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Brahmas Pick Up Shootout Win

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Lone Star Brahmas netminder Seth Eisele stopped 51 shots through overtime and all three he faced in the shootout as the Brahmas defeated the Shreveport Mudbugs 3-2 Saturday night.

The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs met for the rubber game of their three game series. The Brahmas had taken game one with the Mudbugs coming from behind to take the win in game two. Saturday night would be another hard fought battle coming down to a shootout before the game was decided.

Just 41 seconds after the opening puck drop the Brahmas had the puck deep in the Shreveport zone when Frank Trazzera from just off the right wing post found Noah Roofe in the high slot. Roofe banged one on net that Leo Chuard got a pad on, but the puck went right back to Roofe for and other shot. Once again the rebound jumped back out front, but this time Joey Baez pounced and put it into a wide open net.

About 4:30 in the Mudbugs came in on a three on two rush with Gueorgui Feduolov ripping a backdoor onetimer on net, but Seth Eisele pushed hard to his right and absorbed the point blank shot.

With 6:17 left in the frame Vadim Kiryakov split CJ McGee and Ryan Dickinson to go streaking down ice with McGee using the stick on him the whole way. Kiryakov pushed the puck to the forehand and ripped it past Chuard blocker side for the two goal lead. Andrew DeCarlo and Blake Evennou picked up assists on the play.

With only 35 seconds to go Jack Jaunich tried to stuff one inside the far post, but the net came off before Jaunich’s second swipe at the puck sending it into the net. After initially signaling it as a good goal the officials got together to discuss the play and made the correct call wiping off the goal.

Shreveport cut the lead in half on the power play to open the second period. On the play Feduolov fired a shot from the near point that Dickinson redirected past Eisele from just outside the paint. Time of the goal was 1:06.

Joey Trazzera and Jacob Skolnik shed the mitts at the 11:42 mark for a very spirited bout. The two combatants traded rights early then Trazzera got the upper hand landing a couple as Skolnik tried to bury his head. Skolnik came back with a good right hook before the two tied up patting each other on the back as the linesmen came in. Advantage Trazzera.

The Mudbugs got another early period goal to start the third. At the 1:31 mark with the former Brahma Anto Rubtsov redirecting the puck past Eisele with what could easily been deemed a high stick. CJ Regula and Andrew Jackson were credited with the assists on the play. Despite Shreveport outshooting Lone Star 14 – 3 in the period, Eisele was able to make some big saves keeping the Brahmas in the game.

Eisele was even bigger in overtime stopping everything that came his way with the Mudbugs outshooting Lone Star 7-0 in the extra frame.

After two scoreless rounds in the shootout, Evennou jumped over the boards for the Brahmas. He picked it up at center ice with some pace taking it to the left then cutting back to the middle putting his shot back against the grain and past the right skate of Chuard. Regula was the last hope for Shreveport, but Eisele was up to the task once again making the save and handing Lone Star the extra point.

The Mudbugs outshot Lone Star 53-19 and scored the only power play goal going 1-2 while Lone Star failed to get an attempt.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Division

Amarillo at Odessa

The two teams at opposite ends of the South Division standings met on Ector County Coliseum ice with the Jackalopes coming out on top 4-3 in a shootout. Odessa entered the second down a goal, but Joseph Winkelmann scored a pair of goals to briefly hand the Jackalopes the lead. Amarillo tied it up once again before the end of the frame. The teams traded goals in the third with Kellen Tharaldson hitting the net for Odessa. It took the Jackalopes five rounds to win it in the shootout with Lev Bure getting the winner. Alex Camarre logged the win on 43 saves.

Corpus Christi at Fairbanks

Still underway


Topeka at Kenai River

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Current NAHL South Division Standings





Amarillo Bulls


31 5 2 3


Shreveport Mudbugs


21 16 2 5


Lone Star Brahmas

44 21 17 2 4


Corpus Christi IceRays


21 20 1 0


Topeka Pilots


17 18 2 5


Odessa Jackalopes


16 23 1 1


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