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Lone Star Brahmas Complete Sweep of Jackalopes

Lone Star Brahmas Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Matt Guerra led the Lone Star Brahmas scoring attack with two goals as they defeated the Odessa Jackalopes 10-1 to complete a three game sweep.


The Lone Star Brahmas faced a severely depleted Odessa Jackalopes on Sunday afternoon to close out a three game series. Odessa was skating without their top two scorers on the season as several players failed to return to the team following the Christmas break. In addition Aaron Randazzo who had carried the vast majority of the goal tending burden was out with an injury. As a result Lone Star had cruised to 9-0 and 7-0 wins in games one and two.

Early in the first Michal Stinil benefitted from the Jackalopes defense taking a knap as he walked around everyone into the high slot unmolested. The Decin, Czech native stick handled trying to open a shooting lane but Zach Stern stayed with him making a big pad save.

Odessa broke their scoring drought 7:11 into the game on a three on two rush. Vincent DeSanctis carried it deep into the zone before giving it up to Captain Matt Hutton who pushed it past the right skate of Cayden Bailey as the net came off its moorings.

Joey Baez continued his unbelievable hot streak scoring a power play goal at the 10:24 mark onetiming a pass from Thomas Daskas. The goal was the Alabama Huntsville commits seventh of the weekend. Mitchell Digby was credited with the secondary assist on the play. Lone Star quickly added another following a Joey Trazzera back check to free the puck. Matt Guerra sent it into the near corner and Stinil pushed it back out front for a Guerra onetimer that popped the water bottle off the cage. Time of the goal was 12:21. With 1:11 to go Baez sent the puck from the near circle to Daskas in the high slot. Daskas’ blast went off the pad of Stern and stayed in the paint for Digby to poke across the line. Just 13 seconds later Luke Burke grabbed a feed from Trazzera in the slot and rifled it past Stern for an unassisted goal.

Just one minute into the second Stinil used a big burst of speed to blow past Jason Galotti at the Odessa blueline fired it into the twine unassisted. On a faceoff in the near circle Drew DeCarlo pulled it cleanly back to CJ Walker and he sent one through traffic off Stern and in at the 9:40 mark. With 6:41 left in the frame Patriks Ozols retrieved the puck in the defensive zone and sent it to defensive partner Matthew Rickard. The recent AIC Yellowjacket commit found Max Borst in front of the penalty box. Borst kicked it into high to get past the defense then made a strong move to the front of the net sliding it five hole.

Lone Star picked up a shothanded goal at 16:09 after Stern had misplayed a Digby clear leaving Captain Noah Roofe in the zone with the puck on his tape. Stern made it back into goal, but Roofe lifted it over his right shoulder.

Guerra scored his second of the night at 9:51 of the third from between the hashmarks after receiving a Stinil centering pass with Ozols getting the secondary assist. Stefan Miklakos made it 10-1 dancing through the defense to clear space and fired a wrister from the high slot. Time of the goal was 19:08.

Shots on goal were 37-13 in favor of the Lone Star Brahmas. Lone Star was 1-6 with the mad advantage while holding the Jackalopes scoreless on their seven opportunities.




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