Shreveport Mudbugs Face Lone Star Brahmas in Pivotal Game 4

Shreveport Mudbugs trail Lone Star Brahmas 2-1 in NAHL South Division Finals after 4-1 loss in Game 3. Mudbugs face crucial Game 4 on Saturday to even series and keep semifinal hopes alive.

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Shreveport Mudbugs Face Lone Star Brahmas in Pivotal Game 4

Shreveport Mudbugs Face Lone Star Brahmas in Pivotal Game 4

The Shreveport Mudbugs find themselves trailing theLone Star Brahmas2-1 in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) South Division Finals after suffering a 4-1 defeat in Game 3 at George's Pond in Hirsch Coliseum on Friday night. The Mudbugs now face a crucial Game 4 on Saturday as they aim to even the series and keep their hopes alive for a spot in thesemifinalsin Minnesota.

The Brahmas took control early in Game 3, with Ivan Zadvernyuk opening the scoring at 11:16 of the first period, followed by a short-handed goal from David Skuhrovec just over three minutes later. The Mudbugs managed to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second period thanks to a goal from Ryan Burke, assisted by Wil Murphy, but that would be as close as they would get.

Despite outshooting the Brahmas 19-18 through two periods, the Mudbugs struggled to generate quality scoring chances in the third. Skuhrovec sealed the win for Lone Star with his second goal of the night, an empty-netter with 1:35 remaining, before Owen Kerr added a power-play goal in the final minute to make it 4-1.

The Mudbugs will need a much stronger effort in Game 4 to avoid falling into a 3-1 series hole. The puck drops at 7:11 p.m. on Saturday night at George's Pond in what will be the last home game of the 2023-2024 season for Shreveport. Fans can purchase tickets by calling (318) 636-7094 or emailing ticket sales director Kimberly Jacks at kjacks@mudbugshockey.com.

The winner of this series will advance to the Robertson Cup, where they will face off against the other division champions. The collection has seen over 300 NCAA commitments for the eighth consecutive season, with many of those committed players participating in the ongoing playoffs. For the Mudbugs, extending their season and earning a chance to compete for the championship in Minnesota is the ultimate goal.

With their backs against the wall, the Shreveport Mudbugs will need to dig deep and deliver a championship-caliber performance in Game 4 to keep their season alive. The Lone Star Brahmas, meanwhile, will look to ride the momentum from their Game 3 victory and punch their ticket to the semifinals on Saturday night in Shreveport.