Killer Bees Double Up Brahmas At Home, Extend Win Streak To Three

The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees earned their first home win at State Farm Arena Friday night and extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-2 victory over the Lone Star Brahmas. Evan Schmidbauer (Surrey, British Columbia) and J.B. Baker (Columbia, Md.) were catalysts in the win, as each of the forwards scored a goal and added an assist in the Killer Bees TM first home victory. Schmidbauer, who looked comfortable in the offensive zone all game, scored the game-winning goal with less than nine minutes remaining in the second period to break a 1-1 tie. He scored the game-winner on a backhander, tucking the vulcanized rubber into the short side of the cage. Baker earned the lone assist on Schmidbauer TMs fourth goal of the season. With a goal and an assist, Schmidbauer extended his point streak to five games. I thought Evan Schmidbauer had a really good game [Friday night], said RGV Killer Bees head coach Joe Coombs. Baker lit the lamp a little over two minutes into the third period on a one-timer set up by Schmidbauer to give the Bees a 3-1 lead. Will Clark (Dallas, Texas) also assisted. Lone Star cut Rio Grande Valley TMs lead down to 3-2 with a little over five minutes left in regulation on a goal by Liam Stirtzinger that was assisted by Jan Hudecek and Paul Fregeau. It took the Bees just 19 seconds to reclaim their 2-goal lead when Nathan Flynn (Hastings, Minn.) top-shelved Aleksi Luhtalampi TMs (Rauma, Finland) 2-on-1 pass to close out scoring. Flynn TMs goal was his fourth of the season. He was named the Second Star of the Week for the South Division for his 3-goal effort in Rio Grande Valley TMs 2-game sweep over Odessa last weekend. Anthony Croston (Phoenix, Ariz.) opened scoring Friday 2:40 into the second period when he scored from the high slot on assists from Ben Greiner (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Cam Ashley (Saginaw, Mich.). Lone Star TMs Matt Lison countered less than two minutes later when he scored on a wrist shot to even the score 1-1 on A.J. Duggan TMs assist. Schmidbauer followed with his fourth goal of the season later in the second period, and the Killer Bees led throughout the remainder of the game. Forward Austin Fletcher (Adrian, Mich.), making his first start with the Bees, had a good scoring chance on a rebound from the slot minutes after Schmidbauer TMs goal, but Lone Star goalie Sean Keating made a good save to keep the NA3HL product off the score sheet. I think we TMre going in the right direction, Coombs said. We TMve tried to continue to grow progressively and get better on a daily basis. We played for 60 minutes Friday night. Our goals tonight were all good goals. The goals we had been scoring were all ugly, but Friday night TMs goals were all good goals. The Killer Bees held a whopping 40-15 edge in shots Friday. Both teams went 0-for-2 on their power play chances. Olli Kalkaja (Oulu, Finland) made 13 saves to earn his fifth win of the young season. Keating made 40 saves in the loss for the Brahmas.