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Lone Star Brahmas Mount Big Comeback

Lone Star Brahmas defenseman Matthew Rickard is Bauer NAHL South Division Player of the Week. Matthew Rickard scored the game winner for the Lone Star Brahmas who came storming back from a 3-0 first period deficit to take a 5-4 win over the New Mexico Ice Wolves.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and New Mexico Ice Wolves opened a three in three series Thursday at the Outpost Ice Arena in Albuquerque. Lone Star entered the series setting atop the NAHL South Division while New Mexico is in the division cellar 24 points behind the Brahmas.

Despite the huge difference in the division standings, it was the resurgent Ice Wolves who took early control of the contest. Zach Frisk put back a rebound of a Mitchell Becker shot from the blueline through Cayden Bailey at the 3:17 mark putting New Mexico up 1-0. The lead went to two on an odd man rush when a Connor Kemp centering pass went off the stick of Brahmas’ defender Cole Bielke crossing up Bailey and sneaking into the net at 9:15. Spencer Rudrud and Alex Gomez picked up assists on the play.

The Kemp goal chased Bailey from net in favor of Ludvig Persson.

Things went from bad to worse for Lone Star. They killed off the front half of a 5 on 3 power play, but with about a minute left in the 5 on 4 Brandon Holt pushed it down the far wall to Rudrud who found Drew Lorinchack on the backdoor with a pass through the crease. Lorinchack redirected it past Persson before he could get across to the near post. Time of the goal was 19:05.

Matt Guerra started what the Brahmas hoped would be a big comeback at the 2:56 mark of the second after a New Mexico turn over at there own blueline. Guerra picked up the puck and went streaking in all alone and snapped a wrister over the glove hand of Josh Graziano. Michal Stinil was credited with the assist on the Guerra goal. The Brahmas cut it to one just as a power play expired. Eric Huss pushed it to Patriks Ozols at the far point. Ozols circled to the middle then fired one toward net that Thomas Daskas redirected into the twine at 9:51. Just 1:27 later it was a new game after Josh Martin hit Will Stromp with a pass in neutral ice and the Plano native did the rest. After blowing by Joe Prouty at the top of the near circle, Stromp went forehand-backhand and pushed it past the left skate of Graziano to make it 3-3.

The Brahmas took their first lead of the night when Matthew Rickard took a pass at the Lone Star blueline from Bielke. Rickard went flying down the ice, lowered his shoulder to cut inside of Becker and put a backhander off a defender past Graziano. Time of the goal was 0:37. A strong individual effort by Stomp gave Lone Star an insurance goal. He carried the puck down the left wing, cut through the slot as he split the defense. He circled back up top to the top of the far circle and sent a wrister toward net. The puck went off a skate, but Stomp gathered it in and snapped it past the right pad of Graziano at 10:44. Daskas and Joey Baez logged assists on the goal.

New Mexico made it interesting scoring a shorthanded goal at 19:38. Griffen Sanom picked off a Stinal pass in the Ice Wolves zone and sent Alex Gomez the other way. Gomez drove the net and put it over the glove hand of Persson to cut the lead to a single goal.

The Lone Star Brahmas out shot New Mexico 41-28. The Ice Wolves had the only power play goal on the night going 1-2 while the Brahmas were 0-3.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

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Current NAHL South Standings

 

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Lone Star Brahmas

23

17 5 0 1

35

Amarillo Bulls

20

13 4 1 2

29

Topeka Pilots

24

13 9 1 1

28

Corpus Christi IceRays

25

11 9 2 3

27

Shreveport Mudbugs

20

13 7 0 0

26

Odessa Jackalopes

20

7 11 1 1

16

New Mexico Ice Wolves

22

4 17 0 1

9

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