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NAHL South Division Recap Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 30 Sep 2019  
By: Jason Ruff

The week after the Blaine Showcase saw all south division teams in action, as the standings continue to shuffle in the early going of the season.

Shreveport and Amarillo split their weekend series in Amarillo with the Mudbugs taking game one 2-1 in a shootout, Rais Francis and Lauri Sertti were the only goal scorers for Shreveport and Amarillo respectively. The Bulls got their revenge in game two with a 4-2 victory, spurred on by a two-goal performance by forward Matt Allen. 

The Topeka Pilots visited the rival Springfield Jr. Blues for a weekend series in Illinois. After falling on Friday 2-1, the Plots salvaged a weekend split after a 5-4 victory. Like Amarillo Topeka was also led by a two-goal night from a forward, this time Austin McCarthy, who had the only goal for the Pilots on Friday.

The Lone Star Brahmas continue their unbeaten streak after sweeping the Corpus Christi IceRays 3-2 in overtime on Friday and 1-0 on Saturday. Joey Baez had goals in both contests for the Brahmas with defenseman Josh Martin picking up the overtime-winner on Friday. Lone Star is now 6-0-0-0 on the year.

Finally, the New Mexico Ice Wolves opened their first ever handstand against the Odessa Jackalopes. Unfortunately, their party was spoiled due to good goaltending and timely scoring on the part of the visitors. The Jackalopes defeated New Mexico 4-3 in the shootout on Friday night and again 4-2 in regulation on Saturday. Jackalopes netminder Max Miller made his first ever start for Odessa on Saturday and recorded his first North American Hockey League win. The Jackalopes are the only other time in the South besides Lone Star to not have a regulation loss on their record thus far.

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