Unlike last weekend where sweeps were the norm, this weekend the South Division saw a good mix of splits, sweeps and the top three teams further entrench their positions as we enter the month of November. This week was also special due to the two hat-tricks that were scored this past weekend.
The Amarillo Bulls, fresh off their sweep at the hands of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, picked up a sweep of their own as they hosted the Corpus Christi IceRays for a two-game series in Amarillo. The Bulls earned a 4-2 victory over the IceRays on Friday night and sealed the sweep with a 2-0 win on Saturday. Bulls netminder Charlie Glockner made 23 saves in route to his second shutout of the season.
After taking three games on the road in Odessa the Lone Star Brahmas had a bit of a tougher time on the road against Topeka. The Pilots won the Friday night contest by a score of 4-1, ending Lone Star’s three-game winning streak. However, the Brahmas were able to force a weekend split with a 4-1 victory of their own on Saturday. That game was highlighted by Joey Baez’s hat trick that came in just thirty minutes and one second of game time. Baez is verbally committed to the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
The Odessa Jackalopes were able to halt their losing skid with an important victory over the Shreveport Mudbugs at the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa. The Jackalopes won 3-2 on Friday night, Ben Thomas had two goals and one assist in the contest and St. Cloud State University commit Aaron Randazzo made 32 saves in the victory. However, the Mudbugs came back with a 5-0 victory on Saturday, four of their goals were scored in the third period. Two of them came off the stick of Dawson Sciarrino.
Finally, the New Mexico Ice Wolves came close to pulling an upset against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs but fell 2-1 to the Dogs on Friday night. The game was tied 1-1 going into the third period before Fairbanks scored to take a 2-1 lead with a little over five minutes to play. On Saturday, the Ice Dogs took a huge lead and never looked back as Air Force commit Parker Brown scored a natural hat-trick in the first period en route to an 8-3 Fairbanks win and a weekend sweep. The Ice Dogs have now won four straight games against the south division.
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