Two sweeps and a split. That was the story in the North American Hockey League’s south division as a couple of teams were upset and the standings continue to shift here in the month of November.
The big story of the week was New Mexico. The Ice Wolves, previously winners of just one game this season, picked up their first sweep in franchise history. This came at home against the Topeka Pilots. Topeka, one of the top teams of the division, fell 2-1 on Friday and again 4-2 on Saturday. The Ice Wolves were buoyed by contributions from six separate goal scorers on the weekend in a total team effort at Outpost Ice Arena. The sweep also marks New Mexico’s first ever win at home and first ever consecutive win in a row.
The Amarillo Bulls had a good series at the American Bank Center against the Corpus Christi IceRays. The Bulls swept the Rays in a Thursday-Friday series. Amarillo took the first game 2-1 before Matt Allen’s two goal night on Friday led Amarillo to a 5-3 victory and a road sweep.
The lone split in the division was in North Richland Hills between the Lone Star Brahmas and the Shreveport Mudbugs. Lone Star took the Friday game at home with a 2-1 victory thanks to some timely goals and a 20 save performance by Ludvig Persson. On Saturday night however, the Mudbugs responded. With the game tied 1-1 in the second period, Shreveport exploded for three unanswered goals in the third period. The first one, and the game winner, coming just eleven seconds into the third. Shreveport won 4-1 to force a weekend split on the road.
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