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Lone Star Brahmas Win Wild One In Odessa

Lone Star Brahmas Road Celebration Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: The Lone Star Brahmas completed a three game road sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes on Saturday by a score of 7-4.

 

Saturday night the Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes wrapped up their three game series at the Ector County Coliseum. The Brahmas had shutout the Jackalopes on their home ice in the first two games of the series setting themselves up to complete the sweep in game three.

Things did not start well for the Brahmas with Odessa jumping on top just 2:04 into the contest. After a faceoff win in the Brahmas zone the Jackalopes moved it D to D along the blueline for John Serafin to blast one on net from the far point. Former Brahma Vilho Saariluoma deflected it off the inside of Cayden Bailey’s right pad and across the line.

On the ensuing faceoff Matt Hutton and Brendan Westbrook dropped the gloves and tied up. Hutton got the right loose briefly and threw a couple that did little or no damage. Westbrook fed him a left jab then tried to land a right of his own before they both went to the ice.

It didn’t take long for Lone Star to reset the game at 1-1. Noah Roofe fired one on net from the far halfwall that went off a body in front to Sam Brennan near the blueline. Brennan turned it around with a wrister that was tipped in front by Dylan Smith and past Zach Stern. Time of the goal was 4:56.

Odessa was whistled for a hooking at 6:45 and then a bench minor at the same time putting them down two men. Lone Star set up in the zone with Matthew Rickard and Michal Stinil playing catch up top. Stinal sent it to Matt Guerra at the halfwall then slid back to the top of the near circle for the return pass that he spanked into the back of the net at 7:05. Just 1:41 later Roofe sent a cross ice pass to Joey Baez who spun and put it back across the crease to Roofe who had followed his pass for a onetimer chasing Stern from net in favor of Aaron Randazzo. Cooper Haar and Thomas Daskas made it a three goal lead with a give and go. Haar carried it into the far circle then slammed on the brakes and found Daskas trailing. As Daskas went by he dropped it back to Haar and he sent it off Randazzo and inside the near post at 12:05. Fourty seconds later the Brahmas came in on another rush with Eric Huss skating it up the far side then sending it across the crease to Guerra. Guerra sent a backhanded pass to Rickard in the slot for a onetimer over the prone netminder.

A strong individual effort by Michael Sacco stopped the bleeding for Odessa when he managed to get around Brennan at the far hashmark then stickhandling to the paint before putting it over Bailey’s left pad at 14:26. Ben Thomas cut into the Brahmas lead further with 4:01 left in the frame putting it past the glove hand of Ludvig Persson who had replaced Bailey following the Sacco goal.

At the 9:28 mark of the second Baez sent a pass from below the goal line to Patriks Ozols at the far halfwall. The Latvian defenseman walked it to the right wing hashmark and blasted one glove side on Randazzo for his second goal in as many nights.

Sacco scored his second of the night on a two on one rush lifting a shot over a diving Josh Martin and past the glove hand of Persson at 8:05 of the third.

Guerra took a pass from Huss in neutral ice and scored an empty net goal with two minutes left to play to close out the scoring and complete the sweep.

Officially Odessa outshot Lone Star 25-13. However, the Lone Star Brahmas won the special teams battle going 2-3 on the power play while holding the Jackalopes scoreless on their three opportunities.

 

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Fairbanks at Amarillo

Andrew Young scored twice for Amarillo. Once in the first along with Jordan Venegoni and again in the second. However, the Icedogs tied it up in the third and won it in overtime. Charlie Glockner took the loss on 18 saves.

Topeka at Corpus Christi

The Pilots won a defensive battle 1-0 off a goal from Kaiden Scott at 2:56 of overtime. Guy Blessing stopped all 28 he faced in the win.

Shreveport at New Mexico

The Mudbugs got a goal in the second from Ryan Waltman and one in the third from Conor Witherspoon to down the Ice Wolves 2-1 and complete the weekend sweep. Richie Parent recorded the win in net for Shreveport.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

GP W L OTL SOL PTS
Topeka Pilots 18 12 4 1 1 26
Lone Star Brahmas 16 12 3 0 1 25
Shreveport Mudbugs 16 11 5 0 0 22
Corpus Christi IceRays 18 9 5 2 2 22
Amarillo Bulls 14 8 4 1 1 18
Odessa Jackalopes 15 5 8 1 1 12
New Mexico Ice Wolves 15 1 13 0 1 3

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