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Brahmas Continue To Befuddle Mudbugs

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Mitchell Gibson recorded his franchise record eighth shutout in a 2-0 win over the visiting Shreveport Mudbugs Sunday afternoon at NYTEX Sports Centre.


The Lone Star Brahmas took on the visiting Shreveport Mudbugs Sunday looking for their third win in as many days. Despite setting 16 points behind the Mudbugs in the NAHL South Division standings the Brahmas have put the clamps on Shreveport all season.

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Ture Linden scored his fourth goal of the weekend in the second period for the game winner against Shreveport.

With a combined total of 12 goals scored between the two teams in 305 minutes of play, fans could well expect another low scoring affair and the opening 20 minutes Friday followed suit. The Brahmas outshot the Mudbugs 8-5 in the first and both teams had two power play opportunities in the frame. However, neither team was able to solve the opposing netminder. Lone Star’s second power play opportunity came with exactly one minute left in the period leaving one full minute to carry over into the second.

The first score of the contest came off the stick of Ture Linden scoring his fourth goal of the weekend. On the play Connor Stuart corralled the puck in front of Mitchell Gibson’s goal and sent it to Owen Farris moving up the wall in front of the benches. Farris carried it to the top of the near circle before firing a pass of the pads of Jaxon Castor out to Linden trailing on the far side for a quick wrister into the open goal mouth at the 12:09 mark.

The score remained 1-0 Lone Star until the 19:57 mark of the third. With the Mudbugs’ net empty, Kyle Hallbauer picked off an entry pass just inside the Brahmas’ blueline and sent it up to Aidan Spellacy in neutral ice. Spellacy sidestepped a defender as he moved up ice then delayed to allow a sliding Brendan VanSweden who dove to block the shot to clear the crease then fired it in from the near circle.

Shots on goal were 23-15 in favor of the Brahmas and both teams were scoreless on the power play. Shreveport had four opportunities with the man advantage while Brahmas had two.

The shutout was the eighth of the season for Mitchell Gibson with five of those coming against the NAHL South Division leading Mudbugs. The eight shutouts established a new franchise record. Ture Linden netted the game winner marking his 11th point in his last eight games on 6G-5A. With his assist on the Spellacy goal, Kyle Hallbauer now has points in four straight. Shreveport has now failed to score an even strength goal against Lone Star in 365 minutes of play.



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Current NAHL South Division Standings

1 x – Shreveport Mudbugs 50 36 9 3 2 77
2 Lone Star Brahmas 48 27 12 5 4 63
3 Odessa Jackalopes 48 27 16 3 2 59
4 Corpus Christi IceRays 50 22 20 3 5 52
5 Amarillo Bulls 49 17 23 6 3 43
6 Topeka RoadRunners 47 16 27 2 2 36

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