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Brahmas Take One Game Lead Over Mudbugs

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Andrew DeCarlo scored on a second period breakaway to give the Lone Star Brahmas the only goal they would need on the night as netminder Seth Eisele stopped all 28 shots that came his way. With the win the Brahmas took a one game lead over the Shreveport Mudbugs in the best of five series.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs took to the ice at George’s Pond – Hirsch Coliseum on Friday night with their NAHL South Division Semi Finals series tied at one game apiece.

Not much was going on in the opening ten minutes of play with the Mudbugs managing just two shots on goal. Lone Star’s first shot came just after the midway point of the frame with the Brahmas on the power play. With 8:25 left in the frame Zach Heintz slapped the rebound of a Michal Stinil shot out of midair past Leo Chuard into the twine. However, the official waived off the goal saying Heintz played the puck with a high stick.

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Seth Eisele pitched a shutout to push the Brahmas to a 2-1 lead in their best of five series against Shreveport.

With 6:10 gone in the second Shreveport went on their first power play opportunity of the evening, but the Brahmas penalty kill was up to the task not allowing a single shot on goal. The ice began to tilt in Lone Stars’ favor. Chuard made a flailing save on a Matt Guerra shot in close throwing his left leg into the air to kick away the shot headed toward the open net. A big stick lift by Stinil on a Shreveport rush into the zone led to a takeaway and a Brahmas odd man rush. Noah Roofe grabbed the loose puck and spotted Andrew DeCarlo streaking down the ice behind the defense. DeCarlo stickhandled getting Chuard to drop into the butterfly then lifted a backhander over the left pad at the 18:21 mark. With just 18 seconds left DeCarlo just missed his second of the frame pounding the puck off the near post.

The Brahmas controlled play for much of the third with Seth Eisele making saves and controlling rebounds to prevent second chances. None was bigger than a save of a redirection with 1:08 left to play following another Clayton Lackey blocked shot.

Lone Star outshot Shreveport 30-28. Both teams were scoreless on the power play with the Brahmas going 0-3 and the Mudbugs 0-1.

With the win the Brahmas moved out to a 2-1 lead in the best of five series. Game four is on tap for 7:11 pm Saturday. Lone Star could advance to the NAHL South Finals with a win and at a minimum will return to NYTEX Sports Centre for a deciding game five if Shreveport manages a win in game four.

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