Tuesday, October 25, 2005

10-25 BUGS at FORT WORTH (L, 4-3 in shootout)

BUGS FALL; FLAT THIRD PERIOD THE DIFFERENCE

You could see this one coming. Just like the first two games (minus the first 6 minutes against Youngstown), the Mudbugs outplayed their competition but couldn't put them away. Then, late in the game, the opposition come back to tie or take the lead.

That's exactly what happened again Tuesday in Fort Worth. The Mudbugs led after two periods, 2-1, but honestly Bossier-Shreveport could have had five or six goals.

There were several chances in front of Brahmas goaltender Larry Sterling, but the Mudbugs always seemed to want to do something fancy with it. It was always an off-speed attempt, like they were trying too hard to hit a spot. No one, sans Scott Sheppard, was just firing the puck. Bottom line, the Mudbugs are creating plenty of scoring chances, but they are getting too cute with them.

On the other hand, Fort Worth just blasted its goals in Tuesday.

No need to worry, the Bugs are 2-0-1 and their best power-play guy, Chris Brassard, will be back Friday night against Austin.
Like even strength, the Mudbugs haven't lit up the board on the power play -- four goals in 28 chances. Brassard, who scored a record four power-play goals in one playoff game last season, will help cure that problem.

BRAHMAS TAKE LEAD

Wes Mason scored midway through the third to give Fort Worth a 3-2 lead.
TIME: 9:40

BRAHMAS TIE GAME EARLY IN THIRD

David Silverstone scored his second goal of the game when he went unchallenged in the Mudbugs zone and unleashed a booming slah shot past Ken Carroll. One-goal leads will not be easy to hold in the third period in this age of hockey. The Mudbugs must continue to be as aggressive offensively. They only have one shot in the first six minutes of the final period.
TIME: 9:38 p.m.

GO-GO SOX

As I sit in the press box here at Fort Worth, I am getting updates via IM on Game 3 of the World Series. I was disappointed to hear the White Sox were in a 4-0 hole, but elated to get the message that said they had taken a 5-4 lead!!!

Oh yeah, I'm from Chicago!!
TIME: 9:16 p.m.


LAY OFF THE CRACK PIPE DUDE

The most comical part of Tuesday's game wasn't being able to actually hand count the crowd in Fort Worth, but watching the shot board. Shots are randomly being put on the board and myself and Kelly Morris from the Star-Telegram have been unable to decipher the method to the shot dude's madness.
TIME: 9:08 p.m.


THANK THE LORD FOR NORMAL JERSEYS

I can actually see who has the puck and who scores tonight at Fort Worth. The jerseys the Mudbugs wore Saturday against Youngstown, which resembled the American flag, made it impossible to read the numbers. Consequently, I gave Chad Spurr -- not Blair Manning -- credit for the game-winning assist on Brett Smith's overtime goal.

Tuesday, the Bugs were decked out in the traditional purple road jersey, trimmed in teal.
TIME: 9:04 p.m.


SHAW GETS SPLIT DECISION IN FIRST FIGHT OF THE NIGHT

Chris Shaw dropped the gloves for the first time as a Mudbug. He went toe-to-toe with Fort Worth's David Silverstone early in the second period. Shaw, a righty, fought the southpaw and landed a few good jabs. Silverstone got a shot or two in, but Shaw gets a close decision in this one.
TIME: 8:46 p.m.


UNUSUAL GOAL SCORERS

So far, the 2005-06 season is all about the players who had a tough time finding the net last year. Brett Smith, who scored 10 goals last season, already has five through seven periods and 1:40 of hockey. Quade Lightbody scored in the first period tonight, to end a regular-season drought that can be traced back to Mar. 12, 2004.
TIME: 8:25 p.m.


LIGHTBODY SCORES! BUGS LEAD 2-1 AFTER ONE PERIOD

Quade Lightbody, who did not score a goal during the regular season last year, gave the Mudbugs a 2-1 lead late in the first period Tuesday at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The play was setup by an amazing piece of stickwork from Scott Sheppard, who hit Lightbody in front of the crease from the right circle.
TIME: 8:13 p.m.


SMITH AGAIN??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??

Brett Smith scored midway through the first period to tie the game at 1. The goal is his fifth in three games this season. Again, it came via a nifty pass from Chad Spurr.
TIME:7:58 p.m.


CAMPBELL HURT EARLY TUESDAY, RETURNS

After making a nice short-handed steal at center ice, Mudbugs veteran Jason Campbell was checked into the boards inside the Brahmas' zone. Fort Worth soon scored to take a 1-0 lead. As hockey players often do, Campbell, who had trouble getting back to his bench, was on the ice for his next shift.
TIME: 7:50 p.m.


DION HYMAN SIGHTING

You know him. You love him. He's Dion Hyman. You remember this defenseman who scored the game-winning goal in Laredo during overtime of Game 7 in the 2004 President's Cup Finals. OK, maybe he didnt actually score, but it counted nonetheless.

Hyman was signed by the Brahmas in the offseason and had one assist in the opening weekend.
TIME: 7:42 p.m.


FANS PACK THE HOUSE IN FORT WORTH ... NOT

Now you know why the Bossier-Shreveport front office doesn't want any part of Tuesday night games. Five minutes before gametime, the Brahmas have "packed" about 150 people in the building -- about 50 are Mudbugs fans.
TIME: 7:25 p.m.


BRASSARD SITS OUT FINAL GAME OF SUSPENSION

Mudbugs veteran Chris Brassard was out of Tuesday's lineup in Fort Worth, serving the final game of the two-game suspension stemming from an elbow in Friday's season-opener against Memphis. Head coach Scott Muscutt is also in the stands, serving his third game of a five-game penalty for his fight with Derek Laxdal during last year's playoffs.
TIME: 7:19 p.m.


BUGS FACE CHAD WOOLLARD-LESS BRAHMAS

Fort Worth retooled its roster prior 2005-06 season. One of the big absentees is power forward Chad Woollard. The big red-head played for the Brahmas for five seasons before heading to the UHL this year. He began in Rockford, but was later traded to Quad Cities. He has four points in two games.
TIME: 7:16 p.m.


KEN CARROLL TO START IN NET

Ken Carroll will get his first start of the season tonight against Fort Worth.
Paul Schonfelder was placed on IR and Andrew Martin will backup Carroll. Face-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
TIME: 7:09 p.m.


FIRST ROAD TRIP UNDERWAY

The Mudbugs 2-0 practiced at the CenturyTel Center Monday at 2 p.m., then departed for Fort Worth (1-0-1), where they will take on the Brahmas tonight. Make sure you stayed tuned for the GameBlog!

Hear Coach Muscutt preview the game at http://www.shreveporttimes.com/assets/wma/D9104071025.WAV

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