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Brahmas Lose A Tough One To Mudbugs

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: EMack Bentley and the Brahmas dropped a tough fought 2-1 decision to the Shreveport Mudbugs on Wednesday night.

 

Wednesday night was a battle of one and two with the Lone Star Brahmas hosting the division leading Shreveport Mudbugs. The game lived up to the billing with a 2-1 final.

At 7:22 of the first Michael Montambault sent Connor Pooley and Trevor Zenas streaking up the ice on a rush. Pooley carried the puck to the top of the near circle and fired a cannon off of the chest of Gustavs Gringals with the rebound jumping into the high slot. Zenas muscled Cameron Cook off the puck and flipped it into the open net. Near the 5:00 minute mark Owen Farris delivered a devistating body check to Brendan Gysbers behind the Shreveport net sending the Mudbugs defenseman laboring to reach the bench as play continued. Gysbers did not return to the ice until well under a minute left in the period.

With time winding down and the Brahmas on the penalty kill, Brendan VanSweden fired one on net from the top of the near circle. Mitchell Gibson got most of it, but the puck trickled past him and headed for the goal line. Kyle Hallbauer used his reach to get a blade on it and flip it out of danger.

Kieran Durgan pulled the Mudbugs even on the power play at 2:26 of the third with an assist to Andrew Lane. Durgan’s shot from the high slot went off a body in front and bounced over Gibson for the score. Shreveport took their first lead of the night on a wrister from Dominick Procopio with their second power play goal of the third at 8:37. On the play Cook moved the puck from the far point to Gysbers at center and he found Procopio in the near circle for a wrister through traffic and over Gibson’s right shoulder.

Lone Star had an opportunity with just seconds left on a mad scramble in front but the net came off the moorings halting play with 0.2 seconds left and the Mudbugs held on for the win.

Shots on goal were 22-17 in favor of the Mudbugs and for the second just as it did in Corpus Christi last weekend the special teams play let the Brahmas down. Lone Star was unable to score on four opportunities and Shreveport scored both goals with the man advantage going 2-5.

 

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Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL Pts
1 Shreveport Mudbugs 21 15 4 1 1 32
2 Lone Star Brahmas 23 13 7 1 2 29
3 Amarillo Bulls 20 9 7 2 2 22
4 Corpus Christi IceRays 22 9 10 1 2 21
5 Odessa Jackalopes 21 9 10 1 1 20
6 Topeka RoadRunners 23 8 13 1 1 18

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