Saturday, October 29, 2005

10-29 BUGS AT MEMPHIS (W, 6-4)

DONT LOOK NOW, BUT TWO BUGS ARE TIED FOR LEAD IN GOALS
Pending the late results, Ryan Manitowich and Brett Smith are tied for the CHL lead in goals with 5. Joe Blaznek also has 5. Even if this lasts just for the next few minutes, it's so rare it's nice to see.
TIME: 10:15 p.m.

PERHAPS THE MOST IMPRESSIVE WIN OF THE SEASON
Unlike last season, when the Mudbugs watched Memphis pile on the goals in a Jan. 23 matchup at the DeSoto Civic Center, Bossier-Shreveport got down, but did not give in. The CCR line of Chris Brassard, Ryan Manitowich and Chad Spurr has caught fire and the goals are coming in bunches.
As usual Dan Wildfong, who scored twice, was his usual clutch self.
And you have to hand it 22-year-old goaltender Andrew Martin, making his first professional start. The rookie was blitzed early on, but hung on and watch his team score five straight to win. More later after I talk to Muscutt and the Boys.
TIME: 9:44 p.m.

BUGS SCORE 5 STRAIGHT, WIN 6-4
TIME: 9:36 p.m.

THIS HOLDING THE STICK STUFF IS, DARE I SAY, RIDICULOUS
Mallin makes another holding the stick call late in the third, his 1,056th of the evening. I thought the CHL wanted flow to return to the game.
TIME: 9:24 p.m.

MANITOWICH SCORES TO GIVE BUGS 5-4 LEAD
Ryan Manitowich scored on a breakaway to give Bossier-Shreveport a 5-4 lead!
TIME: 9:11 p.m.

FONGER MAKES IT 4-4 ON POWER PLAY
Mudbugs captain Dan Wildfong scored a power-play goal to give his team a 4-4 tie with Memphis early in the third period.

BUGS TRAIL FOR FIRST TIME HEADING INTO THIRD
Bossier-Shreveport will try something new Saturday, winning after trailing heading into the final period. The team was 9-11-2 in that situation last year -- quite remarkable.
Memphis will have about 90 seconds of power-play time as Dan Wildfong sits out the rest of his holding penalty to begin the third.
TIME: 8:42 p.m.

SPURR LIGHTS THE LAMP FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON! BUGS BACK IN IT
Chad Spurr scored a power-play goal with less than 5 minutes remaining in the second period and Bossier-Shreveport is within a goal of Memphis.
TIME: 8:33 p.m.

SHEPPARD HELPS STOP MEMPHIS MOMENTUM
Scott Sheppard scored his third goal of the season late in the second period to pull the Mudbugs within 4-2. Sheppard took advantage of a turnover by Memphis' Jeremy Wray and beat Miguel Beaudry top shelf.
TIME: 8:30 p.m.

GAME LOOKING A LOT LIKE LAST YEAR'S FINALE IN MEMPHIS
The RiverKings have scored their fourth straight goal to take a 4-1 lead over the Mudbugs. Memphis is on another power play and this has a similar feel to the 8-3 pounding the Bugs took on Jan. 23 at the DCC.
TIME: 8:19 p.m.

SHOTS HIGH, GOALS LOW AGAIN FOR TRAILING BUGS
Bossier-Shreveport outshot Memphis 21-9 in the first period, but a goal by Ryan Campbell on a delayed penalty call gives the RiverKings a 2-1 advantage heading into the second period.
TIME: 7:45 p.m.

KEVIN MALLIN HAS A HOLDING THE STICK FETISH
The Mudbugs were called for three consecutive holding the stick penalties in the first period at Memphis on Saturday. I guess referee Kevin Mallin was trying to make a point. After Ryan Manitowich opened the scoring with his fourth goal in two games, the RiverKings finally capitilized on one of the stick penalties with a power-play goal to tie the game at 1.

MARTIN GETS FIRST START IN NET AS ROAD TRIP BEGINS
In about 15 minutes, the Mudbugs begin an eight-game road trip with a game against the Memphis RiverKings at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss. The Northeast Division rivals are coming off an impressive 6-3 victory last night against Youngstown. Meanwhile, Bossier-Shreveport is riding high after a 5-0 shellacking of Austin last night at the CenturyTel Center.
Andrew Martin will start between the pipes for the Mudbugs.

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