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Two Brahmas Honored In Final Week Of Season

 

Mitchell Gibson and Austin Bottrell both continued their stellar play for the Lone Star Brahmas this past week earning BauerNAHL South Division Star of the Week and Star of the Week Honorable Mention.

 

Mitchell Gibson

Photo courtesy Rebekah Bing Photography: Brahmas’ Goaltender Mitchell Gibson.

Gibson has been among league leaders in all major goaltending metrics all season. The Phoenixville, PA native and Harvard University commit finished the regular season leading the NAHL with a 1.59 Goals Against Average and a 0.935 Save Percentage. He was second with 26 Wins and in Minutes Played with 2,496.

Over the past week he picked up his 25th and 26th wins allowing only a single goal in 48 shots faced against the Topeka RoadRunners and Corpus Christi Icerays. The shutout on the road against the Icerays on Saturday’s season finale gave Gibson 11 for the season. The 11 shutouts also gave him a share of the NAHL record for Shutouts in a Season with Mareks Mitens who set the mark last season on the way to a Robertson Cup Finals against the Brahmas.

What makes Gibson’s accomplishments even more impressive is the fact that he compiled these statistics playing in the NAHL South Division, long considered to be the toughest and most competitive division in the league.

On Monday against the RoadRunners, stopped 23 of 24 shots he faced allowing only a first period goal as the Brahmas came from behind to defeat the visitors 4-1.

Saturday night on the road in Corpus Christi Gibson was a perfect 24-24 on shots faced against an NAHL South Division Playoff qualifier in the Icerays.

Eight of his 11shutouts this season came against teams heading to the NAHL Playoffs. In his last five games played he has allowed a total of two goals in nearly 306 minutes played.

Seven times this season Gibson was recognized among the Player of the Week honorees and five times among the Goalie of the Month honorees.

 

Austin Bottrell

Photo courtesy Rebekah Bing Photography: Brahmas’ Forward Austin Bottrell.

Bottrell wrapped up the regular season setting sixth on the Brahmas in scoring with 33 points on 10G-23A and a +15 rating despite missing 36 games due to injury. In the past 10 games since returning from a high ankle sprain, Bottrell has put up 6G-9A.

This past week the Farmington Hills, MI native recorded 1G-5A and a +5 rating to once again earn league recognition. It was the fourth time Bottrell has been included among the Player of the Week honorees to go along with one time being among the Forward of the Month honorees.

Against Topeka on Monday, Bottrell had a hand in three of the Brahmas four goals in their come from behind win. He had three assists in the contest including a primary assist on the game tying goal in the first.

Friday in game one against Corpus Christi Bottrell netted a first period goal to pull the Brahmas into a 1-1 tie. With the score knotted at 2-2 in the second period he had a primary assist as the Brahmas took their first lead of the night. The Icerays would pull even in the third to force overtime where Bottrell had another primary assist on the overtime game winner. It was his fourth overtime point of the season contributing to every overtime win recorded by Lone Star to that point in the season.

Bottrell was held off the scoreboard on Saturday as the game went into overtime deadlocked at 0-0. The Brahmas would once again score in the extra frame marking the first time in the season that Bottrell was not involved in a Brahmas overtime win.

 

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