The Shreveport Mudbugs (17-14-6) poured it on early and often as they rout the Amarillo Bulls, 6-0 Friday night at the Amarillo Civic Center.
Shreveport got off to their best start of the season in this game. It all started with Anton Rubstov smacking in his fifth goal of the year from the far side in front at 4:24 giving the Bugs the early 1-0 lead. Conor Witherspoon and Jacob Skolnik earn the assists on the goal. The Bugs used that early goal momentum and produced another as Timmy Clifton was able to backhand in his 2nd tally of the year from the right corner to propel the Bugs’ advantage to 2-0. Skolnik and Jay Feiwell got the helpers on Clifton’s goal at 11:02. Then the Bugs who were swarming the Bulls’ net all first period got a big boost from Ethan Harrison who tipped home his 13th goal in front at 19:36 to give Shreveport a commanding 3-0 edge. C.J. McGee grabbed the assist on Harrison’s goal. SOG were tied 16-16 after one period of play.
The Bugs added to their lead in the 2nd period when Warren Natyshak got lucky and threw it towards the net and it bounced off a Bulls blueliner and into the net at 6:29. Grant Bondy made the play happen and got the only assist giving the Bugs a 4-0 lead. Shreveport wouldn’t stop there as Harrison used his speed to race down the right side and roof in his 2nd goal of the night making it a 5-0 lead for the Robertson Cup Champs. Ryan Dickinson earned the only assist on Harrison’s 2nd goal of the game at 17:46. Amarillo surprisingly led in SOG, 30-26 after two periods of play.
The Mudbugs put the icing on the cake at 6:18 of the 3rd period when Skolnik put a sizzler from the high slot scoring his 2nd goal of the year. Sicevs and Harrison earned the assists making it a 6-0 contest.
Leo Chuard closed out the game making 43 saves to earn his 2nd shutout of the season.
The victory for Shreveport snaps a four-game losing streak to Amarillo this season.
The Bugs and Bulls will conclude their two game-set at the Amarillo Civic Center tomorrow night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.