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    BOSSIER CITY, LA - Jordan Cameron s hat-trick goal with only four seconds remaining in regulation broke a 3-3 tie and propelled the Texas Brahmas to a sweep of
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      BOSSIER CITY, LA - Jordan Cameron's hat-trick goal with only four
      seconds remaining in regulation broke a 3-3 tie and propelled the Texas
      Brahmas to a sweep of the first two games in the Northern Conference
      Semifinals on Monday night at CenturyTel Center. The 4-3 defeat in Game
      2 puts the Mudbugs down 0-2 in the best of seven series, which resumes
      with Game 3 on Friday night at 7:05 from the NyTex Sports Centre.
      After John DeCaro kept them in the game in the first period, the Mudbugs
      twice erased third period deficits with powerplay goals to tie it up at
      three. The contest appeared to be headed for overtime when Cameron's
      sharp-angle shot somehow found its way under the crossbar and over
      DeCaro's shoulder for the game-winner. Brett Smith had two goals and
      Bugs were 3 for 5 on the powerplay in the loss.
      DeCaro was the story of the first period, making a number of spectacular
      saves while facing 19 Brahmas shots. Only one of them found its way past
      the two-time CHL Most Outstanding Goaltender, who stopped breakaways,
      rebounds, and screened shots in the first 20 minutes. DeCaro probably
      never saw the puck that did get past him, as Cameron's wrister from the
      high slot found its way into the net to give Texas a 1-0 lead after one
      period.
      Cameron did it again in the second period, this time right off a faceoff
      in the Bossier-Shreveport zone. Grant Jacobsen carried the puck behind
      the net off the draw before sending it out front so a wide-open Cameron
      could tap it in to put Texas up two. The Bugs rallied with a powerplay
      goal just a few minutes later though, cutting the Brahmas lead to 2-1.
      Justin Aikins let a wrist shot fly from the top of the circle and Smith
      was in front to deflect it over David Cacciola and in at 12:05 to get
      back within a goal. Just seconds later, Chris Brassard was given a
      five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for elbowing and was
      lost for the remainder of the contest. The second period ended with that
      and two more Texas powerplays, but the Mudbugs killed off all of those
      penalties to finish the second frame down 2-1.
      Bossier-Shreveport then tied it up early in the third period with its
      second powerplay goal. Joe Ori skated into the zone and hit Tyrel Lucas
      in the slot with Daniel Pegoraro crashing the net. Lucas buried the
      one-timer for his second goal in as many games to make it 2-2 just over
      two minutes into the third. Texas got the lead back when Chris Thompson
      put a back-door rebound behind DeCaro for a powerplay goal that gave the
      Brahmas a 3-2 edge. Once again, the Mudbugs rallied with another
      powerplay goal to draw even. Cacciola got a piece of an Aikins slapshot
      from the point, but the puck got behind him and Smith was there to
      finish it off for his second of the night and a 3-3 deadlock with 12
      minutes remaining the contest. Both teams ramped up the intensity and
      focus as the third period wore on, and it seemed as though the game was
      destined for overtime until Cameron's final shot. With Texas controlling
      in the Bugs' zone and time about to expire, Cameron somehow snuck a shot
      in to complete the hat trick and bring a wild close to the Brahmas 4-3
      victory.
      For the second night in a row, the Mudbugs held a significant shot
      advantage in the third period. Bossier-Shreveport had 15 shots to Texas
      ' eight in the last 20 minutes and outshot the Brahmas 43-41 overall in
      the game. The Bugs were great on special teams, going 3 for 5 on the
      powerplay and limiting Texas to one goal on eight chances.
      Now the series will shift three hours West to the NyTex Sports Centre in
      North Richland Hills, Texas for Games 3 and 4. During the regular season
      the Mudbugs earned points in four of the five games they played at
      NyTex, going 2-1-2 at the Brahmas' home building. Bossier-Shreveport
      will now try to rally from a 0-2 deficit to win a series for the first
      time in franchise history. Game 3 is set for 7:05 pm on Friday night at
      the NyTex Sports Centre.
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