SHREVEPORT, LA — The Amarillo Bulls are in sole possession of first place in the North American Hockey League’s South Division that despite a 5-4 shootout loss to the Shreveport Mudbugs on Saturday night at George’s Pond – Hirsch Coliseum.
The Bulls had two one-goal leads and one two-goal lead, but failed to hang on to them as the hometown Mudbugs demonstrated resiliency and fought back throughout. Gabriel Seger scored twice for the Bulls, his first two in the league, while Logan Jenuwine, and Trey Bagwell notched the others. Jake Willet added two helpers, while Ryan Winter suffered his first loss of the season.
Jack Johnson scored twice for Shreveport, while Warren Natyshak, Grant Bondy and Billy Feczko had the others. Feczko scored the winner on the final round of regulation shooters. Goaltender Leo Chuard was outstanding in goal making some big saves especially in overtime to prevent the Bulls from winning the game.
It was a strong first period for the Amarillo Bulls as they netted the game’s first goal when Gabriel Seger found the back of the net on the power play from Jake Willets. The Bulls outshot Shreveport 17-11 in the stanza and had the better of the scoring chances.
The second period was dominated by special teams as there were a total of five goals scored with four of them coming on the power play and another was shorthanded. Logan Jenuwine made it 2-0 Amarillo on a great move to the front of the net with help from Cooper Fensterstock and Jake Willets. The Mudbugs quickly erased the lead with two goals, including one shorthanded. Warren Natyshak and Jack Johnson were the marksmen. Thirty-one seconds later, the Bulls had the lead back as Gabriel Seger picked up his second of the game on a rebound in front of the net from David Ojamae and Logan Jenuwine. The Bulls thought they were going to exit the period with a one goal advantage, but the Mudbugs were able to tie the game in the final minute. Grant Bondy scored on an end-to-end rush.
It was a well played third period by both teams and the Bulls established another one goal advantage on a marker off the stick of Trey Bagwell, his first of the season, with great shot that beat the goaltender on the short side. Twenty-seven seconds after that goal, Shreveport tied the game with Jack Johnson’s second of the night.
The Bulls had a full two-minute power play in overtime with several big chances but failed to get the puck past Leo Chuard. The best opportunity of the extra session came from Logan Jenuwine who wired a shot of the mask of the Swiss goaltender.
Bagwell scored fo the Bulls in the shootout while Connor Witherspoon and then Billy Feczko with the winner to give Shreveport the victory.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Shreveport Mudbugs 53-38 including 7-1 in overtime.
Hockey is back at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center next Friday and Saturday when the Bulls and the Mudbugs face each other twice more at 7 pm. Friday is Girl Power Night as well as the return of the Family-4-Pack and Bring-A-Bud Pack. Saturday is Snack Pack 4 Kids Night with the Bulls wearing special jerseys in support of the great organization. A live auction follows immediately after the game. It’s also the arrival of Panhandle PBS’s Daniel Tiger. There is a VIP Party for children and families to meet Daniel Tiger for just $25 that includes a free public skate, meet and greet and ticket to the game.
Tickets for both games are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, or by calling 242-1122. Fans can also get tickets at the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets or online at www.panhandletickets.com and www.amarillobulls.com/tickets.