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Gibson Picks Up Shutout As Brahmas Win Opener 3-0

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Mitchell Gibson picked up a shutout in his first NAHL regular season game as the Lone Star Brahmas downed the Shreveport Mudbugs 3-0 on the night when Brahmas' Head Coach Dan Wildfong's number 10 was retired by the Mudbugs organization.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas kicked off their 2017/18 regular season schedule Friday night on the road against the Shreveport Mudbugs. Last season the two teams split an eight game season series and in the early going it looked like this season could offer much the same.

However, Lone Star would pick up the pressure offensively while Mitchell Gibson, aided by a swarming defense, slammed the door continuing the Brahmas’ tradition of outstanding goalie play to pick up the first win of the season.

Both teams had early power play opportunities. The Brahmas penalty kill was as good as ever not allowing a shot on goal on the Mudbugs initial man advantage. Lone Star was unable to convert either, although Jared Domin had a couple of point blank chances with only a couple of outstanding saves by Gustavs Gringals kept it scoreless. Both teams would have man advantage opportunities just past the midpoint in period one, but once again neither could find the twine.

Lone Star held the edge in the period and carried some momentum into the first intermission for Head Coach Dan Wildfong‘s jersey retirement ceremony.

Defenseman Mick Henegham quickly turned that momentum into an early second period goal. Michael Montambault and Jay Feiwell lined up for a faceoff to Gringals left. Montambault won it cleanly back to Henegham at the far point for a quick wrister through traffic and behind the Shreveport netminder. Time of the goal was 1:44. Just before the second period media timeout, the Mudbugs had an attack deep into the Brahmas’ zone. They sent a shot on net that was blocked in front right onto a Shreveport stick, but Gibson tracked it moving post to post to make a huge save to protect the one goal lead.

With the teams skating four on four do to offsetting minors, Justin Addamo sent the puck from the high slot to Drew Lennon at the near point. Lennon sent it right back to the big Frenchman for a shot off Gringals’ right pad. Julian Biondo was anchored just off the near post to bang home the rebound at 13:39.

Less than a minute later, Jack Jaunich found a loose puck coming off the endboards and ripped a shot from between the hashmarks. Once again Gibson was up to the challenge kicking it to the corner.

Early in the third Will Stromp carried the puck into the offensive zone with Alex Spencer back to defend. Stromp delayed waiting for offside help from Domin setting a screen. Stromp sent it on net with the rebound jumping out to Montambault in the high slot and he turned it around putting it into the back of the net at the 4:51 mark.

On the ensuing faceoff, Cameron Cook ended up all alone in front with no black sweaters within 10 feet of him. Gibson remained steady forcing Cook to fire the point blank shot which Gibson wore off the crest on his chest while Austin O’Rourke erased Cook preventing a chance at a rebound.

Lone Star won the shots on goal battle handily by a 26-18 margin and both teams went scoreless with the man advantage.

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