Friday, October 21, 2005

10-21 BUGS VS. MEMPHIS (W, 4-3)

BUGS WIN 4-3
TIME: 9:58 p.m.

THIRD PERIOD TURNS DEFENSIVE
Paul Schonfelder just stopped Don Parsons -- one of the greatest players in CHL history to help the Bugs maintain the 4-3 lead with less than six minutes remaining. The third period has been scoreless thus far.

FRIDAY'S GAME EXACTLY WHAT CHL WAS EXPECTING WITH NEW RULES
The Central Hockey League's Vice President of Operations Duane Lewis had a smile on his face at the CenturyTel Center on Friday. The 4-3 score after two periods and the plethora of scoring opportunities made the contest incredibly exciting the entire night.
"You have to be more conditioned," Lewis said. "The players AND the officials. The action is end-to-end."
TIME: 9:27 p.m.

SMITH SCORES SHORTY TO GIVE BUGS LEAD HEADING INTO THIRD
Brett Smith ended a nine-month goal drought with a shorthanded tally late in the second period to give Bossier-Shreveport a 4-3 advantage heading into the final period. The second-year pro banked the puck off the back of Miguel Beaudry and into the net from behind the goal line.

MEMPHIS TAKES SHORT-LIVED LEAD AS SOUPY SCORES
The RiverKings scored their third straight goal to take a 3-2 lead midway through the second period, but Jason Campbell -- back from a one-year hiatus -- tied the game on deflection from a Chad Spurr shot.
TIME: 8:52 p.m.


FIGHTING BEGINS AS MEMPHIS EVENS SCORE
A Ryan Watson slap shot tied the game at 2 midway through the second period. The Bugs and Kings have faced off in a pair of bouts in this period.
Bossier-Shreveport's Quade Lightbody lost a close battle with tough guy Kenny Goetz. Moments later, Chris Brassard evened the score on the fight cards with an overwhelming victory against Andrew Davis.
TIME: 8:48 p.m.

MANNING SCORES FIRST GOAL AS MUDBUG, MEMPHIS ANSWERES QUICKLY
Veteran Blair Manning took a no-look pass from Dan Wildfong early in the second period to put the Mudbugs up 2-0. Moments later, Memphis answered when Derek Landmesser scored a disputed goal to make it a 2-1 game. The Mudbugs, who were on a delayed penalty against, claimed they had gathered possession of the puck before it deflected off the goalie's stick and into the net.
TIME: 8:36 p.m.


BUGS UP 1-0 AFTER 1, BEGIN SECOND WITH PP
Sheppard's goal was the only tally in the first period and the Mudbugs have 53 seconds left on a power play to begin the second period.


SHEPPARD PUTS BUGS ON BOARD FIRST!!!
Second-year pro Scott Sheppard took a pass from captain Dan Wildfong at 12:18 of the first period and buried it in the top left corner of the Memphis goal to open the scoring for the 2005-06 season.

POWER PLAYS BEGIN
The Mudbugs and the RiverKings had one power-play opportunity early in the first period. The RiverKings managed one shot on goal and Mudbugs goalie Paul Schonfelder was up to the task, making a huge save on the doorstep.
Meanwhile, the Mudbugs had three shots and a couple of good scoring opportunities. But like Schonfelder, Memphis netminder Miguel Beaudry was there to make the saves.
TIME: 7:34 p.m.

THE PUCK DROPS
With a starting lineup of Chris Brassard, Ryan Manitowich and Chad Spurr up front, Dale Lupul and Quade Lightbody on the blue line and Paul Schonfelder in net, the Mudbugs begin the 2005-06 season at 7:20 p.m.!!


CARROLL WILL NOT START OPENER
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs goaltender Ken Carroll WILL not start tonight against the Memphis RiverKings. Backup Paul Schonfelder led the Mudbugs on the ice during the initial warmup at the CenturyTel Center. That is usually done by the starting goaltender.
TIME: 6:50 p.m.


ITS ALMOST TIME
Believe it or not, hockey season is here! It's still a bit warm outside the CenturyTel Center here in Bossier City, but the ice is cold and fresh inside.

Just talked to Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs head coach Scott Muscutt and I dont believe I've ever seen him so excited.

He has a lot to be excited about. A lot of talent, some good experience and a heck of a fan base.

As the season begins, I would say the key to the Mudbugs start will be the play of their blue-liners. Travis Bell and Wes Blevins were significant losses, but rookie Dale Lupul is the real deal. The Bugs have three potent lines, so scoring won't be a problem. Yes, I said scoring won't be a problem.

But will Ken Carroll have the help in front to keep the opposition out of the net?

Hear Coach Muscutt break down the opener at http://shreveporttimes.com/assets/wma/D9102691021.WAV

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