5 4 0 0


Odessa Jackalopes


3 1 1 0


Amarillo Bulls


3 3 0 1


New Mexico Ice Wolves


0 8 0 1




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