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Brahmas Complete Sweep Of Mudbugs

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Clayton Lackey capped off the sweep of the visiting Mudbugs scoring the game winner in a shootout. It was his third goal scored on the weekend and his second game winner in as many nights.


The Lone Star Brahmas took the ice against the Shreveport Mudbugs Saturday looking to continue their home dominance over the Mudbugs. In their last seven games at NYTEX Sports Centre, Shreveport has managed just four goals and one win. Two of their four goals came on the power play.

Things got started with a bang as Gabe Potyk and Ryan Dickinson dropped the gloves just 6:26 into the contest. It was a short, but spirited bout with Potyk taking Dickinson to the ice with a right.

After killing off a couple of minor penalties, the Brahmas jumped out to a lead at 18:38 of the first. Frank Trazzera dug the puck out of a crowd in the far corner and fired it off the near boards to Kimball Johnson. Johnson danced around a defender to the halfwall before ripping one on net. Thomas Daskas had a screen set in front of Leo Chuard, but the netminder managed to knock the puck down. However, Daskas was able to get the puck on the backhand and sweep it past the right skate of Chuard.

Conor Witherspoon pulled Shreveport even at 9:13 of the second. Joel Frazee got it started sending Andrew Jackson into the zone with a breakout pass. Jackson wired it on net from just inside the blueline on the far point. Seth Eisele made the blocker save on the high shot, but it went straight up and came down just off the near post where Witherspoon slapped it out of mid-air past Eisele’s glove hand. After a failed Brahmas’ power play Witherspoon scored his second of the period on a nice centering pass from Josh Barraclough below the goal line. Witherspoon’s wrister beat Eisele glove side at 18:31. Jacob Skolnik picked up the secondary assist on the play.

With just 24 seconds left on the clock and the Brahmas skating on the power play with and empty net at the other end of the ice, Jakub Sirota sent one on net from the far halfwall. Potyk directed it to Matt Guerra in the slot for a quick onetime into the back of the net.

After a scoreless overtime the game went to a shootout.

The first five shooters all failed to score setting the stage for Clayton Lackey to cap off a birthday weekend and laying his claim to the NAHL Bauer Hockey South Player of the Week voting after being the hero the night before. Lackey skated slightly left gave Shuard a Harley kick then rifled it over the netminder’s left shoulder and under the bar for the game winner.

Shots on goal were 31-25 in favor of the Brahmas. Lone Star scored the only power play goal of the contest going 1-4 while holding Shreveport scoreless on four man advantages.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Amarillo at Corpus Christi

Amarillo held a two goal lead through the 12:46 mark of the second when Santeri Hartikainen got the Icerays on the board. Amarillo pushed it back to a two goal lead scoring twice early in the third. However, Blake Bennett put the rest of the Icerays on his back and carried the team the rest of the way scoring three unanswered goals to force overtime and a shootout. Both teams scored in the first round with Aleksi Peltonen getting the goal for Corpus Christi then it was guess who, yes Bennett netting the winner in the third round.  Sam Best made 38 saves on the night for the win.

Topeka at Odessa

It was a back and forth game in Odessa with Topeka opening the scoring, but Kyle Herbster and Connor Fedorek scored to give the Jackalopes the first period lead. Topeka had the only goal of the second setting up a wild third. Jared Christy and James Crossman scored on either side of two Topeka goals. Sebastian Frantz scored the game winner 2:46 into the overtime period. Kade Phipps made 33 saves in the win.

Current NAHL South Division

Amarillo Bulls 18 12 3 1 2 27
Topeka Pilots 19 10 8 1 0 21
Lone Star Brahmas 18 9 7 1 1 20
Shreveport Mudbugs 18 8 8 0 2 18
Corpus Christi IceRays 16 7 8 1 0 15
Odessa Jackalopes 15 6 8 0 1 13

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