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Gibson – Ipri Receive League Honors

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas' Mitchell Gibson was selected as the Bauer-NAHL South Division Star of the Week as well as being included on the NHL Central Scouting Mid-Season Rankings.


It has been another big weekend for the Lone Star Brahmas netminder Mitchell Gibson. With the team coming off a rough series against Fairbanks the weekend before, Lone Star needed a shot in the arm to right the ship and get back into the win column. That shot in the arm came in the form of outstanding goaltending from the Phoenixville, PA native. The effort earned Gibson recognition as the BauerNAHL South Division Player of the Week honors.

On Friday night Gibson who thought he was going to get a night off was called upon just over seven minutes into the game when the Brahmas fell behind the Kenai River Brown Bears 2-0. Gibson came off the bench and slammed the door shut on an offense that had quickly seized the momentum. Gibson faced 35 shots over the final 52 plus minutes allowing only a single goal in the third as Lone Star came roaring back for a 4-3 win.

Saturday night, Gibson got the start and was stellar from the opening puck drop. Again Gibson allowed only a single goal stopping 25 of the 26 shots that came his way. He came up huge late in the game with Kenai River on the power play skating 4 on 3 on the big Olympic sized ice. The Brown Bears fired multiple onetimers at Gibson who was positionally sound throughout the stretch to thwart the late push by the Brown Bears.

In addition to his league honors, Gibson was also recognized by NHL Central Scouting as he was ranked 18th among North American Goalies in the 2018 Mid-Term Rankings leading to the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas, TX. If Gibson is selected in the draft he would be the third Lone Star Brahma drafted by the NHL since the 15 draft. In the 2015 draft goaltender Jake Kupsky was selected in the 7th round by the San Jose Sharks. The following season defenseman Cam Clarke was tabbed by the Boston Bruins in the 5th round of the draft.

A second member of the Lone Star Brahmas roster was also recognized by the league for his efforts in Kenai River. Forward Steven Ipri received Honorable Mention after putting up five points on 3G-2A in the two game set. On Friday night Ipri scored a first period power play goal with the team down 2-0 to get the Brahmas comeback roll started. In the second period, he added an assist as Lone Star took their first lead and followed that up with his second goal of the night which became the eventual game winner. Saturday night was another productive night for Ipri with the Broadview Heights, OH native logging a first period assist as Lone Star took a 2-0 first period lead. He scored his third goal of the weekend in the middle frame after Kenai River had tallied to cut the lead to one.

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