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Lone Star Brahmas Complete Season Sweep Of Ice Wolves

Lone Star Brahmas - Bailey Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: Lone Star Brahmas' netminder Cayden Bailey recorded his 11th shutout of the season tying the team mark set by Washington Capitals draft pick and current Harvard goalie Mitchell Gibson during the 2017/18 season. With the win the Brahmas move back into the lead in the South Division and the NAHL overall.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas took the ice at the Shoebox in front of a packed house looking to complete a sweep of the visiting New Mexico Ice Wolves for their 41st win of the season.

As opposed to game one when it took the Brahmas nearly 15 minutes to find the back of the net they scored just 32 seconds into the contest. New Mexico turned over the puck in neutral ice with Michal Stinil picking it up. He went up ice on a three on two with Matt Guerra on the left wing. Stinil carried it into the near circle then fed it across to Guerra and the reigning South Division Player of the Week put the onetimer past the stick hand of Henrik Laursen. It would take only 70 seconds for the Brahms to score their second. Eric Huss picked off a Sean Henry pass in the offensive zone and spun a backhander to Joey Baez in the near circle. Baez spotted Thomas Daskas driving toward the far post with a beautiful cross ice pass to the early two goal lead.

With time quickly winding down in the second Huss made a huge backhanded keep at the near point and bumped it to Daskas in the circle. He skated it toward the slot and tried to put one on net but his stick was lifted. Baez jumped on the loose puck and rifled it past the glove hand as the horn sounded.

Lone Star pushed the lead to four thanks in great part to a huge check in the neutral zone by Huss freeing the puck from Henry. Baez picked up the puck in stride and flew into the attacking zone drawing the defense before pushing it across to Daskas on the backdoor for the onetimer. Time of the goal was 2:44 of the third.

Cayden Bailey made a huge save approaching the third period media timeout reacting to an Alex Gomez redirect in front with right pad to keep the Ice Wolves off the board. Bailey kicked aside all 17 shots that he faced tying the team record established by Washington Capitals draft pick and current Harvard goalie Mitchell Gibson during the 2017-18 season and adding to his league leading total.

The Lone Star Brahmas more than doubled up the Ice Wolves in shots on goal leading the battle 37-17. Neither team was able to convert on the power play with Lone Star going 0-5 and New Mexico 0-4. With the win and an Amarillo overtime loss the Brahmas regained the lead in the South Division and the NAHL overall.

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Topeka at Amarillo

The Pilots helped the Brahmas out a bit taking a 3-2 OT win from the Bulls. Luc Salem had the only goal of the first then the teams traded goals in the second with Alexander Oberg scoring for Topeka. Amarillo knotted it up in the third forcing overtime. Salem picked up his second of the night at 52 seconds of the overtime period with the game winner. Guy Blessing recorded the win on 50 saves.

Odessa at Shreveport

After a scoreless first the teams nearly made it through the second scoreless as well. Timofei Khokhlachev broke the scoreless streak with 35 seconds left in the middle frame. In the third Alexis Girard and Brent Keefer scored for the Mudbugs to put it away. Maiszon logged the shutout on 16 saves.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

GP W L OTL SOL PTS
x – Lone Star Brahmas 51 41 9 0 1 83
x – Amarillo Bulls 52 39 8 2 3 83
x – Topeka Pilots 50 32 14 2 2 68
x – Shreveport Mudbugs 50 33 17 0 0 66
Corpus Christi IceRays 51 15 29 3 4 37
New Mexico Ice Wolves 50 12 33 2 3 29
Odessa Jackalopes 48 8 38 1 1 18

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