Comeback: Brahmas come from behind to beat Mudbugs on Monday
January 17, 2017
Austin Kamer had two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to help the Brahmas win a thriller on Monday, 4-3 in overtime.
Shreveport 3 @ Lone Star 4 (OT) - Monday provided hockey fans with a rare NAHL matinee pitting the South Division leading Lone Star Brahmas and third place Shreveport Mudbugs. The two teams came into the day riding extended winning streaks with the Brahmas at seven and the Mudbugs at six.
The Mudbugs scored early on the power play as Steven Mather sent one over Alec Calvaruso that he never even saw due to heavy traffic in front. It took Shreveport only 46 seconds to pick up their second when Jordan Fader carried it down the middle of the ice behind the defense and put it five hole on Calvaruso earning him a trip to the bench in favor of Max Prawdzik. Another power play chance for Shreveport paid off as Mather quickly greeted Prawdzik rather rudely, sending the puck past his left skate at 13:57 after taking a centering pass from Frankie Melton with Evingson getting the secondary assist. The goal brought Calvaruso back into the contest.
Halfway through the 2nd period, Pete Kessel got the Brahmas comeback started, sending the puck from the far point to Austin Kamer at the near halfwall. With his outstanding vision of the ice, Kamer spotted Drake Glover in the high slot and he ripped it just under the crossbar at 11:36. At the 14:08 mark the Brahmas set up for an offensive zone draw to Dylan Lubbesmeyer’s left. The puck was moved to the near halfwall for a low blast by John Zimmerman off the pads of Lubbesmeyer. Glover bounced it back out to Kamer who sent a laser over the netminders left shoulder to make the score 3-2.
Early in the third another big rush by a Brahmas defenseman set up a scoring opportunity as Jakub Melisko brought the puck into the zone going making a stick handling move between the legs of Cameron Cook to put the puck deep. Glover pulled it off the endboard and sent it to Kamer in the near circle for a low boring shot off of Lubbesmeyer’s pads right to Kessel at the far dot to deposit into the open net for a 3-3 tie.
1:15 into the overtime period the Mudbugs Melton and Evingson got behind the defense on a rush, but Addamo made an outstanding diving block to knock the puck loose. Shreveport had another golden opportunity with about two minutes to go when Cook controlled the puck about 6 feet in front of Calvaruso with nobody within 20 feet of him. Cook made multiple stick moves trying to get Calvaruso out of position, but the coolheaded Calvaruso held steady and flashed out the right pad to stone the point blank save. Calvaruso made a big poke check to halt another scoring chance by Shreveport sending play the other way. Loof gave the puck to Glover who took it into the zone atop the far circle then fed it across to Kamer at the near halfwall then continued on to the far post. Lubbesmeyer could not ignore the presence of Glover on the backdoor leaving the slightest sliver of daylight on the near side for Kamer to drill the puck into for the game winner.
Calvaruso made 26 saves in the win, while Lubbesmeyer made a whopping 55 saves in the OT loss.