Franck Holds Of Mudbugs In Rio, Bees Win 5-3
HIDALGO, TX - Andy Franck made 47 saves and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees scored three powerplay goals on their way to a 5-3 win over the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Wednesday night at the Dodge Arena. The Mudbugs outshot the Killer Bees 50-26 in the contest, but saw their three-game win streak snapped against the Bees.
Bossier-Shreveport had seven powerplay chances in the contest, but capitalized on just one, while Rio Grande Valley converted three of six man-advantage chances. The Bees have now won four straight games against the Mudbugs dating back to last season. Shawn Limpright, Joe Blaznek and Joe Zappala scored for the 'Bugs.
The first period started out nicely for Bossier-Shreveport with a powerplay goal less than two minutes into the contest. Brett Smith tipped in a long shot by Chris St. Croix at 1:53 to put the Mudbugs on top 1-0. The period quickly turned ugly though as Rio Grande Valley scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead into the break. Daymen Rycroft knocked a powerplay rebound past John DeCaro to start the scoring for the Bees and tie the game at one. Later in the first, Grant Goeckner-Zoeller deflected a long shot into the net for another powerplay goal, and Sean Muncy capped off the first with another tally just over a minute later that made it 3-1 after one.
The Mudbugs dominated the play throughout the second period, finishing with a season-high 26 shots compared to just six for the Killer Bees. Joe Blaznek got the 'Bugs back within one when he picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired it past Andy Franck to make it 3-2 mid-way through the period. Late in the period though, the Mudbugs were assessed an extra minor penalty after two fights broke out at the 18:02 mark, putting Rio Grande Valley on another powerplay. With just 36 seconds left in the period, Joel Irving redirected a shot past DeCaro to put the Bees on top 4-2 heading into the third.
Zak McClellan added to the lead with an unassisted goal that spelled the end of DeCaro's night 5:50 into the third. Joe Zappala narrowed the gap again with an unassisted, shorthanded goal at 8:04 that made it 5-3, but that was as close as Bossier-Shreveport would get.
John DeCaro takes the loss in net after stopping 21 of 26 shots. Ken Carroll played the final 13:14 of the contest, but did not face a shot. Franck improves to 5-3-2 this year after the 47-save, first-star effort.
The Mudbugs will now spend Thanksgiving Day on the road before finishing up a three-game road swing Friday night in Laredo. The last time they faced the Bucks, the 'Bugs suffered their worst loss of the season, losing 6-1 on CHL opening night. Opening faceoff time is set for 7:30 pm; with pregame coverage set to begin at 7:10 on News Radio 710 AM KEEL. The game can also be seen live online on CHL TV.
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