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Brahmas Battle But Fall 3-1

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Dawson Tritt's power play goal was all the offense the Brahmas could muster against the Shreveport Mudbugs in a 3-1 road loss.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas were looking to rebound from an embarrassing 5-1 loss to the Shreveport Mudbugs on Friday night when they took to the Hirsch Coliseum ice on Saturday. Play was back and forth through the first half of the opening frame until Shreveport went on the power play.

The power play came at 14:14 of the first on a roughing minor to Jack Collins who was standing up for Alternate Captain Mitchel Digby after Dawson Sciarrino checked him from behind in front of the Brahmas’ bench. Digby was down for an extended period and had to be attended to by the trainer, but only Collins went to the box. The teams lined up for a faceoff to the left of Graham Burke and when the puck dropped Austin Brimmer literally put a head lock on Dylan Smith and drug him down to the ice yet Referee David Lilly swallowed the whistle and looked the other way.

Shreveport took advantage of the gift and took a 1-0 lead when Braiden Dorfman sent a cross ice pass to Joe Mack in the near circle for a onetimer past the glove hand of Burke at 15:43.

Just 27 seconds into the second Sciarrino capitalized on a Brimmer takeaway and drove the net to push it past the left skate od Burke for a two goal lead.

The Brahmas killed off  33 second of a 5 on 3 penalty kill early in the second with Burke making a couple of big saves to generate some momentum. At 6:44 Lone Star went on a power play of their own and had it set up in the zone. Joey Baez set it from the top of the far circle to Luke Johnson low on the near side for an immediate pass to Dawson Tritt lust off the far post. Tritt deposited it in the back of the net before Cole Hudson could recover.

The Brahmas continued to battle throughout the third but continued to have issues with the speed of Shreveport. Burke was pulled with roughly two minutes left but Giovani Procopio took a Garret Steele pass into the zone and put it in the empty net with 1:04 left to play to seal the win for Shreveport.

Lone Star held a 25-22 lead in shots on goal and both teams went 1-4 on the power play. With the loss the Brahmas relinquished the lead in the NAHL South to the Mudbugs who also have three games in hand.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Wichita Falls at Amarillo

The Bulls held a 2-0 lead until just 31 seconds left in the second when Drake Usher got the Warriors on the board. Wichita Falls would outscore Amarillo two to one in the third with Marcus Frantz and Hunter Jones accounting for the Warrior goals to force overtime. At 4:10 of the extra frame Vincent Corcoran scored the game winner for Wichita Falls. Ryan Ullan stopped 43 of 46 shots he faced for the win.

New Mexico at Odessa

The Jackalopes got a bit of payback after dropping Friday night’s game to the visiting Ice Wolves. Following a scoreless first Charles-Edward Tardif put Odessa on the board. JR Perdion and Mike Manzo added third period tallies for the 3-0 final. Cooper Black recorded the shutout on 21 saves.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

Team

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Shreveport Mudbugs

37

25 7 2 3

55

Lone Star Brahmas

40 26 13 1 0

53

Amarillo Bulls

38 21 10 3 4

49

Wichita Falls Warriors

36 21 10 1 4

47

New Mexico Ice Wolves

40

13 24 1 2

29

Odessa Jackalopes

39 9 25 2 3

23

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