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Brahmas Can’t Recover From 82 Second Stretch Of First

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Quinn Emerson's third period goal was one of the few bright spots for the Brahmas as they dropped a 5-1 road decision to the Shreveport Mudbugs. It was Emerson's first goal giving him four points on the season with all four points coming in his last six games played.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas went on the road to face the Shreveport Mudbugs at Georges Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport and suffered a 5-1 loss.

Lone Star seemed to be controlling play early until about the four minute mark when the Brahmas had a big rush up ice for a golden opportunity. However, Malcolm Palmer pushed the shot just wide of the post. The Mudbugs quickly countered turning it up ice. Giovanni Procopio got it started finding Jacob Onstott in the left wing circle. Onstott hit Matt Vermaeten with a breakout pass and he got around Alex Murray to put it five hole on Guy Blessing as the two crashed into the Brahmas netminder. Time of the goal was 4:03 of the first. Blessing was slow to get back to his skates and was attended to by the trainer but remained in net. Just 36 seconds later Mitchel Digby coughed one up to Vermaeten at the Brahmas blueline with clear ice in front of him. He skated to the high slot and sent a wrister into the twine. Dawson Sciarrino picked up an assist on the play.

After the goal Blessing who was struggling physically was replaced by Graham Burke in net.

Matter continued to get worse for Lone Star as Dylan Smith was whistled for a checking from behind minor at the 5:12 mark putting Shreveport on the power play. It took the Mudbugs just 23 seconds to cash in with Braiden Dorfman finding Joe Mack on the backdoor for an elevated onetimer over Burke’s blocker. With 3:40 left in the frame Sean Bunting came in on another odd man rush but Burke made a huge save to keep Lone Star in the game.

Lone Star started the third on the power play but it was Shreveport who picked up another goal. On the play Matt Weber and Mack went in on a two on one with Weber carrying the puck down the near side. Burke came out to take the shooting lane from Weber who continued behind the net. As he did he caught Burke’s right leg pulling him further out of the crease and preventing the Brahmas netminder from recovering. Weber pushed it back out front to Mack who backhanded it through Smith who valiantly tried to man the goal. The goal came just 29 seconds into the third.

At 1:16 Nick Niemo sent a beautiful cross ice pass to Joey Baez at the base of the near circle for a big onetimer. As everything else had gone for the Brahmas Baez’s blast went off the inside of the far post and out of the zone. With about seven minutes gone Zach Purcell rang another off the pipes adding to the Brahmas frustrations.

The Brahmas finally broke through at 9:10 of the third when Quinn Emerson fired one on net from distance that Arseni Sergeyev sticked aside. Caige Sterzer kept the play alive battling through two Mudbug defenders behind the cage to get it back to Emerson in the slot for a quick shot past Sergeyev who was scrambling in the paint.

It did not take long for Shreveport to provide an answer as the Brahmas defense left Garrett Steele all alone between the hashmarks and he rifled a Connor Gatto centering feed just under the crossbar at 10:35.

Despite the strong start to the contest for Lone Star the quick scoring barrage by the Mudbugs took the wind out of the Brahmas sails and allowed Shreveport to play aggressive defense the rest of the way. Shreveport held a one shot lead in shots on goal at 31-30 they also won the special teams play. The Mudbugs not only were 1-3 on the power play they held Lone Star to 0-7 on their opportunities and scored a shorty.

Boxscore

 

Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Wichita Falls at Amarillo

Ryan Coughlin had the only goal of the first with Wichita Falls evening the score with the only goal of the second. Coughlin and Nick Martino both scored in the first half of the third for the 3-1 final. Hunter Garvey picked up the win in net making 31 saves.

New Mexico at Odessa

The Jackalopes sandwiched goals around a Joey Larson in the first, but Keegan Langefels and Nikolai Dulak brought the Ice Wolves back in the second. The third period clicked off the clock with no further scoring giving New Mexico a 3-2 win. Beni Halasz faced 28 shots on goal in the winning effort.

 

Current NAHL South Standings

Teams

GP

W L OTL SOL

PTS

Shreveport Mudbugs

36

24 7 2 3

53

Lone Star Brahmas

39

26 12 1 0

53

Amarillo Bulls

37

21 10 2 4

48

Wichita Falls Warriors

35

20 10 1 4

45

New Mexico Ice Wolves

39

13 23 1 2

29

Odessa Jackalopes

38

8 25 2 3

21

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