SHREVEPORT, LA — The Amarillo Bulls have had some signature playoff wins in their nine year franchise history and Wednesday’s game at George’s Pond Hirsch Coliseum could be right up there near the top and remembered for a long time.
David Ojamae scored 4:18 in overtime to cap off a 3-0 third period deficit and lift the Bulls past the Shreveport Mudbugs 4-3 in the third game of the South Division Championship. The Bulls lead the best-of-five series 2-1 and have a chance to advance to their first Robertson Cup in five years with a win on Thursday night.
Brett Abdelnour, Alex Peterson and Jason Brancheau scored for the Bulls in the final 20 minutes. Jason Grande posted the win in goal.
It was a slow start to the game for the Bulls and that allowed the hometown Mudbugs to dominate most of the first period. The Mudbugs raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first period despite the Bulls having 11 shots on goal including quality chances from Jason Brancheau who had a puck cleared out at the last moment by goaltender Leo Chuard. Logan Jenuwine was able to riffle a shot towards the top of the Shreveport net but goaltender Chuard kept the visitors off the score sheet.
The Bulls came out much stronger in the second period with 13 shots, but were unable to push anything past the goaltender. Shreveport added its third goal as Anton Rubsov tipped home a shot off the face-off.
It was all Amarillo in the third period thanks to some hard work at both ends of the rink. Alex Peterson got the Bulls on the board when he fired one past goaltender Chuard with help from Gabriel Seger.
Four minutes later, Brett Abdelnour scored when Trey Bagwell kept the puck from the blue line and spotted Abdelnour open to finish off the play.
With time winding down in regulation, the Bulls used a timeout to their advantage and then set up the scoring play to pull even as Jason Brancheau scored on a perfectly placed shot. In overtime, David Ojamae scored on a great feed from Nick Trela to give the visitors the win..
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Shreveport Mudbugs 13-5 in the final period and 5-2 in overtime for a total of 42.The Mudbugs finished the game off with 41.
The fourth game of the series will be played tomorrow (Thursday) night at 7:11 pm at George’s Pond Hirsch Coliseum. Tune into the action on 107.1 Nash Icon, www.amarillobulls.com/listen and on PPV with Hockey TV beginning with Prelude To The Playoffs at 6:35 pm.