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Brahmas Suffer 3-1 Loss To Mudbugs

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs closed out their three game set on Sunday having split games one and two.

After a scoreless opening 20 minutes of play, the Mudbugs took a 1-0 lead in the second off the stick of Jacob Skolnik. With a delayed penalty coming against Lone Star, Connor Witherspoon sent a pass into the high slot to a wide open Skolnik for a onetimer over the glove hand of Seth Eisele at 11:48. Lukass Siceves picked up the secondary assist on the play.

The score remained 1-0 Shreveport through the 13:07 mark of the third. Clayton Lackey put one on net where Maiszon Balboa made the initial save. Joey Trazzera put the puck past Balboa, but could not get it across the line. However, Thomas Daskas was able to reach behind the Mudbugs’ netminder and nudge the puck into the back of the net to knot the score at 1-1.

Shreveport went on their sixth power play of the night with 4:17 to go in the third. Lone Star had killed off the majority of the penalty when referee John Lindner decided to insert himself into the game. At 17:18 of the third a high sticking minor was called on Trevor Wilhelm which would have given the Mudbugs 25 seconds of a five on three power play. However, despite the fact that Lone Star had three players on the ice at the faceoff circle ready for the faceoff while Shreveport was huddled at their bench Lindner hit the Brahmas with a rather odd delay of game penalty. The effect was an early Christmas gift for Shreveport of a five on three power play for all but 42 seconds of the remainder of the game.

Once the puck was dropped, the Brahmas easily killed off the 25 second balance of the initial penalty and should have returned to a five on four kill were it not for the delay of game call. With 1:15 left in regulation Tim Khokhlachev fired an Ethan Harrison pass off the glove of Eisele and in for the power play game winner. Shreveport would add an empty net power play goal 49 seconds later to put the game out of reach.

The Mudbugs outshot the Brahmas only 36-28 on the night. Shreveport the second most penalized team in the league were whistled for two minor penalties in the game while Lone Star was hit with nine. The Brahmas were unable to score on their two opportunities, but the Mudbugs took full advantage of their opportunities especially the five on three to go 2-9.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

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Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Amarillo Bulls

27

20 3 2 2

44

Shreveport Mudbugs

30

14 11 1 4

33

Topeka Pilots

30

14 12 2 2

32

Corpus Christi IceRays

27

15 11 1 0

31

Lone Star Brahmas

30

12 13 2 3

29

Odessa Jackalopes

28

11 16 0 1

23

 

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