Road Woes Continue for Lubbock... Lose 5-2 at Bossier-Shreveport
Bossier City, LA - Cam Abbott notched a pair of goals to lead the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs to their fifth consecutive win, as the Mudbugs defeated the Lubbock Cotton Kings 5-2 at the CenturyTel Center Saturday night in front of 5,569 fans. The loss puts the Kings under 500 for the first time this season with a 12-13-2 mark and extends their road winless streak to five games.
Bossier-Shreveport jumped out to an early lead with a pair of first period goals. The Mudbugs intercepted a neutral zone pass and turned it into a three-on-one rush with Abbott cashing in with a goal 8:33 into the period. Daniel Pegoraro extended the lead to 2-0 with a power play goal 2:15 later by slamming a rebound past Kings goaltender Kyle Stanton. Lubbock grabbed their first goal of the game with 4:32 remaining with a power play tally by Philippe Lacasse. The Kings rookie dangled the puck at the point, and as he attracted defenders, he penetrated down into the slots and roofed a shot over goaltender Adam Hanna to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Mudbugs were able to regain a two-goal lead 4:48 into the second period with their second power play conversion of the game. Karlis Zirnis was able to fire the puck from the side of the net into Stanton and the puck deflected off the inside of Stanton's and went into the back of the net for the power play goal. Lubbock answered back with their second power play goal of the game 2:59 later with Craig Minard scoring to cut the 'Bugs lead to 3-2.
Jason Williamson extended the Mudbugs lead back to a two-goal cushion with 9:53 remaining with a goal to push the lead to 4-2. Lubbock couldn't get a late rally going and Cam Abbott bookended the game's scoring with an empty net goal as the horn sounded.
Lubbock was out-shot 36-30 in the game and Stanton made 31 saves off 35 shots faced. The loss pushes his winless streak to six consecutive games (0-5-1). Adam Hanna earned the win in net stopping 28 of 30 shots in his CenturyTel Center debut. Both squads converted on two of their power play opportunities, with Lubbock 2 for 8 and Bossier-Shreveport 2 for 6.
Lubbock returns home Sunday (New Year's Eve) for a 5:05 PM faceoff with the Odessa Jackalopes at City Bank Coliseum.
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