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Brahmas Take Season Series Finale Over Mudbugs With 2-1 Shootout Win

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Harrison Feeney grabbed a 2-1 win in his first shootout of the season giving the Lone Star Brahmas a 5-1-1-1 record against the South Div. winning Shreveport Mudbugs.

The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs met for the final time in the regular season on Saturday. Despite dropping Friday night’s game 1-0 in overtime the Brahmas held a substantial lead in the season series and looked to send a message to Shreveport in case the two teams meet in the second round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs.

As they had on Friday night the teams skated to a scoreless first period. However, the opening 20 minutes were a little more closely contested than in game one. Lone Star had the best scoring chance in the frame skating on a four on three power play with about four minutes left when Ture Linden rang one off the post.

Lone Star started to build some momentum through the first half of the second period with Julian Biondo nearly scoring on a breakaway, but Gustavs Gringals made an awkward save on the shot. Then Jake Suede playing in his first NAHL contest had a close in chance on a rebound just before the media timeout. Once again Gringals made a flailing save.

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Defenseman Kimball Johnson scored his second shootout game winner of the season.

With about nine minutes left in the middle frame the Mudbugs went in on a 3 on 1 rush with Jordan Fader, last night’s overtime hero, firing a shot on net that Harrison Feeney kicked aside. Shreveport finally broke the scoreless tie at the 15:47 mark of the second on a goal from Ryan Burnett. Matt Weber hit Burnett at the blueline just as he split the defense to go in on Feeney all alone. Feeney got a piece of the backhander, but not enough to keep it from bounding into the net for Shreveport’s first full strength regulation goal of the season against Lone Star.

Lone Star called Feeney back to the bench for the extra attacker with about 1:30 left in regulation. They held the zone and were putting tremendous pressure on the Mudbugs defense when Linden hit another post with the puck bouncing behind the net. Jon Russell found it through several bodies and put it right back to Linden in the far circle for a onetimer top shelf with seven seconds left to force overtime. In the boxscore and in the arena they credited Austin Bottrell with the goal, but replays showed clearly that it was Linden who scored the goal.

Following a scoreless overtime the game went to a shootout.

Kimball Johnson was up first, he skated it slowly to the right wing circle before cutting back to the middle and putting it five hole to give Lone Star the early lead. It was the only goal the Brahmas would get and the only goal they would need as Feeney stoned all three Mudbugs shooters to claim the win in his first shootout of the season. The goal by Johnson was his second shootout game winner of the season.

Lone Star won the shots on goal battle 35-26 and both teams were scoreless on the power play with the Brahmas 0-3 and the Mudbugs 0-2.

With the win the Brahmas finished the regular season with a 5-1-1-1 record against the Mudbugs with points in all but one contest and outscoring the Division champs 13-5. In the eight games played Shreveport managed only three goals in regulation with two of those coming on the power play.

 

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Elsewhere  Around the NAHL South Div

Topeka at Amarillo

The Bulls had their way with the RoadRunners. Brendon Michaelian scored twice in the first before scored their only goal of the night. Jason Brancheau pushed it back to a two goal lead before the end of the frame. Nic Griebenow scored the only goal of the second then Alex Peterson and Brett Abdelnour scored in the third for the 6-1 final. Trevor Micucci picked up the win on 32 saves.

Odessa at Corpus Christi

All the scoring in the contest came in the second period with Viktor Johansson, Ricky Carballo and Zach Heintz doing the damage for Odessa. Brett Epp logged 36 saves in the shutout win.

 

Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 y – Shreveport Mudbugs 58 41 10 3 4 89
2 x – Lone Star Brahmas 57 35 12 6 4 80
3 x – Odessa Jackalopes 58 31 22 3 2 67
4 x – Corpus Christi IceRays 58 27 23 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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