The Bugs will hit the road for the rest of the month of February beginning with a two-game series at the Nytex Sports Centre to battle their arch rival in the Lone Star Brahmas. Game 1 will be next Friday night with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Shreveport Mudbugs (18-14-5) got a pair of goals from Nik Miller and survived a late push to hold on for a 3-2 victory over the New Mexico Ice Wolves at George’s Pond in Hirsch Coliseum Saturday night.
New Mexico took advantage of the game’s first PP in the opening period at 12:50 when Dillan Bentley took a perfect pass from the LW circle as he roofed in his 20th goal of the year to make it a 1-0 contest. Shreveport clawed back late in the period at 19:46 when Burke Simpson stormed through the slot and backhanded home his fifth tally of the season to even the score, 1-1. Austin Brimmer and Davis Goukler set Simpson in front and earned the assists on the game-tying score.
Shreveport carried the momentum into the 2nd period at 2:26 when Timofei Khokhlachev found Nik Miller cutting through the slot as he tapped in his gift goal of the season to give the Bugs a lead at 2-1. It would be just 51 seconds for Miller to get another tally as he took a loose puck in the slot and rifled home his second goal of the night top shelf to spread the margin to 3-1 in favor of the home team. The Bugs led in SOG, 27-19.
New Mexico got closer at 4:42 of the third period when William Howard redirected home his 17th tally of the season to cut the Bugs lead to 3-2. That would be the closest NM would get as Shreveport survived a late push and a close out a 3-2 victory and improve to 6-0-1 in their last seven games.
Devon Bobak continues his hot stretch winning his 15th game in net making 22 saves on the night.