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Brahmas Come Up Short To Mudbugs In Shootout

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas took 3 of 4 possible points out of Shreveport after a 1-0 shootout loss to the Mudbugs on Saturday night.

The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs finished up their two game series on Saturday night before both teams make their way to the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN next week. It was a back and forth contest dominated by defense and goaltending.

In contrast to Friday night, it was Shreveport who held a distinct edge in play for the first 20 minutes of the contest. With 10:47 to go in the period, Gabe Wahl pulled it off the endboard behind the Lone Star cage and fired one on net from point blank range. Mitchell Gibson flashed out the glove reaching behind himself to keep the puck out of the net. Aiden Spellacy wiped out Wahl drawing a tripping minor, but the Brahmas penalty kill remained perfect on the young season.

Just as they had in game one, the teams went into the first intermission with the score knotted at zero.

Two minor penalties on the Brahmas in under four minutes of the middle frame put a lot of pressure on the penalty kill. The Mudbugs had a couple close in opportunities on the initial opportunity, but Gibson came up big in net. With the two kills, Lone Star picked up a little jump leading to Will Stromp stripping the puck along the near halfwall and hitting Michael Montambault for a blast off of Gustavs Gringals. The Brahmas kept the pressure on leading to their first power play opportunity of the evening, but were unable to convert.

Jared Domin nearly broke through with five seconds left in the period on a breakaway. Domin carried it to the near hashmark with Brendan Gysbers draped on his back and only a desperation glove save by Gringals kept it scoreless.

A Justin Addamo high sticking double minor at 8:26 of the third put the scoreless tie at risk. Once again the penalty kill was exceptional blocking shots and filling shooting lanes to the point that about the only save Gibson had to make was a deflection off of a teammate’s stick.

In only their second game of the season the Brahmas would go to overtime a place they were very productive last season. Following a scoreless five minute three on three the game went to a shootout.

Cameron Cook gave the Mudbugs an early lead as the second shooter of the first round skating it straight down the middle and lifting it top shelf over Gibson. Following another Lone Star miss, Roberts Baranovskis jumped over the boards for the home team. He first carried it wide left, cut back to the right and went five hole on Gibson for the game winner.

Shreveport outshot the Brahmas 29-15. Special teams play was dominated by the penalty kills with the Brahmas 0-1 and Shreveport 0-5.




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