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Lone Star Brahmas Shutout Visiting Pilots

Lone Star Brahmas - Thomas Daskas Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Thomas Daskas had a goal and an assist in the Brahmas win over the Topeka Pilots Friday night.


The Lone Star Brahmas opened their final home series of 2019 Friday against the visiting Topeka Pilots in a battle of number one vs three in the NAHL South.

Patriks Ozols gave the Brahmas the lead at 14:18 of the first in his first game back from competing with Team Latvia at the World Juniors. On the play Thomas Daskas rifled one on net from the far circle that Guy Blessing kicked to the corner. Joey Baez tracked it down and pushed back up to Ozols at the point and he sent a wrister through a Daskas screen over the right shoulder of Blessing into the twine.

With about 4:30 gone in the second Connor Zilisch made a move to get around the defense leaving him one on one with Ludvig Persson, but the Brahmas netminder was up to the task flashing out the pad to turn aside the scoring opportunity .

The lead went to two goals for Lone Star with 3:24 to go in the middle frame when Baez dropped a pass for Sam Brennan in the near circle. Brennan found Daskas front for a redirect. Blessing made the initial save, but Daskas stayed with the play and put back his own rebound over the right pad.

The final 20 minutes ticked off the clock with no further scoring handing the Brahmas a 2-0 win.

Shots on goal were even at 22 apiece. The Lone Star Brahmas were 0-4 on the power play while the Pilots were 0-1. Ludvig Persson picked up his sixth shutout on the season to regain a share of the NAHL lead.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Corpus Christi at Shreveport

Shreveport went into the second trailing 1-0, goals from Timofei Khokhlachev and Anton Rubtsov on either side of a second IceRays goal sent it into the third tied 2-2. Warren Natyshak and Ryan Whitman had third period goals for the Mudbugs to make it 4-2. Maiszon Balboa picked up the win on 16 saves.


Amarillo at New Mexico

Amarillo once again had their hands full with the last place team in the division. Ty Black and Devan Tongue sandwiched goals around an Ice Woves tally in the first. The teams traded goals in the second with Matt Allen accounting for the Bulls’ goal. New Mexico was the only one to find the back of the net in the third to force overtime where Lauri Sertti picked up the game winner. Charlie Glockner recorded the win on 28 shots faced.

Current NAHL South Standings

Lone Star Brahmas 33 24 8 0 1 49
Amarillo Bulls 30 22 5 1 2 47
Topeka Pilots 31 19 10 1 1 40
Shreveport Mudbugs 28 19 9 0 0 38
Corpus Christi IceRays 32 13 14 2 3 31
Odessa Jackalopes 28 7 19 1 1 16
New Mexico Ice Wolves 32 5 24 1 2 13

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