Tomorrow both teams will take the ice for game two at the Outpost Ice Arenas at 7:00 p.m. The Ice Wolves will once again be wearing their “Pink In The Rink” specialty jerseys. After the conclusion of tomorrow’s game, you will have a chance to bid on the game worn jerseys in the form of a live auction. Make sure to follow us on social media @NMIceWolves and click here to purchase tickets for tomorrow’s game.
Game one between the Ice Wolves and the Mudbugs did not disappoint. There were a total of nine goals and shots were tied 34-34 after 60 minutes of play. New Mexico jumped out to an early lead after Philip Ekberg scored his first ever NAHL goal, just 53 seconds into the opening period. However Shreveport responded by scoring three unanswered goals on Josh Langford to put them up 3-1 with less than five minutes left in the first. With time winding down in the period, Alex Dominique made a spectacular diagonal pass to Spencer Rudrud, who was able to find the back of the net. Making it 3-2 Mudbugs after the first 20 minutes of play.
In the middle frame there were two more goals that came off the stick of Mudbugs players resulting in a 5-3 lead. While the Ice Wolves found themselves down by two not even halfway into the second period, they were not going down without a fight. There were a plethora of penalties in the second period but neither team was able to convert while on the man-advantage. With time winding down in the middle period, Zach Frisk and Dawson Sciarrino squared off right in front of the fans. Both were able to land multiple shots on each other until Frisk took down Sciarrino. After Frisk had Sciarrino on his back he threw some extra punches at him resulting in Frisk being ejected from the game. Shreveport took a 5-2 lead into the locker room after 40 minutes of play.
In the final period of regulation, each team was able to find the back of the net off of power-play goals. Although, Shreveport did not convert on the five-minute major given to Frisk. Later in the game and while on the power play, Philip Ekberg was able to shoot a bobbling puck from the slot right past the Air Force commit, Maiszon Balboa. Making it 6-3 Shreveport with less than five minutes left in the game. The Ice Wolves had a power play towards the end of the game but were unable to capitalize on it resulting in a 6-3 loss when the horn sounded.