The Shreveport Mudbugs (20-4-2-2) netted two goals and received superb goaltending once again from James Durham to help shutout the Corpus Christi Ice Rays, 2-0 Wednesday night at Georges Pond in Hirsch Coliseum.
The Bugs and Rays both put quality scoring chances in the opening period, but no goals were scored from either squad. Shreveport led in SOG, 9-8 after 1.
The Mudbugs broke a 0-0 tie in the 2nd period when Brendan VanSweden who fed Roberts Baranovskis from the far circle who buried a one-timer for his fourth goal of the year at 10:11 of the period. It was the only goal of the period as Shreveport led 1-0 after two periods of play.
The Bugs rode the momentum into the third period when Nikolai Jenson threw a puck in front and it deflected its way into the back of the cage for his first goal of the year lifting Shreveport to a 2-0 lead. Andrew Lane picked up the only assist on the goal at 13:27.
James Durham continues his masterful play in the cage picking up his 2nd consecutive shutout and NAHL-leading fifth of the season.
The Bugs are now a staggeringly sensational 10-0-2-1 in their last thirteen contests. The Mudbugs own the best record in all of the NAHL.
The Mudbugs will return to action this Friday night for another big South Divisional showdown in Lone Star as they’ll be taking on the Brahmas at the Nytex Sports Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30pm.