CENTRAL HOCKEY LEAGUE SteelHounds' victory snaps losing streak
Youngstown handed Bossier-Shreveport its first loss since late January.
BOSSIER CITY, La. - The Youngstown SteelHounds spoiled the unveiling of the Northeast Division title banner on Friday night at the CenturyTel Center as they beat the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs 8-3.
The eight goals were the most scored by the Hounds in a single game this season and it ended a seven-game winless skid while handing the Mudbugs (35-14-7) their first regulation loss since late January.
Jeff Christian had huge night for the SteelHounds (21-32-5), scoring a pair of goals and adding two assists to pull him within three points of the league lead. He's the first player to eclipse the 50-goal plateau this season.
The SteelHounds took the lead with a five-on-three power play goal scored by Kelly Sickavish on a redirection in front of the net off a Jeff Christian shot.
For Sickavish, it was just his second goal of the season, assisted by Christian and Joey Sewell. Bossier-Shreveport came back with the tying goal scored by Brett Smith, his 29th of the season and eighth versus the SteelHounds.
Blair Manning and Craig Minard had the assists.
Christian gets 50th goal
The Hounds regained at the 7:19 mark as Christian shot through the pads of David Cacciola for his league-leading 50th goal of the season. Darryl Lloyd and Chris Shaffer had the assists.
Bossier-Shreveport tied the game at the 13:01 mark with Chad Spurr scoring his 19th goal of the season. Christian later fought off both Chris Brassard and Craig Minard, roofing a shot by Cacciola for his second goal of the period and 51st of the season.
The Hounds extended their lead to 4-2 with J.F. Labarre knocking the puck off Cacciola for his seventh goal of the season, assisted by Mario Chinelli and J.R. Holmes. The Mudbugs came right back with Scott Sheppard scoring his 29th goal of the season.
Finished with flurry
Then SteelHounds scored the game's next four goals, starting with Chris Shaffer's ninth of the season. (Lloyd and Miller got the assists.) Matt Hanson added his 10th, then Joey Sewell scored on an assist from Chris Richards to extend his point streak to a CHL season-long 18 straight games. Richards finished the scoring on a redirection from a Christian shot. It was Richard's 18th goal of the season.
The SteelHounds play their final road game of the season tonight in Memphis against the RiverKings.