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NAHL South Division Recap Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 6 Jan 2020  
By: Jason Ruff

The top four teams in the North American Hockey League’s South Division all had sweeps, thus solidifying their positions in the standings in the first full weekend of hockey in 2020.

The big story of the weekend was in North Richland Hills where the Lone Star Brahmas swept the Odessa Jackalopes in three games. Lone Star’s offense was efficient, putting up 26 goals over the entire weekend. Odessa responded with just one. The NAHL’s leading goal-scorer, Joey Baez (Alabama-Huntsville commit) had seven goals on the weekend including two hat tricks on Friday and Saturday night, becoming the first Brahma in history to post back-to-back hat tricks.
Will Stromp also had a hat-trick on Friday as well.  Brahma goaltender Cayden Bailey posted his fifth shutout on Saturday after sharing time with Ludvig Persson on Friday. 

In some inter-divisional play the Amarillo Bulls swept the Kenai River Brown Bears in the Budweiser Bull Pen with a 5-1 win on Friday, capped off by an 8-1 win on Saturday. Gleb Murtazin, Jordan Venegoni, and Matt Allen all had two goal nights in Saturday’s win for the Bulls. 

In a scene that is becoming similar, the Topeka Pilots swept the Springfield Jr. Blues this past weekend. Both games were decided by one goal however as the Pilots were able to edge Springfield 3-2 on Friday night, but required a two-goal performance by Quinn Green to emerge victorious on Saturday night and secure the sweep.

 The Shreveport Mudbugs also got the brooms out at George’s Pond last weekend sweeping the divisional rival Corpus Christi IceRays 4-2 on Friday and then 4-3 in overtime. While Friday’s game saw the Mudbugs hold the IceRays at bay for the most part, Saturday’s contest was a back-and-forth affair with both teams seemingly trading goals almost as soon as they were scored. That game required overtime, but Shreveport found a hero in Dawson Sciarrino who scored his first game-winning goal of the year.

Finally, the New Mexico Ice Wolves were off this weekend.

Author: Jason Ruff

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