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Lone Star Brahmas Sweep Jackalopes

Lone Star Brahmas defenseman Matthew Rickard is Bauer NAHL South Division Player of the Week. Matthew Rickard had two points on 1G-1A as the Lone Star Brahmas swept the Odessa Jackalopes and pushed their win streak to 14 games.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes squared off at the Shoebox Sunday to close out their three game set. The Brahmas had taken the first two games by a combined 10-1 score and were looking to complete the sweep.

In what had been the most competitive period of hockey in the series the game rolled to the 18:51 mark of the first when the Lone Star Brahmas came in on a three on two rush. Noah Roofe fired one off Andrew Takacs from the rightwing circle. The rebound jumped out to Josh Martin just off the far post and he immediately put it back on net. Takacs made another save but Stefan Miklakos had gone to the front of the net to blast a backhander into the back of the net.

At 3:59 of the second Drew DeCarlo took a pass from CJ Walker to the bottom of the far circle and fired it just over the top of the net off the endwall and out toward the point. Matthew Rickard picked it up danced around Vincent DeSanctis as he cut to the middle then ripped it over the shoulder of Takacs. Michal Stinil picked up his fourth goal of the weekend when Cole Beilke moved the puck to defenseman partner Rickard in the Lone Star end of the ice. Rickard found Stinil who had snuck in behind the defense with a two line pass. Stinil drove the net and went forehand-backhand to put it five hole at 16:38.

Odessa got on the board with a goal early in the third. On the play Timber Lewis fed Ben Doherty in the slot for a shot off Cayden Bailey’s glove. The puck bounced off the leg of Rickard coming to rest in the paint for Gramm McCormack to poke across the line. Time of the goal was 1:18. The goal snapped Bailey’s outstanding scoreless streak at 334:07.

It didn’t take the Brahmas long to have an answer on the first power play opportunity of the contest. Evan Googins sent it from below the goal line on the far side to Mitchell Digby at the point. Digby slid it along the blueline to Sam Brennan who dropped the hammer with a big onetimer into the back of the net at 4:33.

The Jackalopes came back again when Kam Ottenbreit lifted a backhander over Bailey from a sharp angle that somehow found its way under the crossbar. Spencer Kimball had the only assist on the play. Time of the goal was 8:55.

Odessa called Takacs to the bench with about 1:30 left. Googins picked Mike Manzo’s pocket at the far halfwall and sent it into the open net at 18:46 to close out the scoring.

The Lone Star Brahmas were 1-2 on the power play while Odessa had no power play opportunities. Lone Star also won the shots on goal battle 38-16.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

After falling behind early in the first, the Ice Wolves got even on an Alex Dominique goal. Corpus Christi went back on top with 1:39 left in the frame. It took only 59 seconds for New Mexico to respond with Michael McCosh lighting the lamp. Griffen Sanom gave New Mexico their first lead of the night with the only goal of the second. The IceRays tied it up in the third forcing overtime and an eventual shootout. Both Sanom and Brandon Holt scored in the shootout while Garrett Mackay stopped both shooters he faced for the win.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

 

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

x – Amarillo Bulls

46

35 7 1 3

74

x – Lone Star Brahmas

45

36 8 0 1

73

Shreveport Mudbugs

44

30 14 0 0

60

Topeka Pilots

44

28 13 1 2

59

Corpus Christi IceRays

47

14 26 3 4

35

New Mexico Ice Wolves

44

10 29 2 3

25

Odessa Jackalopes

44

8 34 1 1

18

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