Bugs Beat: Rallies punctuate Shreveport sweeps of Amarillo

PAYBACK: Shreveport Mudbugs forward Hayden Nichol takes a face off on home ice earlier this season. The Mudbugs swept a road series at Amarillo over the weekend and will return to George’s Pond on Friday. (Photo by CHRISTI LANG, Journal Sports)

By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports

A pair of third-period goals by Logan Gotinsky on Friday, including a short-handed tally to tie the game, completely changed the complexion of the Shreveport Mudbugs’ trip to Amarillo, Texas.

The Mudbugs eventually won Friday in a shootout and capped things off with a 3-1 triumph Saturday to sweep the previously undefeated Amarillo Wranglers.

“(Assistant) coach Hilly (Michael Hill) called the short-handed goal,” Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell. “He said, ‘Let’s go get a shorty.’ Sure enough, it happened.”

On Saturday, 54 seconds after Amarillo opened the scoring early in the first period, Logan Valkama tied the game with a power-play goal. Drake Morse put the Mudbugs ahead 3:43 into the final period before Jaden Goldie added insurance late.

The Mudbugs evened the score against an Amarillo team that disrupted Shreveport’s first homestand of the season. Not only did the Wranglers leave The George with a sweep, they did so with an air of confidence.

“It’s crazy how a win can make you feel,” Campbell said. “We had a good week of practice. We weren’t perfect (this weekend), but they deserved it. It was good to pay them back a little bit. We’re even with them for now.”

The sweep helped Shreveport (5-5-2) move into fourth place in the North American Hockey League’s South Division. The Mudbugs return home for the final home series before December. Shreveport and New Mexico (6-1-1) begin a two-game set on Friday. 

Last week’s 3 Stars

  1. Logan Gotinsky, a pair of third-period goals (the last, short-handed) Friday tied the game and completely changed the tone of the weekend.
  1. Simon Bucheler, played every minute between the pipes and stopped 54 of 58 shots to earn both victories.
  1. Jaden Goldie, with such a good weekend, there are 15 guys who could fit this bill, but Goldie has been one of the most consistent players for Shreveport this season. 

NAHL South Division standings

Lone Star (10-1-0), 20 points

New Mexico (6-1-1), 13

Amarillo (6-1-1), 13

Shreveport (5-5-2), 12

Oklahoma (5-2-0), 10

El Paso (5-5-0), 10

Odessa (4-5-1), 9

Corpus Christi (2-9-1), 5

*top four make the playoffs

Team leaders

Goals: Logan Gotinsky, 5

Assists: Jaden Goldie, Logan Heroux, Drake Morse, 5

Points: Gotinsky, 8

Penalty Minutes: Garrett Steele, 23

Game-winning goals: Miller, Gotinsky, Morse, Sutton Murray 1

Goals-against average: Simon Bucheler, 1.61

Save percentage: Bucheler, .936

Up next

The Mudbugs return home for their last homestand until December as they face New Mexico on Friday and Saturday (7:11 p.m.).

Contact Roy at roylangiii@yahoo.com