It was another exciting week in the North American Hockey League’s South Division as six of the seven teams were in action and only one of them swept their weekend series.
The New Mexico Ice Wolves, fresh off their first home sweep in franchise history, followed that up with an impressive 1-0 shootout victory over the Amarillo Bulls. Josh Graziano made 50 saves for the Ice Wolves through 65 minutes of action while Griffen Sanom picked up the winner in the shootout. It marks the first time in history the Ice Wolves have won three straight.
Amarillo followed the loss up with a 4-0 victory on Saturday. Devan Tongue (Bentley commit) had two goals in the early stages of the second period to get the Bulls going offensively and they never looked back from there. As they forced a weekend split and left New Mexico with three out of a possible four points and moved into second place in the division.
The Odessa Jackalopes, fresh off a bye-week had a good start against the Corpus Christi IceRays, defeating the Rays 6-1 on Friday night. Six different scorers lit the lamp for the Jackalopes on Friday, including former IceRays Jack Rudin. Aaron Randazzo (St. Cloud State commit) made 30 saves in the victory. The IceRays came back on Saturday however and erased two second-period deficits and then took the lead in the third period to take Saturday’s game 6-3 over Odessa. This set up a rubber-match game on Sunday. Despite 44 saves from Aaron Randazzo, the Jackalopes fell to Corpus Christi 2-1.
The Lone Star Brahmas continued their winning ways and reinforced their position at the top of the South after a sweep in Topeka. The Brahmas went on the road and swept the Topeka Pilots in a two-game series. Lone Star was led by Evan Googins’ hat-trick that was the catalyst for their 4-1 victory on Friday. Saturday, it was Michal Stinil (AIC commit) leading the way offensively with two goals in a 3-0 victory. Brahmas goaltender Ludvig Person made 31 saves to record his fourth shutout of the season, which is tied for the league lead.
The Shreveport Mudbugs were idle this week.
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