The Shreveport Mudbugs (11-2-2) rallied from multiple two-goal deficits to rally to a 4-3 come from behind victory over the Odessa Jackalopes to take two out of three games at Ector County Coliseum to open up the year of 2021.
Odessa scored just 15 seconds into the game on their shot when Joey Musa lifted in his third goal of the season from the LW circle to give the Jacks a 1-0 lead. All three of Musa’s goals have come against Shreveport. Odessa would extend their lead very quickly at 2:31 when Dane Hoyard knocked in his second goal of the season making it a 2-0 contest. The Bugs would respond 13 seconds later at 2:44 when Mason McCormick threaded a pass from the point up ahead to Connor Gatto who backhanded in his third goal of the season to make it a 2-1 Jacks’ advantage. McCormick earned the only helper on the Bugs; first tally. Shreveport dictated the pace of the opening period after the first two goals given up and out-shot Odessa 21-9 after one period of play.
The Jacks grabbed the first goal of the second period at 5:55 when Nick Siffringer deflected home his first tally of the season making a 3-1 Odessa lead. Shreveport clawed back again at 7:33 when Dawson Sciarrino used his blazing speed to race all alone in front and fire home his fifth goal of the season glove side to make it a 3-2 contest. Chris Hedden earned the only helper on Sciarrino’s goal on the PP. Then the Mudbugs tied shorthanded when a lucky bounce came onto the stick of Matt Weber who was on a breakaway and went five-hole for his team-leading sixth goal of the season to tie the game, 3-3. Weber’s tally was unassisted at 16:33. Shreveport led in SOG, 33-16 after two.
The game stayed tied 3-3 until the 8:12 mark of the third period when Logan Gotinski scored his first goal of the season racing in front from the near corner and went five-hole again to lift Shreveport to a 4-3 lead. It was the first lead of the night for Shreveport and it held up as the Bugs held off any surge from Odessa out-shooting the Jacks, 46-22 at the end.
Cullen DeYoung earns his third win in the cage with just 19 saves on the evening.
The Bugs will return home next weekend to welcome in the Wichita Falls Warriors for a two-game series beginning next Friday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:11 p.m. from George’s Pond in Hirsch Coliseum.