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Brahmas Rebound For Shootout Win

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: It was a big night for the Brahmas defensemen with Scott Persson scoring in round one of the shootout while Blake Evennou had four points on 1G-3A, Kimball Johnson had 1G-1A and Trevor Wilhelm had 1G-0A to lead Lone Star over Shreveport.


The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs faced off for game two of their three game set on Saturday and Hirsch Coliseum. Shreveport had taken game one of the series by a 3-1 score extending the Brahmas’ winless streak to six games.

After going 0-7 on the man advantage in game one, the Brahmas got the first opportunity of the game Saturday. Lone Star set up in the zone with Blake Evennou and Kimball Johnson playing catch up top. Johnson sent it to Evennou at the top of the far circle then the two traded places with Evennou putting a pass right on Johnson’s tape for a slapper through traffic into the twine at 11:02. Matt Guerra picked up the secondary assist on the play. Lone Star would get opportunity number two just over a minute later when Joel Frazee slew footed Joey Trazzera after the whistle earning a major penalty and game ejection. Lone Star pushed it to a two goal lead after Joey Baez sent a cross ice pass from the far circle to Johnson who found Evennou at the point for a blistering shot blocker side on Leo Chuard at 13:20.

However, for the second night in a row the Mudbugs would pot a shorthanded goal. Jay Feiwell and Ethan Harrison went on a two on one rush up the ice with Feiwell making a late pass across to Harrison to redirect past a sliding Seth Eisele with 5:35 left in the period.

Off the opening drop in the second Evennou cycled the puck from low right wing to Clayton Lackey at the far point. He sent it to Trevor Wilhelm for a quick wrister past the glove hand of Chuard at 0:19 of the period.

Once again the Mudbugs would have a quick response. Jack Jaunich sent one toward net that went off a skate in front coming to rest between the hash marks where Tim Khokhlachev pounded it past Eisele at the 1:07 mark.

With 8:53 to go in the third the teams lined up for a faceoff to Chuard’s right following a boarding call against the Mudbugs. Guerra pulled it back to Evennou who skated it to center before firing a shot on net. Chuard made the initial save, but Baez pounced on the rebound to make it 4-2 Lone Star.

Gueorgui Feduolov pulled the Mudbugs within one at the 13:38 mark on a drive from the high slot With Anton Rubtsov and Timothy Clifton registering the assists. With the Mudbugs skating with the extra attacker and 1:23 left on the clock, Feduolov sent one on net from distance. Eisele made the save then stoned Matthew Smoliga from close range, but Lukass Sicevs got the next rebound to go to tie it up at 4-4.

A scoreless overtime set the stage for some heroics in the shootout.

Scott Persson was the first up for Lone Star. He picked up the and zig-zagged down the middle then sent a wrister five hole to put the Brahmas ahead one.

Guerra was next after a Shreveport miss and he took the puck wide right in front of the Mudbugs’ bench then curled back across the crease on the backhand. Once Chuard moved to cut off the far post, Guerra slammed on the brakes making a 90 degree turn back to the near post and the forehand for a shot into the wide open net.

Eisele closed the door on Shreveport with a big left pad save on the next shooter to seal the victory and pick up the additional point.

Shots on goal were 38-30 Shreveport, but the Brahmas came up big on special teams going 3-5 on the man advantage while holding the Mudbugs to 0-1, but giving up the shorty.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Amarillo at Topeka

The Bulls manhandled the Pilots for the second night in a row. Jason Brancheau got the scoring started with the lone first period goal. Cooper Fensterstock and Ryan Lautenbach sandwiched goals around one from Topeka in the second followed by tallies from Gabriel Seger and Logan Jenuwine. Jason Grande stopped 17 of 18 for the win.


Corpus Christi at Odessa

It was a barn burner in the Permian Basin as the Icerays and Jackalopes combined for 12 goals on the night. Both teams scored once in the first with Nikita Krivokrasov potting the Icerays goal. Odessa took a brief lead in the second before the Icerays reeled off four in just under seven minutes. The goals came from Mitch Machlitt, Jackson Nauss and a pair from Jake Stella. Jack Smiley added another for Corpus Christi in the third. Odessa scored twice to claw their way back in, but Anthony Firriolo scored an much needed insurance goal as the Jackalopes had one more late in the frame. Sam Best notched the win despite giving up five goals on 39 shots faced.


Current NAHL South Division Standings

Amarillo Bulls 27 20 3 2 2 44
Topeka Pilots 30 14 12 2 2 32
Corpus Christi IceRays 27 15 11 1 0 31
Shreveport Mudbugs 29 13 11 1 4 31
Lone Star Brahmas 29 12 12 2 3 29
Odessa Jackalopes 28 11 16 0 1 23


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