Bugs Face Elimination After Game 3 Collapse
Last night's game at George's Pond at Hirsch Coliseum was an interesting one. For the first 30 minutes of the game, the Shreveport Mudbugs looked unstoppable. They had the look of a team that was destined to win back to back NAHL Championships. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, momentum shifted and Amarillo took control.
At the beginning of the 3rd period of Game 3 in this critical NAHL Second Round series, the Bugs were up 3-0 on the Bulls. Despite losing control for a bit about midway through the 2nd period, they still had the game in the bag. But then, the Bulls began raging. One goal and then another to close the gap to one. But, then you look up at the clock and you see there is only 3 minutes left in the game. The Bugs just need to hang on.
But then the Mudbugs got bit by the bug that has cursed them all year, a bad penalty. From that point on, it looked like Amarillo was destined to win. Premium scoring opportunities, complete puck control...it wouldn't be outlandish to say it appeared the Bulls were playing a different game than the Bugs. But, somehow, the Bugs killed off the penalty and Amarillo was forced to pull their goalie.
You would think the Bugs would be able to sink an empty netter or at least hang on for the final 30 seconds to win the game, right? Wrong. The Bugs just couldn't stop the Bulls' 6 on 5 attack and knocked in a game winner with just seconds to go. In Overtime, you can guess what happened. The Bulls continued to look the dominate team and eventually hit the game winner about 5 minutes into the bonus hockey session.
The Bugs literally blew a Night King sized lead and got annihilated out of nowhere by a little girl. But, never fear....the Bugs have a shot at REDEMPTION tonight. Facing possible elimination, the defending Robertson Champs will look to pick up a huge win to force a Game 5 in the series.
If they can play like they did in the 1st half of last night's game, they should CRUSH Amarillo. However, if they keep falling apart at the seems when teams start hitting back...I'm afraid they have no chance at living to fight another day.