The Ice Wolves have officially concluded their 11-straight homestand. They did so in front of a sellout crowd. Tonight they finished their first and only 3-in-3 series on home ice. The Ice Wolves wont be home again until Dec. 20th-21st when they host the Amarillo Bulls. Next weekend, New Mexico will travel to Corpus Christi, TX to face the IceRays for the first time this season.
In the opening period the Ice Wolves came out with a lot of pressure but were sadly unable to get any of their six shots past Cayden Bailey. As for the Lone Star Brahmas while they did not jump out to an early start they made the most of their scoring chances by finding a rebound and putting it in the back of the net. Giving them a 1-0 lead after the first period. It marked the first time this series that the Brahmas went into the locker room after the first frame with a lead. Josh Graziano stopped 12 shots in the first period. One of his saves came from a 2-on-1 in which he made a sprawling left glove save to rob Matt Guerra of a goal.
In the last two games the Brahmas have managed to score three goals in the middle frame. While they did not make it three-straight games they did however net two. The Brahmas second goal of the game came about five minutes into the period off the stick of Joey Baez (14). Then with less than three minutes left to go, Evan Googings (8) scored on the power play. Making it 3-0 Brahmas after the 40 minutes of play. Shots after the second period favored Lone Star, 21-11.
During the final period of regulation the Brahmas added one more goal to their tally while on the power play. The score would remain 4-0 when the horn sounded to end the third-straight game between these two South Division foes. The Ice Wolves went 0/6 on the man-advantage whereas the Brahmas went 2/6. Also, there were only a combined eight shots in the final period, three from the Ice Wolves. With the shutout it marked Cayden Bailey’s fourth of the season. Giving the best team in the NAHL their eighth shutout of the season.