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Brahmas Fall To Fifth After 3-1 Loss To Mudbugs


The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs entered play Friday night with Shreveport setting in third place in the NAHL South one point ahead of Lone Star.

After two unsuccessful power plays of their own, the Brahmas went on the penalty kill at 8:51 of the first. It took the Mudbugs just 30 seconds to cash in with Jay Feiwell and CJ McGee set up Gueorgui Feduolov for a drive from the far point off the near post and past Harrison Feeney for the only goal of the opening frame.

The same three Shreveport skaters got together again at 5:21 of the second to score a shorthanded goal and push the lead to two. This time the goal came from Feiwell with a quick wrister blocker side off a two on one rush.

Lone Star got on the board at 9:56 of the second just as a power play expired. Andrew DeCarlo sent a pass to Eric Huss in the high slot from the far circle. Huss put the puck on net, but Leo Chuard made a pad save. Brendon Jones kept the puck alive putting the rebound off the Mudbugs’ netminder once again before Huss flipped it top shelf.

Shreveport defied their season average by netting their second power play goal of the night Feiwell put the puck off of Feeney’s left pad from in close and Feduolov put the rebound into the open net at 11:49 of the third. Ethan Harrison recorded the secondary assist on the play.

With under five minutes to go 5’9” 160 pound Matt Guerra put a clean hard check on a 6’2” 223 pound Ryan Dickinson along the far boards. Dickinson repaid the check with a two handed slash to the back of Guerra’s legs. As the puck went into the corner they came together once again and with Guerra once again driving the much larger Dickinson into the boards. Dickinson dropped the gloves and grabbed Guerra as the they went to the ice Guerra landed a right hand. Both linesmen tied Guerra up who was on top of Dickinson giving the Mudbugs’ defenseman an opportunity to land a right of his own.

At the same time Frank Trazzera and CJ Regula came out of the scrum tangled up, but neither landed any blows as they went to the ice. Along the endboards Gabe Potyk and McGee traded a couple of right hooks before McGee ended up on his back with Potyk on top of him.

Shreveport won the shots on goal as well 25-20 and went 2-3 on the power play with a shorthanded goal to boot while holding Lone Star to 0-6 with the man advantage. The Brahmas’ sixth straight loss combined a Corpus Christi win in Odessa dropped Lone Star to fifth in the South Division.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Amarillo at Topeka

It was all Bulls at the Kansas Expo Center Gabriel Seger had the only goal of the first. Jason Brancheau, Brendan West and Logan Jenuwine tallied in the second. Jenuwine added two more in the third for the hat trick then Trey Bagwell closed out the seven goal outburst. Jason Grande stopped all 22 shots he faced for the shootout win.

Corpus Christi at Odessa

The Icerays while not as lopsided as the Bulls’ win also dominated their contest against the Jackalopes. Blake Bennett scored just 33 seconds into the contest and the Icerays never looked back. Nikita Krivokrasov and Anthony Firriolo added goals before the 9:00 minute mark of the first. Firriolo scored his second of the night late in the second and Jake Stella followed less than a minute later. Santeri Hartikainen had the only goal of the third.  Brian George picked up the win on 25 saves.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

Amarillo Bulls 26 19 3 2 2 42
Topeka Pilots 29 14 11 2 2 32
Shreveport Mudbugs 28 13 11 1 3 30
Corpus Christi IceRays 26 14 11 1 0 29
Lone Star Brahmas 28 11 12 2 3 27
Odessa Jackalopes 27 11 15 0 1 23


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