SHREVEPORT, La (KTAL/KMSS) – The Shreveport Mudbugs (18-10-4) scored five times in the second period to help blowout the El Paso Rhinos, 6-1, and earn another sweep and sixth straight victory overall at George’s Pond in Hirsch Coliseum Saturday night.
After a scoreless opening frame, the Bugs broke the ice on a perfect 3 on 1 odd-man rush as Logan Heroux took a perfect feed in the slot and buried home his third goal of the year to give SHV a 1-0 lead at 2:24 of the second period. Drake Morse and Jaden Goldie earned the helpers on the game’s first tally. Heroux did it again at 3:51 as he fired home a shot from the right point which snuck into the net through traffic to extend the SHV lead to 2-0. Heroux’s second goal of the night was assisted by Garrett Steele and Aiden Dixon.
After ELP got on the board, the Bugs answered very quickly as Logan Gotinksy grabbed a pass through the slot and wired home his ninth goal of the campaign at 15:40 to make it a 3-1 contest. Steele earned his second assist for the night. Hayden Nichol then joined in on the fun scrapping in his fifth goal of the season in front to extend the lead 4-1 late in the period. It wouldn’t stop there as Eric Vitale redirected home his seventh goal of the year in front to extend his point-scoring streak to 11 games. SHV led 5-1 at that point netting their latest PP tally and fifth goal of the period.
Kason Muscutt joined in on the party at 8:19 of the third period as he snapped home his fifth tally of the season from the far circle to extend their lead to 6-1.
Nikola Goich had to make just 14 stops to earn his first win in his first start in net for the Bugs.
SHV has now won a season-high six straight contests.
The Bugs will continue their season-long home stand next Friday night as they’ll begin a two-game series against the Oklahoma Warriors. It’ll be our annual Military Appreciation weekend. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:11 p.m. from George’s Pond in Hirsch Coliseum.