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Brahmas Lock Down Second Place With SO Win

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Michal Stinil sealed home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs with a shooutout game winner against the Shreveport Mudbugs.

 

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs took to the ice Friday night with second place in the NAHL South and home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs on the line.

The Mudbugs went on the first power play of the night just under five minutes into the contest. Lone Star’s penalty kill, which ranks near the top of the league, was up to the task not allowing a single shot on goal.

The scoreless tie was broken at the 10:19 mark of the first. Timothy Clifton fired a shot from the far halfwall. Seth Eisele made the initial save, but the puck jumped out of his glove and rolled behind him. Jack Jaunich went flying past the Brahmas’ netminder and poked the loose puck across the line. Matt Weber picked up the secondary assist on the play.

Lone Star got the game back even with 5:39 to go in the first when Sam Brennan hit Clayton Lackey with a breakout pass. Lackey went speeding down the right wing before ripping one on net. Leo Chuard knocked it down, but did not control the rebound leaving the puck bouncing around in front for Nick Siffringer to pound into the twine. Lone Star just missed going up one with less than two minutes left. While skating on the power play Michal Stinil sent a onetimer on net from the far circle and had Chuard dead to rights only to see the puck clank off the iron and out.

Shreveport had another man advantage early in the second, but just like in the first the rubber never made it to Eisele due in large part to Lackey. The Scottsdale, AZ native blocked a big blast from Mudbugs Captain Jay Feiwell then struggled to get back to his feet feeling. Lackey did all he could to remain in the play and made a second big block then flipped the puck the length of the ice from the seat of his pants. Scott Persson grabbed his teammate by the back of the jersey and pushed him back to the bench for the line change. The Mudbugs went back on the power play at the 7:40 mark. This time they managed to get one past Eisele. Off a right wing draw Ethan Harrison pulled it back to CJ McGee who found Clifton in the slot for a wrister through traffic and just under the crossbar.

The Brahmas went on the power play late and had a lot of pressure on Chuard but could not put the puck past him. Just as the man advantage ended, Blake Evennou carried the puck into the zone and blasted it just wide of the near post. The puck came hard off the end boards and Andrew DeCarlo trailing the play came speeding in and rifled it over the blocker to knot the score once again.

The Brahmas took their first lead of the night at 5:53 of the third after Lackey sent a home run pass up the far wall to Zach Heintz on a breakaway with Joey Baez heading down the right wing side on an odd man rush. Heintz sent it across to Baez pulling Chuard to the near post. Baez sent it right back to Heintz who redirected it into the open net.

Moments later Shreveport went back on the power play and once again the visitors were not able to get a single shot on goal. However, just as the Brahmas were back to even strength Feiwell found the puck between the hashmarks and sent it just inside the right post to even it up at 8:32. Warren Natyshak and Gueorgui Feduolov were credited with assists on the play. An unassisted goal by Dakota Concannon off a scramble in front at 11:56 put Shreveport back on top.

The Brahmas made it a game again when Kimball Johnson grabbed a clearing attempt at the near point. Denton, TX native danced around a defender as he skated it to the faceoff dot then hit Eric Huss crashing the net with a nice centering pass. Huss did the rest slapping it blocker side on Chuard.

With 1:16 left in regulation, several players were involved in a scrum in the far corner of the Shreveport end of the ice when Matt Guerra was whistled for a five minute spearing major and game misconduct by the linesman Michael Ifkovits who was all the way across the ice at the near side blueline.

Lone Star managed to prevent a shot on goal pushing the game to overtime. However, with the major penalty carrying over the teams skated 4 on 3 with the Mudbugs on the power play. The Brahmas were looking good until 2:22 mark when Anton Rubtsov got loose just off the far post, but Eisele made a power move to get across and stone the former Brahma with a huge pad save. Eisele stood tall making more do or die saves to kill off the remainder of the major penalty and sent the contest to a shootout.

Feiwell was first up and got one through Eisele between the arm and the body to put Shreveport up early.

Johnson was first for Lone Star and took it wide right before cutting back across and beating Chuard five hole.

Eisele denied the next two shooters setting the stage for Stinil. The American International commit picked it up at center went wide left then back to the middle before pushing it back against the grain for another five hole and the game winner.

Shots on goal were 34-27 Shreveport. Lone Star was 0-5 on the power play while Shreveport was 1-5. With the win the Brahmas locked down second place in the NAHL South and home ice advantage through the first round of the post season.

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Elsewhere Around the NAHL South Div

Topeka at Corpus Christi

Matthew Headland scored just 2:26 into the first and Samuel Vyletelka made it stand up stopping all 34 shots he faced for the win. The win secured the fourth and final playoff spot for the Icerays.

Amarillo at Odessa

David Ojamae had the only goal of the first as the Bulls carried a 1-0 lead into the second. Odessa knotted it up with the only goal of the second. Amarillo went back up on a Logan Jenuwine goal early in the third only to see the Jackalopes pull even once again. It took only 23 seconds for Ryan Lautenbach to win it in overtime. Jason Evenson allowed two goals on 36 shots for the win.

Current NAHL South Div Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

y – Amarillo Bulls

59 45 8 3 3

96

x – Lone Star Brahmas

59

30 21 3 5

68

x – Shreveport Mudbugs

59

28 21 4 6

66

x – Corpus Christi IceRays

59

28 28 2 1

59

Topeka Pilots

59

23 28 3 5

54

Odessa Jackalopes

59

21 34 2 2

46

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