The Bugs started one of their biggest goal scoring barrages ever at just 1:59 of the 1st per. when Carson Nichols redirected home his third goal in his last two games. Ryan Waltman made the play happen and earned the only assist making it a 1-0 contest. At 3:15, Sam Miller roofed in his team-leading eighth goal of the year from the LW circle making it a quick 2-0 game in favor of Shreveport. Tim Khokhlachev earned the only assist. At 4:52, the fire kept coming from the Bugs as Ryan Waltman redirected home his fourth tally of the year giving the Bugs a 3-0 advantage. Ryan Dickinson and Warren Natyshak set up the play to earn the helpers. The fast start wouldn’t stop there as Dawson Sciarrino charged the net and rammed in his fifth goal of the campaign extending the lead to 4-0. Conor Witherspoon and Dilan Peters grabbed the assists at 14:36. Then less than a minute later, Jacob Smith got in the slot and powered home his fifth goal of the year giving a Shreveport a five-spot in the opening period. Khokhlachev earned the only helper. The Bugs led 5-0 as New Mexico got a PP goal late at 19:50 making it a 5-1 contest after one period of play.
Bugs Blowout Ice Wolves
The Shreveport Mudbugs (17-8) scored five times in the first period to cruise to a 8-2 victory over the New Mexico Ice Wolves Saturday night at George’s Pond in Hirsch Coliseum.
Bugs out-shot the Wolves, 20-8 after one period of play.
The Bugs got goals from Gio Procopio and Jack Smiley at 10:37 and 13:04 respectively in the 2nd period to bust the game open at 7-1 Shreveport. The Bugs led in SOG, 40-13 after two periods.
After New Mexico scored a second goal early in the 3rd period, it was Matt Weber who went glove side on a breakaway all alone to score his fourth goal of the year shorthanded at 10:45 making it a 8-2 contest.
Richie Parent earned his eighth straight victory in net as Shreveport improved to 6-0 at George’s Pond In Hirsch Coliseum.
The Mudbugs will battle their arch-rival in the Lone Star Brahmas next Friday and Saturdaynight at George’s Pond in Hirsch Coliseum. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:11 p.m. for both contests.