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Brahmas Come Up Just Short In Final Game

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas competed all season as a unit, turning around a rough start to push their season to a deciding game five in the NAHL South Division Finals, but came up one goal short of achieving their goal of advancing back to the Robertson Cup Tournament.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs lined up for a fifth and final game Sunday to determine the NAHL South Division crown. The Mudbugs had won games one and two while the Brahmas battled back to take games three and four.

Shreveport found the back of the net on the power play at 8:41 of the first. Andrew Lane fired one off Mitchell Gibson then put the rebound back off the pads acting as a pass to Roberts Baranovskis in front for a shot into the open net. On the ensuing faceoff, Lone Star controlled the puck along the far wall. Kyle Hallbauer sent a pass to defensive partner Connor Stuart who lost an edge falling to the seat of his pants in the high slot. Jack Jaunich picked up the loose puck and rifled it past the glove hand of Gibson just nine seconds after the opening score.

Lone Star got their first just 26 seconds into the middle frame on a hustle play by Aidan Spellacy. After Justin Addamo gloved down a clearing attempt, Spellacy picked it up carried to the left wing before putting putting a shot on net that was blocked in front. Spellacy took control of the puck again cycled behind the net out the far side then sent a laser past Jaxon Castor as he tried to squeeze off the far post.

The Mudbugs had a quick response when a defensive zone turn over gave the puck to Brendan VanSweden at the far halfwall. VanSweden quickly fed it to Baranovskis between the hash marks for a shot off the crossbar and in at 3:27.

Lone Star cut the lead to one at 4:25 of the third off a defensive zone faceoff win by Austin Bottrell. Drew Lennon controlled the puck and sent it diagonally across to Spellacy at the far wall. The Brahmas’ Alternate Captain found Justin Addamo streaking down the middle. Addamo carried it in on the backhand against three defenders then cut to center and pushed it past Castor on the forehand. Despite a period of heavy pressure by the Brahmas they could not get the equalizer sending Shreveport to the Robertson Cup Semi Finals.

Lone Star outshot Shreveport 27-24 on the night, but failed to convert their one power play opportunity while the Mudbugs were 1-2 with the man advantage.

The loss cut short another strong season by the Lone Star Brahmas in their effort to defend their 2017 Robertson Cup Championship. Congratulations to the Shreveport Mudbugs who battled the entire series to earn their first trip to the Semi Finals and will surely represent the NAHL South well.

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