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Mudbugs, Knights win defensive battles on Wednesday

December 14, 2017

Knights goalie David Tomeo has allowed just four goals in his last three starts.

Corpus Christi 0 @ Shreveport 2 - The Shreveport Mudbugs defeated Corpus Christi, 2-0, on George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum behind a North American Hockey League-best fifth shutout by netminder James Durham. The victory extended the Mudbugs’ point streak to 13 games (10-0-3 since Oct. 27) and widened the gap in the South Division to nine points over Lone Star. Shreveport (20-4-4) became the first team in the league to record 20 victories this season. Wednesday’s play proved choppy, but chippy as the division rivals grew increasingly frustrated over the 60 minutes of action. Mudbugs forward Roberts Baranovskis opened the scoring midway through the second period with his fourth goal of the season. Nikolai Jenson electrified his teammates with his first goal of the season to give Shreveport a two-goal advantage in the third period. It marked the first NAHL tally for the 17-year-old from Cold Springs, Minnesota. Ultimately, again, the final few moments centered on securing another shutout for No. 1. Durham made 15 saves and has clearly adjusted to being the No. 1 guy between the pipes. For most of this season, Durham served as half of a wonderful tandem in goal, but he’s made five straight starts after Gustavs Grigals accompanied head coach Karlis Zirnis overseas to represent the Latvian national U20 team. IceRays goalie Chad Veltri made 18 saves in the loss. Boxscore
 
New Jersey 1 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2 – In another close battle, the Knights got two 2nd period goals to edge the Titans, 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon. Both goalies David Tomeo and Brandon Perrone were very good in the game.The Knights carried play for most of the first period to the tune of 16-10 shot advantage, but could not solve Perrone. In the period’s final two minutes, the Titans maintained pressure for consecutive shifts, culminating in an offensive zone draw in the final 20 seconds. Off a quick faceoff win and cycle, Hunter Alden took passes from Kyle Jeffers and Ryan Naumovski and fired a puck past Tomeo for a 1-0 Titans lead. Perrone’s sterling defense of his net held until 3:17. A sequence that started with Mike Morrissey setting up a heavy Blake Kryska shot ended with Adrian Danchenko showcasing his silky hands once again. The big forward weaved Kryska’s rebound through the crease and past Perrone for the game-tying goal, Danchenko’s sixth of the season. The Knights then found themselves on the power play with just under 30 seconds remaining.  Off a clean faceoff win, Blake Kryska fed a puck to Anthony Firriolo. Just five seconds into the man-advantage, Mike Morrissey found a Firriolo rebound and put it home to take a 2-1 lead. As time wound down on the 3rd period comeback, the Titans pulled Perrone with just over a minute to play in regulation. The Knights back check buckled down and spent much of the final 60 seconds outside their own end. Tomeo ended up with 34 saves in the win, while Perrone made 37 saves in the loss. Boxscore
 

 

 
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