NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – Cayden Bailey recorded his NAHL-leading 10th shutout of the season Saturday as the Lone Star Brahmas (37-9-0-1, 75 pts.) defeated the Corpus Christi IceRays (15-27-3-4, 39 pts.) at the NYTEX Sports Centre.
Brahmas defenseman Josh Martin opened the scoring with a slap shot at the 11:11 mark of the first period.
Evan Googins doubled the lead for Lone Star at 7:05 of the second period, firing in a shot from the bottom of the left circle off an end-wall bounce from Joey Baez.
In the third period, Baez scored at 1:44, and assisted on Matt Guerra’s power play goal at 14:40, to complete a three-point night (1+2).
Bailey, who made 17 saves Saturday, has recorded shutouts in four of his five games against the IceRays.
Following the Topeka Pilots’ win Saturday, the IceRays were eliminated from contention for a spot in the 2019-20 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. All four playoff spots in the South Division have now been filled (Amarillo, Lone Star, Shreveport and Topeka, with seeding still to be determined).
The IceRays and Brahmas complete their 12-game season series next weekend with a pair of games in Corpus Christi. The Feb. 21-22 games at American Bank Center start at 7:05 p.m. and the IceRays will wear special throwback jerseys which will be auctioned off after the second night, which is also Heart Night with the American Heart Association.
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