After a month away, Mudbugs return to home ice
By: Tyler Moody
The Shreveport Mudbugs will return to George’s Pond this weekend after a month long road trip.
Shreveport finished the road stint with an even 3-3 record.
While on the road, the Bugs were passed by the Lone Star Brahmas for the NAHL South division lead. They are currently 1 point behind the Brahmas.
Their most recent stop, in Odessa, saw the Bugs split a pair against the Jackolopes.
The offense for the Mudbugs was on full display Friday night as they netted five goals to beat the Jackolopes 5-3.
In his return to the team, Kieran Durgan’s two goals helped to fuel the onslaught from the Mudbug’ offense. Durgan spoke during the Mudbugs’ media luncheon about his return to the ice with his teammates.
Cam Cook and Cole Quisenberry, who are tied for the team lead in goals, each contributed a goal in the victory.
Shreveport has been great in net the entire season and James Durham was once again solid between the posts for the Bugs. He stopped 28 shots in the contest.
Durham’s 1.91 Goals Against Average currently ranks sixth in the entire NAHL.
While Shreveport left Ector Country Coliseum with a win Friday night, Saturday wasn’t as kind to the Mudbugs as Shreveport fell 2-1 in overtime.
James Durham gave way to fellow goalie Gustavs Grigals for Saturday night’s showdown and Grigals did not disappoint.
Grigals stopped 43 of the 45 shots that were hurled his way throughout the game. A nearly unprecedented amount of shots saved in a game. Especially one in which he only allowed one goal during regulation.
The Mudbugs offense that found the back of the net five times the night before, struggled to establish their offensive attack on Saturday.
Jordan Fader was the only Mudbug to light the lamp, doing so midway through the second period.
After a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation, Shreveport would eventually fall to Odessa after a Peyton Frantti goal ended the game in extra time.
Coach Jason “Soupy” Campbell, who was heading the squad while head coach Karlis Zirnis was away, spoke about the different mindset and adjustments that must be made for a coach in overtime in the NAHL.
Head coach Carlos Zirnis will be back from his stint away from the team as Shreveport prepares to take the ice in Hirsch Coliseum for the first time in over a month.
On the docket for the Bugs this weekend, the same Odessa Jackolopes who they have now seen twice within the last month.
The Mudbugs will honor all medical and healthcare professionals this weekend with their Slap shots and Stethoscopes campaign. Tickets will be discounted for those with a medical badge.