It was another weekend of sweeps and one split in the North American Hockey League’s south division this past weekend, which also include some cross-divisional action.
After a tough five game stretch, the Lone Star Brahmas got back to their winning ways with an impressive three-game road sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. The Brahmas shut out the Jacks on the first two nights with exceptional performances by goaltenders Ludvig Persson and Cayden Bailey. In the final game of the series, seven different Brahmas scored en route to a 7-4 victory. Eric Huss also shined this past weekend with five points (one goal and four assists) over the three games.
The Corpus Christi IceRays did battle against the Topeka Pilots in Corpus Christi, the result was the lone split in the south division this past weekend. The IceRays were victorious on Friday with a 4-3 shootout victory against the Pilots. Shane Bull, one of the leading rookie scorers in the NAHL, led the way with two goals while Cole Golden picked up the winner in the shootout. Saturday though belonged to the Pilots as they forced a split with a 1-0 overtime victory. Guy Blessing made 28 saves in the shutout while Kaiden Scott won the game for Topeka at the 2:56 mark of the extra session.
New Mexico welcomed the Shreveport Mudbugs to the desert for the first time this season. After a quick 6-3 victory for Shreveport the Ice Wolves fought hard on Saturday. Though they lost 2-1, New Mexico nearly came back from a two-goal deficit in the third. The Ice Wolves are still searching for their first home win of the season.
Fresh off of back-to-back sweeps the Amarillo Bulls were given a bit of a shock when the Fairbanks Ice Dogs came to Texas. Fairbanks at one point led the Bulls 3-0 early in the third period. Amarillo made it a game though with back-to-back goals to pull within one. A goal by the Ice Dog’s Oliver Kjaer in the final minute of regulation denied the Bulls a chance to complete the comeback on Friday. Saturday night was a close-run affair as the Bulls took the Ice Dogs to overtime in a 3-3 game. Adam Eisele was able to secure the overtime-winner for Fairbanks and secure the weekend sweep.
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