Carroll, Lucas Lead 'Bugs Past Thunder
BOSSIER CITY, LA - Tyrel Lucas scored the game's only goal and Ken Carroll stopped 27 shots to earn the shutout as the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs beat the Wichita Thunder 1-0 on Friday night at the CenturyTel Center. The game was Bossier-Shreveport's second 1-0 win over the Thunder this season and gave them a five-game sweep of the season series with Wichita.
The shutout was Carroll's second of the season and 28th of his CHL career, extending his own league record in his first start since February 10. Lucas' 19th goal of the year early in the second period was all Carroll needed as the Mudbugs improved to 36-16-4 this year.
The Mudbugs controlled much of the first period territorially, but Wichita held tough in its own zone to prevent high-quality scoring chances. The 'Bugs finished with just six shots on goal despite three powerplays in the first and were actually outshot 7-6 in the period.
Just after a Wichita powerplay had expired early in the second, the Mudbugs scored the game's only goal on a nice cycling play by the line of Travis Clayton, Joe Ori and Tyrel Lucas. Clayton won a race to the puck and got it around the net where Ori tracked it down. Ori slid a pass out front to Lucas, who fired a quick wrister top shelf on Krister Toews to make it 1-0 Bossier-Shreveport. The game's only fight happened in the second as well when Chris Brassard dropped the gloves with Wichita's Scott Rozendal. The Mudbugs had a few quality scoring chances later in the period, but couldn't add to the lead.
The 'Bugs had most of the puck possession again in the third period, but Wichita held them off the scoreboard to have a chance to tie it late. With the goaltender pulled, Carroll made two big saves late in the period to keep the Thunder off the board for good and finish off the 1-0 shutout win.
Carroll is now 18-5-2 this year after the 27-save shutout effort, while Krister Toews stopped 25 shots in the tough loss. Both teams were 0 for 5 on the powerplay. Wichita outshot Bossier-Shreveport 27-26 on the night.
Tomorrow night the Mudbugs will be right back on home ice against the division rival Mississippi RiverKings at 7:05. Mississippi got a 4-1 win at the CTC on Tuesday night, so the 'Bugs will be looking to bounce back from that loss and gain two big divisional points on Saturday night. Individual tickets are available through Ticketmaster at 318-741-9700 and group seats are on sale through the Mudbugs office at 318-752-BUGS.
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