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Brahmas Drop Tough 1-0 Overtime Loss To Mudbugs

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Mitchell Gibson did everything he could to give his teammates a chance to win against Shreveport on Friday night holding the Mudbugs scoreless through regulation before allowing a backhand knuckler to get past him just 19 second into overtime. The shutout was Gibson's 11th of the season and he pushed his scoreless streak against division leading Shreveport to over 251 minutes.


The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs met at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport of Friday night with the Mudbugs looking to clinch the NAHL South Division crown. While the division crown had to be the first thing on the minds of the Shreveport players, simply scoring a goal against Lone Star had to be a top priority. In six game played prior to Friday night the Mudbugs had not scored only three goals against the Brahmas and none of them had come at even strength.

The first period of the contest went in the books as a scoreless tie. Both teams had a power play opportunity in the frame, but could do nothing with the man advantage. The Mudbugs controlled play early, but around the time of the media timeout the momentum seemed to even out and then swing slightly toward the Brahmas. Lone Star had the best scoring chance of the period with about two minutes left when Justin Addamo put one off the body of Jaxon Castor from the left hash marks and Austin Bottrell came flying in for the rebound. Unfortunately, the puck was bouncing and Bottrell did not get it cleanly allowing Castor to flop across the goal mouth for the desperation save.

Shreveport controlled play for most of the second outshooting the Brahmas 15-3. However, the Brahmas defense kept them at distance for most of the frame giving Mitchell Gibson an opportunity to see the puck clearly and make the saves. The best scoring chance came with Shreveport on the power play and Roberts Baranovskis bearing down on the Lone Star net on a breakaway. Gibson stood his ground and flashed out the left pad to stone the Jelgava, Latvia.

Bottrell had another golden opportunity just 2:05 into the third off a centering pass from Aidan Spellacy, but with a wide open goal mouth the puck bounced over Bottrell’s blade to keep it scoreless. With 1:14 left Connor Pooley got behind the defense on a rush up ice but Dominick Procopio tripped him on his way in giving the Brahmas a late power play. However, a cross checking on Frankie Trazzera wiped out the last 25 seconds of the man advantage.

By forcing overtime the Mudbugs clinched the NAHL South Division crown with the Brahmas locked into second.

Just 19 seconds into overtime Jordan Fader pulled the puck off the far halfwall and walked it to center before flipping an innocent backhander on net that went off the blocker of Gibson and in to hand the Mudbugs the win. It was the first goal that Shreveport had scored against Lone Star in over 251 minutes of play. All three games won by the Mudbugs in the season series have come in overtime with one game left to play.

Shots on goal were 33-18 in favor of the Mudbugs. Both teams were blanked on the power play with Lone Star going 0-3 and Shreveport 0-2.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Div

Odessa at Corpus Christi

It was a wild one on the coast as the Icerays downed the Jackalopes 6-4. The teams traded goals in the first with Kaelan Taylor putting the Icerays on the board first. Angus Scott pushed Corpus Christi into the lead early in the second, but Odessa came back once again. Corpus Christi scored three times in the final 4:37 of the frame on goals from Jayson Dimizio, Garrett Halford and Brendan Miller to take a 5-2 lead into the second intermission. Odessa scored on either side of a Grayson Gavin tally in the third to close out the scoring. Chad Veltri was in net for the win making 24 saves.

Topeka at Amarillo

Bulls Captain Austin O’Rourke scored a power play goal just 1:55 into the contest to get the ball rolling for Amarillo. Nikita Sokolov followed late in the frame to make it 2-0. Jason Brancheau and Nic Griebenow added to the lead in the second. Topeka got on the board early in the third, but Trey Bagwell had a response as the Bulls ran away with a 5-1 win. Jason Grande made 31 saves in the win.

Current NAHL South Div Standings

1 x – Shreveport Mudbugs 57 41 10 3 3 88
2 x – Lone Star Brahmas 56 34 12 6 4 78
3 x – Odessa Jackalopes 57 30 22 3 2 65
4 x – Corpus Christi IceRays 57 27 22 3 5 62
5 Amarillo Bulls 57 20 26 8 3 51
6 Topeka RoadRunners 56 17 35 2 2 38

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