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Brahmas Win To Force Game Four

Photo Courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Aidan Spellacy scored the overtime game winner to give the Lone Star Brahmas life in the NAHL South Division Finals and force a game four Saturday night.

After dropping two hard fought contests in Louisiana the Lone Star Brahams and Shreveport Mudbugs took their NAHL South Division Finals back to North Texas with Lone Star in a must win situation. As has been the norm with these two teams this season it would be another low scoring affair decided by a single goal.

The opening 20 minutes ran off the clock with neither team able to find the back of the net due to excellent goaltending and defense from both squads. However, unlike the first and second games of the series, Lone Star was applying heavy pressure and getting some good looks on offense.

Shreveport got another good bounce to give Ryan Burnett an uncontested puck in the slot off a scramble in front at 5:18 of the second to open the scoring. Jordan Fader had fed Cole Quisenberry the puck for a shot off of Mitchell Gibson. The rebound went through several legs in front to Burnett who immediately turned it around for a shot over Gibson’s glove hand.

At 11:44, Trevor Zenas carried the puck down the far wall to the Shreveport blueline before feeding it around Jonatan Asplund to Jon Russell. Russell drove to the far hash mark and dropped it for Kimball Johnson trailing the play to pound top shelf over Jaxon Castor.

The game went to overtime after a scoreless third setting up a do or die scenario for Lone Star. At 6:38 Aidan Spellacy grabbed the puck in front of Gibson’s cage and fed it up the far boards to Austin Bottrell. Bottrell gave it back to Spellacy and the Alternate Captain cut back to center and rifled it back against the grain to put it over Castor’s glove hand.

With the win the Brahmas force a game four at NYTEX Sports Centre which they will have to win to push the series back to Shreveport.

Lone Star outshot Shreveport 34 – 23 and both teams were 0 – 3 on the power play.

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