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Brahmas Lose Heart Breaker In Third OT

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Brahmas suffered a hear breaking loss to the Shreveport Mudbugs Monday night in a contest that took three overtimes to decide a winner.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs took to the ice for a decisive game five in their NAHL South Division Semi-Finals on Monday. It had been a hard fought battle through the first four games and the fans were going to be witness to another epic game this night.

At the 11:00 minute mark of the first, Scott Persson fired a shot from the left point that got through Shreveport netminder Leo Chuard, but slid just wide of the far post. It took Chuard a second to find the puck and dive on it to stop play. That play was followed up moments later by a Joey Baez blocked shot and odd man rush up ice. Unfortunately Baez could not get the puck to settle and as a result did not get much on the shot allowing Chuard to close the five hole.

With just under five minutes to play, Mudbugs Captain Jay Feiwell had a point blank opportunity that Seth Eisele swallowed up to stop play. Eisele made another huge save at the 17:57 mark on a Matt Weber shot from just off the near post that was labeled for the top shelf. However, Eisele slid across and wore it off his shoulder then covered it with the glove.

Michal Stinil made it 1-0 Lone Star when he picked off a clearing attempt at the far point then skated around three defenders as he carried it low in the near circle and lifted a backhander over the blocker of Chuard. Time of the goal was 3:52 of the second. At 6:32, Thomas Daskas had a redirect past Chuard, but it rang off the far post and stayed out.

Near the 8:00 minute mark the Mudbugs went in on a two on one rush with Jacob Skolnik carrying it down the far side. Eisel was patient as Skolnik delayed then rifled one on net. Eisele made the save then stoned Conor Witherspoon on the rebound attempt from the slot.

With 3:02 left in the frame Timothy Clifton and Josh Martin were exchanging cross checks along the boards when Clifton discarded the gloves and went after Martin. It was a very short bout with Clifton ending up flat of his back and Martin on top of him delivering rights.

Kimball Johnson went to the box at 18:48 for a hold below the Brahmas goal line. With all the officials had let go on to that point it was a very ticky-tack call by Referee David Lilly from beyond the red line. The call came despite referee John Lindner who was three feet from the play allowing the play to continue. With just 16.5 left in the frame, Carson Nichols put back a rebound of a Ryan Dickinson point shot to knot it at 1-1 going into the intermission.

At the 7:57 mark of the third Persson sent the puck deep into the Shreveport zone where Stinil kept it alive with a strong play along the endboards. Daskas picked it up and wrapped it around the near post to retake the lead.

Feiwell redirected a Nichols shot through traffic and past Eisele at 18:20 with the Mudbugs skating with the extra attacker to tie it at 2-2. The late goal would eventually force overtime.

Shreveport came out strong in the overtime building on the momentum from their late third period goal, but Eisele put the team on his back stopping all 11 shots he faced to push it to a second overtime period.

On a big scramble in front, Clifton scored the game winner with 9:16 left in the third overtime period on a rebound just off the near post in a game neither team deserved to lose.

Shreveport outshot Lone Star 56-33 on the night. Neither team was able to take advantage of the power play with the Mudbugs going 0-2 and the Brahmas 0-1.

 

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