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Brahmas Make Statement With Weekend Shutout

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: The Brahmas' Guy Blessing pitched a weekend shutout blanking the the Shreveport Mudbugs in back to back games. The Mudbugs came into the series boasting one of the NAHL's top five offenses, but were unable to put anything past Blessing in 120 minutes of play.


The Lone Star Brahmas took the ice Saturday in Shreveport looking to pick up the weekend sweep and put some room between themselves and the Mudbugs. The Brahmas did exactly that making a strong statement in the process shutting out Shreveport for the weekend on their home ice.


Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Dylan Smith scored the game winning goal on a redirect in front just over nine minutes into the third period.

Early on the game unfolded much as it did in game one of the series with Guy Blessing and Cole Hudson making big saves on both ends of the ice to keep it a scoreless game. Blessing was much more active in net facing 14 shots to six for Hudson in the opening frame.

The contest continued on with back and forth action through the 5:48 mark of the second. That is when Owen Nolan carried the puck down the right wing then shuffled it across to Jack Collins on the backdoor. Collins being harassed by a Mudbugs defenseman managed to punch it into the back of the net behind Hudson, but Referee Jack Young waved it off from the far halfwall.

Things remained scoreless until 9:09 of the third when Cole Bielke kept in a clearing attempt at the far point. He pushed it along the blueline to Mitchell Digby with a cross ice pass. Digby fired one toward net that Dylan Smith redirected past Hudson into the twine. With just 50 seconds left and the Mudbugs skating with the extra attacker, Joey Baez sent one about 165 feet into the empty net for the two goal lead.

Shreveport outshot Lone Star 28-24 on the night. The Brahmas continued their strong penalty kill play holding the Mudbugs scoreless on four opportunities. Lone Star has now killed off 37 straight opponent power plays. The last power play goal allowed by the Brahmas came on December 19 in Odessa. The Brahmas had two man advantage opportunities on the night but failed to score.



Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Amarillo at New Mexico

Nikolai Dulak put the first point on the board at 1:41 of the second. New Mexico would tie it up before the end of the period, but goals from Ryan Coughlin and Harrison Scott in the third would give the Bulls the win. Andrew Takacs got the win on 21 saves.

Wichita Falls at Odessa

The Warriors completed the weekend sweep of the Jackalopes with a 5-1 win. Joseph Harguindeguy had the only tally of the first. Odessa pulled even early in the second before Wichita Falls reeled off four unanswered goals. Cade Lemmer and Dawson Klein scored in the second with Ryan Robinson and Marcus Frantz potting third period goals. Owen Bartoszkiewicz picked up the win facing 32 shots.


Current NAHL South Standings





Lone Star Brahmas


20 8 1 0


Shreveport Mudbugs


17 5 2 1


Amarillo Bulls


13 6 2 1


Wichita Falls Warriors


11 8 1 3


Odessa Jackalopes


7 15 2 1


New Mexico Ice Wolves


6 16 1 1



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