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Lone Star Brahmas Make It Two In A Row Over Jackalopes

Lone Star Brahmas - Guerra Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Matt Guerra got the Lone Star Brahmas started in their 5-0 win over the Odessa Jackalopes.

The Lone Star Brahmas took to the Shoebox ice Saturday looking to make it two in a row over the visiting Odessa Jackalopes. Lone Star had taken game one by a score of 5-1.

After Joey Baez nearly got the Brahmas started close to two minutes into the game ringing one off the crossbar, Matt Guerra broke the ice at the 5;13 mark. Patriks Ozols got it started when he carried the puck into the zone on the left wing then delayed curling back toward the blueline. He gave up the puck to CJ Walker who skated behind the net out the near side and sent a backhand wrap around attempt off Andrew Takacs. Guerra jumped on the rebound and sent it bar down over Takacs. Lone Star went on the first power play of the evening and were set up in the zone with Ozols and Mitchell Digby playing catch up top. Michal Stinil came across the line and took a pass from Ozols that he pushed back to the Latvian native. Ozols saucered it across to Digby once more and just as the power play ended Digby rifled it through traffic lighting the lamp at 8:43.

Only a desperation diving stick save from Takacs kept Cole Beilke from making it a 3-0 game.

Lone Star Brahmas - Bailey

Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: Cayden Bailey picked up his NAHL leading ninth shutout of the season with 17 saves.

At 6:16 of the second Guerra sent a pass through the crease to Sam Brennan on the backdoor. Takacs went for the poke check pulling him out of the crease. Brennan stick handled below the goal line then slid it behind the Odessa netminder for Stinil to punch into the open net.

Moments later Odessa went on the man advantage. Vincent DeSanctis ripped one on net from the far point with Isaiah Huempfner in front. Huempfner got his blade on it to redirect it but Cayden Bailey tracked it making a big glove save.

Digby picked up his second point of the night sending it deep to Thomas Daskas along the end boards. Daskas muscled Jason Galotti off the puck and centered it to Baez for a onetimer over the blocker at 14:48. With just nine seconds to go in the frame Brennan floated the puck high from inside the Brahmas’ zone to just outside the Odessa blueline. Drew DeCarlo settled it and carried it into the zone dropping it for Walker. His wrister went off Takacs setting in the paint for Evan Googins to jump on and push across the line.

With 2:46 left in the third Garrett Wilderman came out of the box after serving a high sticking penalty on Takacs. The puck bounced right to Wilderman who went streaking in on Bailey. Malcolm Palmer got on his horse to chase down Wilderman with a strong back check. Unfortunately Palmer was whistled for his efforts putting Wilderman at the center dot for a penalty shot.

Wilderman took it wide right and stick handled as he cut across the goal mouth firing a wrister from the right hash mark. Bailey who had come out to cut down on the angle flashed out the glove hand to snatch the puck away.

The Lone Star Brahmas controlled play for the second night in a row out shooting Odessa 46-17. Neither team was able to convert on the man advantage with the Brahmas 0-3 and the Jackalopes 0-5. Cayden Bailey logged his league leading ninth shutout of the season while dropping his league leading goals against average to 1.23. The Brahmas pushed their win streak to 13 games.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Topeka at Amarillo

Amarillo carried a 1-0 lead into the second where Quinn Green and Shawn Kennedy sandwiched goals around another Bulls’ tally. The teams skated to a scoreless third and overtime. Green scored in the opening round of the shootout with the game winner. Josh Langford earned the win with 36 saves through overtime followed by three in the shootout.

Springfield at Shreveport

The Mudbugs scored twice in the first and second periods to take a 4-0 win. Ryan Waltman and Jacob Smith accounted for the scoring in the first while Carson Nichols and Matt Weber scored in the second. Richie Parent scored the shutout on 17 saves.

Current NAHL South Standings

x – Amarillo Bulls 46 35 7 1 3 74
x – Lone Star Brahmas 44 35 8 0 1 71
Shreveport Mudbugs 44 30 14 0 0 60
Topeka Pilots 44 28 13 1 2 59
Corpus Christi IceRays 46 14 26 3 3 34
New Mexico Ice Wolves 43 9 29 2 3 23
Odessa Jackalopes 43 8 33 1 1 18

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