The Laredo Bucks, of the Central Hockey League, defeated the Allen Americans 2-1.
The Laredo Bucks were seeking their first victory on home ice versus the Allen Americans on Sunday afternoon. This was the fifth straight game the two teams have played against one another.
The Bucks began the game pelting the Allen goaltender with shots in the first minutes of play. However, the Americans’ Jason Deitsch scored a topshelf goal at 7:55 giving Allen a 1-0 lead. No one else would score during the first, but the Bucks outshot the Americans 12-8.
The Bucks had an odd-man rush at 5:09 in the second period. David Inman was able to put the puck past the Americans netminder tying the game 1-1. Joseph Harcharik and Mark Nebus assisted on the goal. The Bucks once again outshot the Americans 14-10.
As the third period started, the tensions built between the two teams. The physical play began shortly into the period as Mark Nebus battled with Trevor Hendrikx. Matt Boyd dropped the mitts less than five minutes later with Tyler Ludwig. The Bucks took the lead when David Inman scored his second goal of the night on a powerplay at 14:04. Inman buried the puck between the legs of the Allen goaltender, being assisted by Ryan Sparling and Erik Boisvert. Once the Bucks secured the lead, the game took a very different turn. The Allen Americans head coach was ejected with only 3 minutes left in the game, after he launched a puck across the ice. With a little over ten seconds remaining, the Americans tried to bully the Bucks into a line brawl. After all the equipment was finally cleared off the ice, the Bucks held on for the final seconds to win big at home.
The Laredo Bucks now head on the road for two games versus the Arizona Sundogs. They will return home to the Laredo Energy Arena Wednesday, January 18th when they take on the Texas Brahmas.