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Lone Star Brahmas Complete Three Game Sweep

Lone Star Brahmas - Cayden Bailey Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: Lone Star Brahmas netminder Cayden Bailey recorded his fourth shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over the New Mexico Ice Wolves. Bailey now joins goalie partner Ludvig Persson as in a three way tie for the league lead in shutouts.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas went for the road sweep of the New Mexico Ice Wolves on Saturday at the Outpost Ice Arena. with wins of 5-4 and 4-1 in the first two games the Brahmas entered riding a four game win streak.

Lone Star scored first at the 14:59 mark of the opening frame. Joey Baez won the race to a puck in the near corner and slapped it up top to Matthew Rickard at the point for a slapshot off Josh Graziano. The rebound jumped out to the bottom of the far circle for Eric Huss to lift over the prone netminder. It was the Army commit’s second goal of the year and third point in as many nights.

Cayden Bailey faced only six shots on goal from the Ice Wolves in the period, but the ones that did come his way were quality shots which he absorbed.

Huss got the Brahmas second scoring play started putting a body on Mitchell Becker along the near boards to free the puck for Thomas Daskas. The Air Force commit found Baez between the hashmarks for a onetimer past Graziano at 4:58.  The lead went to three with the Brahmas on the power play and time winding down. Mitchell Digby sent a cross ice pass from the far point to Matt Guerra at the near halfwall. Guerra immediately sent one in front for Evan Googins to redirect over the left pad and under the crossbar.

With right at nine minutes left to play and the Ice Wolves on the power play Bailey made his biggest save of the night stoning Connor Kemp on the backdoor flashing out the glove to slap the puck away.

The Brahmas picked up a power play goal at 14:48. Guerra sent a cross ice pass to Michal Stinil who fired a shot off of Graziano with the rebound jumping out to the right wing. Stinil picked it up circled back up to the near point and curled into the high slot before sending an absolute bomb past Graziano’s glove hand.

The Lone Star Brahmas nearly doubled the Ice Wolves up in shots on goal leading 26-14. Lone Star also dominated the special teams play going 2-6 on the man advantage while stymieing New Mexico on their six opportunities.

 

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Odessa at Amarillo

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Shreveport at Corpus Christi

The Icerays jumped out to an early lead, but it did not last long. Ryan Waltman pulled Shreveport even just over four minutes later then Carson Nichols scored what would be the eventual game winner with just under eight minutes to go in the first. Bill Feczko scored in the second and Giovanni Procopio in the third as the Mudbugs pulled away. Richie Parent faced 24 shots in the win.

Current NAHL South Standings

GP W L OTL SOL PTS
Lone Star Brahmas 25 19 5 0 1 39
Amarillo Bulls 22 15 4 1 2 33
Shreveport Mudbugs 22 15 7 0 0 30
Topeka Pilots 24 13 9 1 1 28
Corpus Christi IceRays 27 11 11 2 3 27
Odessa Jackalopes 22 7 13 1 1 16
New Mexico Ice Wolves 24 4 19 0 1 9

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