The Shreveport Mudbugs (20-15-6) took the Topeka Pilots to the woodshed as they routed them, 8-2 in front of a sellout crowd Saturday night at Georges Pond in Hirsch Coliseum.
The Bugs got off to the same start they did last night as C.J. Regula continued his hot play going a length of the ice and faking out the goalie and slipping home his eighth goal of the year at 3:38 of the 1st period. David Breazeale and Timmy Clifton earned the assists on the game’s first goal to put the Bugs up 1-0. Shreveport extended their lead on a busted play in front as Jacob Skolnik was able to poke home his third tally of the season unassisted at 17:26 to give the Mudbugs a 2-0 edge. The Bugs out-shot the Pilots, 16-10 after the opening period.
Shreveport was able to control the second period and got some good fortune hear the end of the stanza. Captain Jay Feiwell skated in front and was able to muscle in his 11th goal of the year at 19:11 assisted by Clifton and Gueorgui Feduolov giving the Bugs a 3-0 lead. Then just ten seconds later, Andrew Jackson ripped home his seventh goal from the right wing to give Shreveport a 4-0 edge. It was Jackson’s first goal since Nov. 21st and it was assisted by Grant Bondy at 19:21. At this point, the defending champs led in SOG, 38-23 after two.
Topeka got on the board for the first time this weekend breaking over a 100 mins w/o a goal on the powerplay 32 seconds into the 3rd period making it a 4-1 contest. Shreveport came right back as Harrison took advantage of a mishap from Emil Gransoe coming out of his cage to play a puck and scored his team-leading 15th goal of the year unassisted at 2:02. It was a shorthanded tally for Harrison and it gave the Bugs a 5-1 lead. Topeka would come back and score a few minutes later, but that’d be the closest the Pilots would get. C.J. McGee and Harrison would score goals 43 seconds apart to bust the game wide open at 7-2. Then Clifton would put the icing on the cake throwing one at the net at 15:14 as it pinballed its way in for his sixth goal of the year making it a 8-2 rout for the Bugs.
Leo Chuard grabbed the win in net making 33 saves on the night.
The Mudbugs scored 8 goals which is the highest amount scored this season, most ever at home, and tied for a franchise-high.
The Mudbugs will continue their nine-game home-stand as they’ll take on their arch-rival in the Lone Star Brahmas for a special three-game set beginning Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:11 p.m.