‘Musky,’ no not that one, makes history for Mudbugs on Saturday

SECOND GEN: Shreveport Mudbugs forward Kason Muscutt (22) collected his first North American Hockey League goal Saturday on George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum. (Photo by CHRISTI LANG, Journal Sports)

By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports

The final horn hadn’t sounded 30 minutes earlier, and Kason Muscutt was still in full uniform, but Karen Muscutt already had the game puck in her hands.

Saturday had the makings of a dream evening on George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum. Although New Mexico’s rally past the Shreveport Mudbugs ruined the Hollywood script, the folks in attendance still witnessed history.

A quarter of a century after Scott Muscutt, the first player signed in franchise history, first scored in this historic venue, his son, Kason, lit the lamp for the first time as a Mudbug.

“It felt really good,” Kason Muscutt told The Journal. “We had a really good shift with Litchy (Brent Litchard) and Burkey (Ryan Burke). We were finishing hits and moving the puck around the zone. I got a lucky bounce off a shin pad, it came to me and I finished it.”

After the top-shelf tally, Burke emerged from the celebration to grab the puck from the net.

Scott Muscutt’s first goal in the building now dubbed “The George” came on Oct. 16, 1997 – the winning goal in the first game in Shreveport Mudbugs history. Nearly 25 years to the day later, Kason became the first second-generation Mudbug to score and the first Shreveport native to score for the franchise.

Kason’s tally was no fluke. Although he’s part of the “fourth line” with Burke and Litchard, the trio was one of Shreveport’s best lines, if not the best line, throughout the weekend. Muscutt collected his first NAHL point on Burke’s goal that tied the game early in the third period of Friday’s victory.

The Muscutt-Burke-Litchard line took shape in the Amarillo series a couple of weeks ago and they’ve been in the lineup ever since.

“The Xs and Os, not that you overlook them, but they are easier for the team to swallow if you know somebody is out there giving everything they’ve got,” Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell said. “Nobody makes mistakes on purpose, but that line is the epitome of consistency right now. Even when they’re not on the scoresheet, they are doing some little things right.”

Muscutt, who wears No. 22, collect that goal on the 22nd and posted two points – he assisted on Niklas Miller’s goal in the final seconds of the 4-3 loss.

“It’s nice to see (Kason) get rewarded,” said Campbell, who joined Muscutt and the Mudbugs as a player in 1999. “I still can’t believe another Muscutt has scored in this building.”

Although mom was giddy, and got the historic piece of once-frozen rubber, Kason Muscutt admits his father – now Shreveport’s general manager — may have been happier.

“I’ve already have a couple of people come up to me in the postgame skate and tell me how happy my dad was walking around the building after the goal,” Kason said. “That’s really cool to hear.”

And let it be known: Kason Muscutt doesn’t just approve of the nickname “Musky” — the same moniker his father hears more than his real name – it’s what he prefers.

“It’s what I’ve been called my entire life,” Kason said. “’Little Musky’ works, and ‘Kase’ works, too.”

Last week’s 3 Stars

  1. Kason Muscutt, a three-point weekend – including the first goal of his NAHL career — for the second-generation Mudbug.
  2. Jaden Goldie, another solid weekend. Captured the game-winner on Friday.
  3. Ryan Burke, scored the tying goal Friday and assists in Little Musky’s tally Saturday.

NAHL South Division standings

Lone Star (12-1-0), 24 points

Amarillo (7-2-1), 15

New Mexico (7-2-1), 15

Oklahoma (7-2-0), 14

Shreveport (6-6-2), 14

Odessa (5-6-1), 11

El Paso (5-7-0), 10

Corpus Christi (2-11-1), 5

*top four make the playoffs

Team leaders

Goals: Logan Gotinsky, 5

Assists: Jaden Goldie, Logan Heroux, 6

Points: Gotinsky, Goldie 8

Penalty Minutes: Garrett Steele, 25

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

Goals-against average: Simon Bucheler, 1.93

Save percentage: Bucheler, .928 

Up next

The Mudbugs hit the road for the first of four consecutive road series. Up first, a trip to Oklahoma for game on Friday and Saturday (7:15 p.m.).

Contact Roy at roylangiii@yahoo.com