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Brahmas See Mudbugs Even Series At 1-1

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Seth Eisele played well again in game two, but an own goal by the Lone Star Brahmas allowed the Shreveport Mudbugs to send the series back to Louisiana tied at one game apiece.


The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs met for game two of their opening round NAHL Robertson Cup Playoff series. The Brahmas were looking to go up two games to none while the Mudbugs were hoping to go back to Shreveport tied at a game apiece.

In direct contrast to game one it was the Brahmas who came out firing shots on goal and seeming to control play. Then with at the 5:33 mark Anton Rubtsov knocked the puck loose from Scott Persson in neutral ice and sending Tim Khokhlachev into the zone where he split the defense on the way to the net. Khokhlachev managed to one hand a centering pass to Carson Nichols streaking down the slot to put the puck past Seth Eisele on Shreveport’s first shot of the game. At 15:35 Conor Witherspoon somehow managed to bank in a sharp angle goal from below the goal line on the leftwing.

The second period belonged to the Brahmas for the second night in a row. Nick Siffringer cut the lead in half just 4:09 into the middle frame. Persson had pushed a pass up ice to Noah Roofe on a breakaway. Roofe fanned on the shot from the left hashmark, but kept the puck alive putting it back to Siffringer at the faceoff dot for a onetimer past Leo Chuard. The Siffringer goal woke up the Shoebox crowd and the Brahmas fed off of the renewed energy. Lone Star evened it up at the 15:16 mark after an offensive zone faceoff win by Matt Guerra. Persson punched it to Michal Stinil for a shot through traffic that Chuard knocked down. Joey Baez came in from the off side and flipped a backhander over the sprawling netminder to make it a new game.

At roughly 1:30 into the third Mudbugs’ Captain Jay Feiwell got behind the defense on a lone man rush, but Eisele stoned him with the glove to keep the score knotted at 2-2. Eisele came up big once more with right at six minutes gone robbing Nichols point blank with the left pad.

With 2:21 left to play Stinil was bring the puck out from behind Eisele’s cage when he and Tim Henriksson got tangled up and the puck skittered between the left skate of Eisele and the far post to hand a lead to Shreveport. The Brahmas pulled Eisele for the extra attacker and it looked as though Jack Jaunich would ice it away for the visitors when he brought the puck up ice and fired a wrister from the far point. However, Brahmas’ Captain Frank Trazzera made a diving save to keep Lone Star’s hopes alive. With Lone Star skating on the power play Matt Weber picked off the puck at the Shreveport blueline and sent it the length of the ice into the open net.

Shreveport won the shots on goal battle 29-27. Both teams managed one power play goal with the Mudbugs going 1-8 and the Brahmas 1-6.



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Corpus Christi at Amarillo

The Icerays broke the Bulls home ice advantage going up two games to none as the series shifts back to Corpus Christi for games three and four. Anthony Firriolo put the Icerays out front with the only goal of the opening 20 minutes of play. Amarillo sandwiched goals around a Kyle Moore tally to send it to the third tied 2-2. The Bulls took their only lead of the contest at 1:28 of the third, but Santeri Hartikainen wiped out the lead 1:18 later. Moore would add his second of the night followed by a Blake Bennett goal only to see the Bulls come back with two late to force overtime. Moore finished the hat trick and Amarillo 1:17 into the extra frame. Brian George picked up his second playoff win making 48 saves.

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