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Lone Star Brahmas Pick Up Hard Fought 4-0 Win

Lone Star Brahmas Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Joey Trazzera scored his first of the season as the Lone Star Brahmas completed a 4-0 win over the visiting New Mexico Ice Wolves.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas played host to the New Mexico Ice Wolves Friday on the Ice Wolves last trip to the Shoebox for the season. It was a completely different Ice Wolves squad this time around than the one the Brahmas dominated earlier in the season.

After a bruising opening to the contest where bodies were flying around the ice delivering big open ice hits and thundering checks along the boards the Brahmas broke through at the 14:38 mark on their third shot of the game. Thomas Daskas pushed the puck into the zone at the far point and fired it on net. A scramble in front of Henrik Laursen ensued with Sam Brennan putting one on net and Stefan Miklakos  cleaned it up for the 1-0 lead.

Lone Star took a two goal lead with the teams skating four on four. Mitchell Digby knocked down a clearing attempt and sent it to Drew DeCarlo low on the near wing. DeCarlo looked up to find Daskas all alone on the backdoor with a beautiful saucer pass for a onetimer past the glove hand of Laurensen at the 5:28 mark of the third. The lead went to three on a blueline wrister from Joey Trazzera with 5:41 left to play. Matt Guerra did what he does best setting up the scoring opportunity as he carried it into the zone and dropped it for Michal Stinil. Stinil pushed it back to Trazzera and he sent it on net through a CJ Walker screen. The Brahmas were not done though. Off a defensive zone faceoff Patriks Ozols sent Daskas up ice with a breakout pass in front of the penalty boxes. Daskas made it to the bottom of the far circle before spinning then hitting the league leading goal scorer trailing the play and Joey Baez rifled it into the back of the net with 1:57 to play.

Lone Star outshot New Mexico 28-10 in the contest and both teams went 0-4 on the power play. Ludvig Persson picked up his seventh shutout on the season as the Brahmas kept pace with the Amarillo Bulls in the NAHL South.

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Topeka at Amarillo

The Pilots and Bulls skated through nearly 41 minutes of scoreless hockey before Topeka got on the board. Amarillo finally broke through at the 10:17 mark on a goal from Noah Carlin. Gleb Murtazin added an unassisted goal just over four minutes later then Matt Allen scored an empty netter with 1:36 to play. Max Guthahr made 26 saves in the win.

Odessa at Shreveport

The Mudbugs continued the Jackalopes woes to open their weekend series. Former Odessa Captain Matt Hutton opened the scoring at 5:08 of the first with Brent Keefer extending the lead on an unassisted goal. Ryan Waltman scored the only goal of the second with David Breazeale scoring early in the third then Keefer adding his second and third of the night to complete the hat trick. Maiszon Balboa picked up the win facing only nine shots on goal.

Current NAHL South Standings

GP W L OTL SOL PTS
x – Amarillo Bulls 51 39 8 1 3 82
x – Lone Star Brahmas 49 39 9 0 1 79
x – Topeka Pilots 49 31 14 2 2 66
x – Shreveport Mudbugs 49 32 17 0 0 64
Corpus Christi IceRays 51 15 29 3 4 37
New Mexico Ice Wolves 48 12 31 2 3 29
Odessa Jackalopes 47 8 37 1 1 18

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