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Lone Star Brahmas Ground Topeka Pilots With Sweep

Lone Star Brahas - netminder Ludbvig Persson Photo courtesy of Hatley Studios: Lone Star Brahmas goalie Ludvig Persson recorded his league leading fourth shutout with a 3-0 win over the Topeka Pilots.

 

After a 4-1 win on Friday night the Lone Star Brahmas took to the Landon Arena ice against the Topeka Pilots looking to complete the sweep and pad their NAHL South Division lead.

Things got off to a quick start for the Brahmas as Joey Baez jarred the puck loose along the far halfwall. Thomas Daskas picked it up and as he was heading below the goal line dropped it back to Eric Huss. Daskas continued behind the net out the other side to redirect the shot from Huss over the left pad of Guy Blessing at 6:32. Michal Stinil potted a power play goal at 10:12 onetiming a cross ice pass from Matt Guerra to add to Guerra’s league leading assist total.

With only 57 seconds left in the contest, Kyler Yeo got behind the defense and fired a shot from point blank range that Ludvig Persson wore off his chest to protect the two goal lead.

Nearing the midpoint of the contest the Pilots went on a 5 on 3 power play for 1:17. Down two goals, Topeka coach Simon Watson used his timeout to set things up. Lone Star stood strong holding the Pilots at bay for over a minutes when Patriks Ozols corralled a loose puck and skated it up ice on a shorthanded odd man rush prompting Connor Zilisch to take a slashing penalty to wipe out the balance of the 5 on 3.

Stinil iced it away with his second of the night with an empty netter at 19:26 after a defensive zone faceoff win by Drew DeCarlo.

Ludvig Persson picked up his league leading fourth shutout of the season.

Topeka won the shots on goal battle 31-23 but the Lone Star Brahmas won the special teams play going 1-4 with the man advantage while holding the Pilot scoreless on two opportunities. With the win the Lone Star Brahmas pushed their division lead to five points.

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Corpus Christi at Odessa

After falling behind 2-0 the Icerays came back to cut the lead in half with a Stephen Kyrkostas goal prior to the first intermission. Ryan Coughlin pulled Corpus Christi even early in the second, but Odessa would once again take the lead. Brandon Cimino knotted the score at 3-3 heading into the third. In the final frame Kyle Bydme, Michael Krumpinski and Erik Bargholtz all scored as the Icerays completed the comeback for a split of the two game series. Cal Sandquist picked up the win on 29 saves.

Amarillo at New Mexico

The Bulls scored four times in the second period to earn a split of the two game series in New Mexico. Devan Tongue scored twice early in the frame followed by goals from Noah Carlin and Jordan Venegoni in front of 23 saves from Charlie Glockner.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

Lone Star Brahmas 22 16 5 0 1 33
Amarillo Bulls 20 13 4 1 2 29
Topeka Pilots 24 13 9 1 1 28
Shreveport Mudbugs 20 13 7 0 0 26
Corpus Christi IceRays 24 10 9 2 3 25
Odessa Jackalopes 19 7 10 1 1 16
New Mexico Ice Wolves 21 4 16 0 1 9

 

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