Sweeps in the South. That was the major story line as all three series’ going on in the North American Hockey League’s South Division ended in sweeps.
The Shreveport Mudbugs, fresh off a bye week, took advantage of their time off and picked up a sweep on the road in Corpus Christi. The Bugs took Friday night’s contest by a score of 3-1. Shreveport followed that up with a 4-1 victory on Saturday. Mudbugs forward Giovanni Procopio had two goals on the weekend while Corpus Christi forward Erik Bargholtz scored both goals for the IceRays.
Coming off a weekend split the Amarillo Bulls swept the Odessa Jackalopes at home in Amarillo. Friday night’s game was a wild and goal-filled affair where the Bulls emerged victorious 6-5. All goals were scored in either the first or the second period. Eleven different scorers lit the lamp on Friday and both teams combined for 77 shots on net. Saturday was almost the exact opposite with both teams scoreless through two periods. The Jackalopes got on the board first but Jordon Venegoni (who opened the scoring on Friday night for Amarillo) scored three straight goals, including an empty net to record a natural hat-trick in the third period and secure a 3-1 victory and a weekend sweep for the Bulls.
The Lone Star Brahmas continued their winning ways in a three-game series against the New Mexico Ice Wolves who have been surging as of late. The Brahmas won a tough 5-4 game on Thursday, before cruising to a 4-1 and 4-0 victory on Friday and Saturday. Joey Baez (Alabama-Huntsville commit) had points in all three games while Cayden Bailey made 14 saves in his fourth shutout of the season on Saturday.
Finally, the Topeka Pilots were idle this week.
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