Saturday Scores: Mudbugs sweep in OT thriller
Amarillo 2 @ Shreveport 3 (OT) – The Mudbugs picked up a weekend sweep of the visiting Bulls thanks to a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday night. The Mudbugs scored both goals in regulation in the 1st period as Shawn O’Malley and Frankie Melton scored. The Bulls goals in regulation came from Brendan Walkom in the 1st period and Phil Fromberger late in the 3rd period. In the overtime, defenseman Croix Evingson converted a nice 2 on 1 pass from Jordan Fader for the game-winner. John Roberts made 34 saves in the win, while Nikita Babintsev made 23 saves in the loss.
Mudbugs start fast, beat Amarillo
Shreveport goaltender John Roberts celebrated his 18th birthday in style, stopping 37 shots, and forward Steven Mather popped in two goals in less than 15 seconds early in the first period to key the Mudbugs to a 4-2 victory over the Amarillo Bulls Friday night at George’s Pond at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.
“It’s definitely something to help me remember my 18th birthday by,” said Roberts, who gave up only a pair of second-period goals en route to improving his record to 6-4-0-1. “We had a good workout before the game, and I guess that helped us to get that good start, but the guys kept the lanes clear in front of me all game.”
The Mudbugs (14-7-0-1) went up 2-0 before most of the raucous crowd had gotten settled into their seats. Mather shoved the puck past Bulls goalie Nikita Babintsev on an assist from Tomas Zeile just 2:37 into the game, setting off a celebration that was still going 12 seconds later when he lit the lamp again. Brendan Van Sweden and Croix Evingson assisted on Mather’s second goal.