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Mudbugs Drop First-Ever Meeting with Gems

January 20, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs News Release

BOSSIER CITY, LA - The Dayton Gems rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to knock off the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs 5-3 in the first-ever meeting between the teams Saturday night at the CenturyTel Center. The ‘Bugs (21-16-1) have now lost five straight games heading into tomorrow night's road matchup against the rival Texas Brahmas.

Shawn Limpright scored twice and was a +3 in the game, while Jeff Martens added the other Mudbugs goal before Dayton scored four straight to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Bossier-Shreveport outshot the Gems 27-25 but missed on all four powerplays on their way to losing their first matchup with one of the former-IHL teams new to the CHL this season.

The ‘Bugs jumped out to the early lead when Steven Crampton picked up a loose puck in the Dayton zone and fed it in front to Shawn Limpright, who tucked in his second goal in as many games to put the Mudbugs on top. Jeff Martens made it 2-0 three minutes later, stealing a puck in the Dayton zone and deking goaltender Jeff Jakaitis for a shorthanded, unassisted goal at 6:35. The Gems got on the board at 8:41 when Matt Miller deflected a point shot past John DeCaro the the ‘Bugs led 2-1 heading into the second period.

Dayton controlled much of the second frame, outshooting the Mudbugs 11-5 and scoring twice to take the lead. First Mike Vaskivuo caught Bossier-Shreveport in a line change, springing Jonathan Ornelas for a breakaway goal to tie the game. Eric Boisvert then knocked in a loose puck after a scrum at the side of DeCaro's crease at 5:46 to give the Gems a 3-2 lead after two.

Tom Boudreau scored at 2:30 of the third to put Dayton up by a pair, but the ‘Bugs countered just 42 seconds later. Travis Clayton's faceoff win set up a Jamie Milam shot that was stopped, but Limpright was there to bury the rebound and get the home team back within one at 4-3. With Bossier-Shreveport pushing to tie the game, Greg Labenski regained the two-goal edge on a long shot from the point that found its way into the net at 14:24 to provide the final 5-3 margin.

John DeCaro (10-7-1) finished the night with 20 saves in his third straight loss, while Jeff Jakaitis (15-12-3) made 24 stops for the Gems. Neither team scored on the powerplay with Bossier-Shreveport going 0 for 4 and Dayton 0 for 3.

The Mudbugs will now travel to North Richland Hills, Texas as they attempt to snap their losing skid against the rival Texas Brahmas tomorrow night at 7:30 at the NyTex Sports Centre. Pregame coverage will begin at 7:15 on AM 1130 KWKH and the game will also be shown live online on CHL-TV .

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