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Mudbugs winning on the ice and in the stands

By:
  • Tyler Moody
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  • Shreveport Mudbugs

After an incredibly successful return to Shreveport last year, the Mudbugs have clawed their way to the top of the NAHL South division to start their 2017-2018 NAHL campaign.

The ‘Bugs winning ways have them with a record of 10-3 on the young season. They have been dominant on the road with a 6-1 record but have not disappointed at home with four wins to just two losses.

Shreveport has been electrifying on offense as they currently lead the NAHL South with 44 goals on the season, which is 3rd best in the entire league.

Defensively the ‘Bugs have been just as good. They have only allowed 26 goals, which is 2nd best in the South and 3rd best in the entire NAHL.

While the team has been dominating on the ice, Shreveport has also been winning in the stands. George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum has the best attendance in the NAHL with over 2,900 fans showing up to support the Mudbugs per game.

You can’t win without great team effort and the Mudbugs combination of sharing the puck and elite goaltending have propelled this young Mudbugs squad to begin the season. Let’s have a look at the key contributors to the hot start for the ‘Bugs.

The two-headed monster in goal:

Gustavs Grigals has been the go-to guy for the Mudbugs between the pipes, on most nights, and has turned in one good performance after another. Grigals has been tremendous for the Mudbugs and currently owns the 4th most wins in the NAHL with his record sitting at 6-3. He is 6th in the NAHL with a 1.92 GAA and 15th in the NAHL with a .922 save percentage on the young season.

James Durham has been just as good, if not better than Grigals when called upon, for Shreveport. Durham has yet to take a loss on the season and his record sits at an unblemished 4-0. Durham’s dominant performances have him in 2nd in the NAHL with a 1.15 GAA and a .951 save percentage.

The Mudbugs’ goalie tandem could be what has them atop the NAHL South when the regular season concludes.

Light the lamp! Top goal scorers:

The Mudbugs have a slew of guys who can put the puck in the net but three have lit the light five times to tie for the team lead.

Brendan Van Sweden could have an early claim to team MVP to start the year. He currently leads the ‘Bugs in points with 12 on the season. His five goals are also tied for the team lead while his seven assists have him ranked 3rd on this Shreveport squad.

Cole Quisenberry and Cameron Cook have been on the receiving end of a number of Brendan Gysbers’ passes and are currently tied with Van Sweden for the team lead in goals with their five a piece.

Passing the puck, assist leaders:

Brendan Gysbers showed off his passing skills for Mudbugs’ fans last year and has picked up where he left off. He is currently leading Shreveport with nine assists to start the season. He has yet to score a goal but has been a major reason the Mudbugs find themselves with a lead in the South.

Andrew Lane is only one assist behind Gysbers for the team lead with his eight. Lane has also chipped in one goal for the ‘Bugs.

Next up:

The Mudbugs look to build on their road success against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs with games this Friday and Saturday.

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Tyler Moody

After spending the last few years in television and radio, Tyler Moody comes to REALShreveport.com to head the sports’ department. An Elysian Fields, Texas and Shreveport native, Tyler has followed sports in the area his entire life. From a young age, his love for pure competition grew year after year. “Moody” attended high school in Shreveport at the athletic powerhouse that is Evangel Christian Academy. He was a starting pitcher and garnered multiple all-state accolades along with a 2009 state championship as an Eagle. He has taken the knowledge gained on the field and applied it to his career in sports. An avid fantasy sports player, Moody has become the go-to guy for fantasy talk and advice in the Ark-La-Tex. Now, he hopes to continue to grow REALShreveport.com into Shreveport’s go-to for area sports.

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