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Brahmas Rolled By Mudbugs

 

The Lone Star Brahmas six game win streak came to a screeching halt Monday afternoon against the visiting Shreveport Mudbugs. As a result they now share second place in the NAHL South Division with that same Mudbugs squad.

Lone Star had a golden opportunity in the first when Blake Evennou blocked a shot that rebounded all the way to the other end of the ice with Evennou in hot pursuit. Maiszon Balboa came well out of the net just beating Evennou to the puck, but was unable to get the puck past the Brahmas’ defenseman. Evennou sent it toward the wide open net, but Mark Capkovic dove with his stick fully extended to bail Balboa out with an improbable save. The robbery by Capkovic unfortunately was a harbinger of things to come for Lone Star the rest of the way.

At the 12:26 mark of the first a questionable penalty shot was awarded to Shreveport putting Warren Natyshak on the center dot, but Seth Eisele was up to the task denying the Mudbugs’ forward. Shreveport who had controlled play from the initial puck drop finally broke through at 16:56 of the first on a redirect in front by Conor Witherspoon with assists to CJ Regula and Anton Rubtsov.

Lone Star escaped the opening period down just one despite being outshot 12-3 in the frame even though they had a 40 second 5 on 3 power play opportunity.

At 6:13 of the second the Mudbugs pushed the lead to 2-0 on a wrister from the near circle by Timothy Clifton with assists to Regula and Jay Feiwell.

With 10:58 left the teams lined up for a draw to Balboa’s right and a tremendous individual effort by Thomas Daskas to bully his way through a defender then make a sweeping dive to keep the puck in the zone led to the Brahmas first goal. Andrew DeCarlo grabbed the loose puck and fed it to Eric Huss all alone in front. Huss stick handled to get Balboa moving then lifted it over the right pad to cut the lead in half. Lone Star evened it up off a defensive zone draw with DeCarlo pulling it back to Evennou who played it off the far boards to Daskas streaking down the middle of the ice. Daskas picked it up in stride, drove the front of the net and ripped it through Balboa at the 19:06 mark.

Despite the late goal by the Brahmas in the second it was the Mudbugs who came out strong once again. Less than a minute into the third, Dakota Concannon got behind the defense on an odd man rush. Once again Eisele was up to the task kicking it aside with the pads. A blown call of tripping on Huss at 2:58 put the Mudbugs on the power play. Replays show that Huss’ stick never came anywhere near the skates of Jacob Skolnik. It took Shreveport 11 seconds to convert. Regula fed it back to Clifton who sent it across ice to Witherspoon. Clifton followed the puck for the return pass then skated to the near dot and fired it through traffic over Eisele’s left shoulder. At 7:45 Evennou fanned on a pass in the neutral zone giving the puck over to Rubtsov who had a clear path to the front of the net beating Eisele five hole. Down two the Brahmas pulled Eisele with just over four minutes to play. The gamble would not pay off as Ryan Dickinson scored into the empty net unassisted at the 17:59 mark.

Just 12 seconds later Gabe Potyk found Vadim Kiryakov in the high slot. Kiryakov went backhand-forehand and put it past Balboa stick side.

Once again Eisele was called to the bench late and Feiwell blocked a shot then flipped it down ice into the vacant net for the 6-3 final.

Shreveport had a ridiculous advantage in shots on goal at 39-13. Both teams were 1-4 on the power play. With the loss the Brahmas six game win streak and seven game point streak were stopped.

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

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Current NAHL South Division Standings

Team

GP W L OTL SOL

PTS

Amarillo Bulls

36

27 5 2 2

58

Shreveport Mudbugs

39

18 15 2 4

42

Lone Star Brahmas

39

18 15 2 4

42

Corpus Christi IceRays

38

20 17 1 0

41

Topeka Pilots

39

17 16 2 4

40

Odessa Jackalopes

37

14 21 1 1

30

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