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Defensive Battle Ends In 1-0 Mudbugs Win Over Brahmas

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Mitchell Gibson stopped 36 of 37 with a redirect in the slot being the only thing to get past him in the Lone Star Brahmas 1-0 loss to the Shreveport Mudbugs in game one of the NAHL South Division Finals.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas went into George’s Pond to take on the Shreveport Mudbugs Friday night in game one of the NAHL South Division Finals. After an eight game regular season series in which the teams never combined for more than three goals in a game, this one went exactly as most would have expected.

Neither team was able to generate much in the way of an offensive attack in the opening 20 minutes of play. Shreveport outshot Lone Star 10-6 in the frame and the teams went to the locker rooms deadlocked in a scoreless tie.

A Dominick Procopio tripping penalty at 4:02 put the Brahmas on the first power play of the night. While they did not score they had three very good looks from Kyle Hallbauer, Ture Linden and Jon Russell. Only some big saves by Jaxon Castor kept the Brahmas off the board.

With 11:32 left on the clock a good keep at the Lone Star blueline gave Shreveport their best scoring chance of the night, but Mitchell Gibson hugged the far post to block the initial shot from Jordan Fader and three or four jabs at the puck from point blank range.

Lone Star went back on the power play late in the period, but once again could not break through with the man advantage.

For the second period in a row the Mudbugs held the advantage in the shots on goal battle 15-14.

Shreveport got their first and only power play opportunity due to a Connor Pooley slash early in the third. However, they failed to cash in just as Lone Star had earlier in the contest.

The Brahmas had one more man advantage just past the midpoint of the third and what has become a broken record in the playoffs were unable to convert.

With 1:28 left in regulation, an icing call on Lone Star resulted in a faceoff to Gibson’s right. Cole Quisenberry won the faceoff back to Jack Clement at the blueline and he rifled a shot on goal that was redirected by Fader in front over Gibson’s blocker hand.

The Mudbugs outshot the Brahmas 37-30 in the contest and both teams went scoreless on the power play. In typical Brahmas – Mudbugs form, it was a dirty goal that was the difference in a defensive battle. The loss was the Brahmas first regulation loss in 19 straight games.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday with Lone Star needing a win to even the best of five series before heading back to NYTEX Sports Centre for game three.

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