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Brahmas Boil Mudbugs Win 3-0

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Aidan Spellacy opened the scoring for the Brahmas on their way to a 3-0 shutout of the division leading Shreveport Mudbugs.


The Lone Star Brahmas came into the game against the Shreveport Mudbugs knowing they would have their hands full as Shreveport was 10-0-2-1 in their last 13 games while the Brahmas had struggled on their home stand. Lone Star needed a strong outing to keep from losing touch with Shreveport in the NAHL South Division standings.

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing: Mitchell Gibson put up his fifth shutout of the season and third against Shreveport.

Lone Star controlled much of the first have of period one spending long stretches in the offensive zone. The Mudbugs first shot on goal came at the 8:43 mark and Mitchell Gibson absorbed it on the chest.

The teams set up for a faceoff to Gibson’s right which was won back by Julian Biondo. The puck found Connor Stuart in the corner and he sent it to Drew Lennon who carried it behind Gibson’s cage and sent a breakout pass to Aidan Spellacy who had snuck in behind the defense. Spellacy took the pass in stride just outside the Shreveport blueline then went flying in and put it five hole on James Durham at 8:51. The goal put an end to a steak of 142:26 of shutout hockey for Durham.

As much as the Brahmas owned the first half of the opening frame, the Mudbugs took charge early in the second. At one point they held a 12-2 shots on goal advantage in the period, but were unable to find the back of the net. Lone Star built momentum off the strong play of Gibson and the defense to fight their way back cutting the advantage to 16-12 before the period ended.

Just 3:29 into the third, Dominick Procopio went to the box for a cross check putting the Brahmas on the power play. Off the ensuing draw, Austin Bottrell pounded one on net from the high slot that Durham wore off the body. Ture Linden kept the play alive in front and Chase Pletzke slammed home the rebound at 3:44 for the 2-0 lead.

Things got revved up at the 6:34 mark with Frank Trazzera and Procopio dropped the gloves for a spirited bout that with Trazzera getting the clear decision.

The home crowd was buzzing after the Trazzera win and the energy bled over to the players on the ice. With 11:03 left Linden pulled the puck out of the corner and fed it up to Bottrell at the top of the far circle for a touch pass to Stuart on the right wing and he sent it through a screen past the glove hand pushing the lead to three.

Shots on goal were 32-24 in favor of Lone Star and they went 1-3 on the power play. For the first time in the season, the Brahmas committed no penalties in a game.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Corpus Christi at Odessa

The Jackalopes picked up a come from behind shootout win at home over the visiting Icerays. Odessa ran out to a two goal lead in the first on goals from Zach Heintz and Peyton Frantti. The second period was all Icerays as they put three on the board to take a 3-2 lead into the second. Frantti had the only goal of the third to force overtime and an eventual shootout. Petr Miko and Matt Brown scored in the first two rounds of the shootout while Brett Epp kept the Icerays scoreless for the win. Epp made 34 saves on the night.

Topeka at Springfield

The RoadRunners found themselves down 4-0 going into the second against the Jr Blues. Dallas Tulik finally got Topeka on the board with the only goal of the second and Hugh Quinn scored the only goal of the third to make it 4-2. Kyle Konin gave up all four goals on 18 shots faced through the first 17:22 of the game. Sam Metcalf came on in relief and stopped all 14 shots that he faced.


Current NAHL South Division Standings





1 Shreveport Mudbugs


20 5 2 2


2 Lone Star Brahmas


16 9 3 2


3 Odessa Jackalopes


16 10 2 1


4 Corpus Christi IceRays


12 13 2 3


5 Amarillo Bulls


11 9 4 2


6 Topeka RoadRunners


10 19 1 1


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