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Lone Star Brahmas Push Streak To Four Games

Lone Star Brahmas Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: The Lone Star Brahmas pushed their win streak to four games with a 4-1 win over the New Mexico Ice Wolves. The win was tempered somewhat by what appeared to be a fairly serious knee injury to forward Jack Collins late in the game.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas took to the ice against the New Mexico Ice Wolves looking to run their win streak to four games. Lone Star had to overcome a shaky start Friday to score a 5-4 win over the Ice Wolves who were skating with confidence following wins in three of their last four games.

For the second game in a row it was the Ice Wolves who jumped out on top in the first. Alex Gomez picked up the puck in neutral ice, danced between Cole Beilke and Matthew Rickard just inside the blueline and fired a wrister off Ludvig Persson. Gomez jumped on the rebound and poked it under the pad at 13:07.

With 2:25 left in the opening frame, Rickard wound up and rang a slapshot off the post from the point just missing knotting the game up.

It went to a 1-1 game with the Lone Star Brahmas skating on the power play. Keegan Langefels tried to clear the puck, but Mitchell Digby went high to glove it down at the near point and sent it to Matt Guerra at the left hashmark. Guerra sent a pass between his legs to Evan Googins cruising through the slot for a onetimer glove side on Henrik Laursen at 5:36 of the second. It took the Brahmas only 1:41 to take the lead on a Joey Baez tally. After Dylan Smith’s shot was sent to the far boards, Baez chased it down, spun and rifled one on net that went off Laursen and in. Eric Huss got the next play started as he out muscled Cooper Anderson behind the New Mexico net to free the puck up for Baez who sent it out front. Thomas Daskas rifled it just inside the near post at 9:18.

With just over six minutes remaining in the second and the Ice Wolves on the power play, Zach Frisk redirected a shot from just outside the paint. Persson tracked the puck and was able to adjust to make a save with the right pad then covered it at the side of the cage.

Midway through the third Brahmas forward Jack Collins went down awkwardly against the near halfwall and stayed down in obvious pain grasping his left leg. Collins remained on the ice for an extended period before being helped off the ice straight to the dressing room putting no pressure on that left leg.

With just 0.3 seconds left, Guerra sent one from the defensive halfwall the distance of the ice into an open net to make it 4-1.

Shots on goal were even at 31-31. The Lone Star Brahmas won the special teams battle going 1-2 while holding New Mexico scoreless on four opportunities.

 

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Odessa at Amarillo

It was a barn burner in Amarillo as the Bulls and Jackalopes combined for 11 goals on the night. Jordan Venegoni started it early in the first. Odessa rebounded with two goals before Matt Allen tied it up late. The Jackalopes took a brief lead in the second then Niclas Puikkonen and Joshua Burke responded for the Bulls. From there the teams traded goals with Oliver Bezick and Nick Stapleton picking up the Amarillo tallies. Charlie Glockner started but Max Gutjahr picked up the win in relief.

Shreveport at Corpus Christi

The Mudbugs scored once in each period for a 3-1 win at American Bank Center. Sam Miller had the first period goal followed by Jacob Smith and Giovanni Procopio. Maiszon Balboa logged the win on 23 saves.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

 

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Lone Star Brahmas

24

18 5 0 1

37

Amarillo Bulls

21

14 4 1 2

31

Shreveport Mudbugs

21

14 7 0 0

28

Topeka Pilots

24

13 9 1 1

28

Corpus Christi IceRays

26

11 10 2 3

27

Odessa Jackalopes

21

7 12 1 1

16

New Mexico Ice Wolves

23

4 18 0 1

9

 

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