Two splits and a sweep, that was the story in the north American Hockey League’s South Division last weekend as some of the lower teams in the standings picked up some big upsets and helped impact the playoff race.
The New Mexico Ice Wolves split with the Topeka Pilots last Friday and Saturday. New Mexico saw six different goal scorers in their 6-3 victory over the Pilots on Friday night. Topeka responded on Saturday night to salvage a split on home ice and regain sole possession of third place in the division. Topeka defenseman Luc Salem had two critical goals in the third period to help the Pilots edge New Mexico 4-3 on Saturday.
The Odessa Jackalopes had perhaps their most emotional victory of their season on Saturday. After falling to Shreveport in a close 3-1 game on Friday, the Jacks responded with a 6-3 victory on Saturday, on the same night that they honored those impacted by the Odessa-Midland shooting last August. The Jackalopes benefited by two goals from Max Klanow, Jack Rudin and Isaiah Huempfner to end a 22-game winning drought that dated back to November 15.
Finally, the Amarillo Bulls extended their winning streak to five games after a weekend sweep at home against the Corpus Christi IceRays. Both games were close however with Brett Postula’s two goals being key in Amarillo’s 4-3 victory on Friday. On Saturday, the Bulls got out to a 3-1 lead and were able to hold on as goaltender Max Gutjahr made 20 saves to preserve a 3-2 victory.
The Lone Star Brahmas were idle this weekend.
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