Saturday, November 26, 2005

11-26 BUGS vs. EAGLES (L, 5-3)

EMPTY NETTER SEALS THE DEAL
Greg Pankewicz scored an empty net goal to notch his eleventh goal of the season to secure a win for the Colorado Eagles in front of 4641 fans to give them their tenth win of the season. The attendance marks the lowest attendance of the season for the Mudbugs who outshot the Eagles 44-35.

Colorado Eagle Ed McGrane tied a CHL season high with five assists for the evening. Serge Dube got five assists on 11/05 for Laredo against Memphis in a 6-3 victory.

Around the Northeast Division of the CHL, Youngstown lost 3-2 to Rio Grande, Fort Worth trails Oklahoma City 3-1 in the third, and Memphis currently trails Austin 1-0 in the third.

Wichita and Laredo are tied at 1-1 with 9:33 left in the third period in a battle of conference leaders.

The next game for the Mudbugs is Friday, December 2nd in Fort Worth and the next home game for the Mudbugs is Thursday, December 8th against the same Colorado Eagles.

A NEW GAME IN MUDBUG LAND
Brett Smith scored his twelfth goal of the year 10:06 into the third period on assists by Chris Brassard and Ryan Manitowich. Much of this third period has been played in the Colorado zone where the Eagles seem content to clear the zone to center ice and then dump the puck into the Mudbug zone to get fresh legs on the ice.

The Mudbugs will now try for another goal with a power play thanks to an Aaron Grosul cross check with 4:28 left in the game.



SHEPPARD SCORES HIS SECOND
Scott Sheppard scored his second goal of the game 3:18 seconds into the third period with assists by Dan Wildfong and Blair Manning bringing the Mudbug faithful to their feet. I am starting to feel some bird poop karma right now.

The Mudbugs are currently on a power play after a cross checking minor penalty to Les Borsheim.

SHEPPARD’S GOAL WAIVED OFF
Scott Sheppard scored his second goal of the game 1:52 in the third frame, unfortunately Mudbug captain Dan Wildfong was called on his third penalty of the game two seconds earlier to negate the goal.

Twenty-six seconds later Fraser Fillipic scored his second goal of the game on assists by Greg Pankewicz and Ed McGrane. The goal was Colorado's third power play goal of the game.

EAGLES LEAD 3-1 AFTER SECOND PERIOD
Colorado Eagle Fraser Filipic scored a power play goal 1:13 seconds into the second period to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead. The goal was Filipic's fifth of the season. Sean Robertson got his second assist of the game and Brad Williamson earned his second point of the game with an assist.

Eagle center Garrett Larson scored his fifth goal of the season ten minutes later and was set up by Sean Robertson and Greg Pankewicz.

Colorado and Bossier/Shreveport each had 11 shots in the second period. The Mudbugs had a one minute five on three power play but only got two shots off with the two man advantage.

The Mudbugs are one for seven on the power play tonight and the Eagles are two for four with the man advantage
Colorado is 6-0 when leading after two periods and Bossier/Shreveport is 2-4 when trailing after two periods but there is some good news. I saved a bunch of money on auto...

Kidding. The good news is that Colorado has given up 20 of their 50 goals in the third period this year and have been outscored 20-11 in the third frame. The Mudbugs have outscored their opponents 19-11 in the third period this year.

BUGS-EAGLES TIED AT 1 AFTER ONE
The Colorado Eagles have 14 shots on goal while the Mudbugs have 17 shots on goal. The Mudbugs are 7-3-1 when outshooting their opponents and the Eagles are 3-0 when being outshot.

Colorado is 3-2-0 when tied after the first period. The Mudbugs are 5-2-0 when tied after the first period.

Colorado has committed four penalties (including a roughing penalty by Jeff Blair where he punched Dan Wildfong in the head while Wildfong was on the ice) and the Mudbugs have scored once with a man advantage. The Mudbugs have committed two penalties and the Eagles have scored once on the power play. Colorado will have a man advantage to open up the period after a Dan Wildfong interference penalty with four seconds left in the period.

A close game seems to favor the Colorado Eagles as they are 5-0-0 in one goal games whereas the Mudbugs are 4-2-2 in one goal games.

Scott Sheppard has extended his CHL leading streak of games with a goal to 5 games with his first period tally.

SHEPPARD SCORES TO TIE GAME AT 1
Scott Sheppard just scored his 17th goal of the season to tie the game at one apiece. The goal is Sheppard's ninth in the last five games and fourteenth goal in the last ten games. He is probably the one guy that you don't want to leave alone anywhere on the ice if you are an Eagle. He is in an absolute zone right now.

Mudbug captain Dan Wildfong and defenseman Craig Minard assisted on the goal during a two man advantage which was made possible by a cross check by Eagle Ed McGrane. Thanks Ed. As unbelievable as it sounds, Sheppard was left all alone on the Eagle goaltender Jeff Blair's stick side, had time to settle the puck, and put it top shelf where Roy Lang keeps the good beverages.

COLORADO SCORES EARLY
Brad Williamson scored a power play goal off of a great assist by Sean Robertson to take a early 1-0 lead. Andrew Martin has looked good in goal so far for the Mudbugs, which is good news since the Eagles have peppered Mudbug goaltender so far. He just stopped reigning MVP Greg Pankewicz on a breakaway to keep the score at 1-0.

A GOOD OMEN FOR TONIGHT
I had a bird poop on me upon coming to the CenturyTel Center. At first I was very upset about this little mess, but after looking up on the Internet about the best way to get bird poop off of my shirt and I found this little gem:

Bird poop brings you good luck.

I am now going to go out and buy me a parakeet to keep company and if this bird poop rule holds true then I am never going to wash this shirt again.

We will be keeping an eye on the Wichita at Laredo game tonight. Granted, neither of the teams are in the Northeast Division but any time you get the top point getter in the Northern Conference (Wichita with 23 points) and the top team in the Southern Conference (Laredo with 21 points), you have the makings for a great game.

We will be keeping our ears on how well Jeff Blair will be received in the CenturyTel Center tonight. I did overhear this conversation in the concourse prior to the game tonight.

Woman - "I hope the Mudbugs win but I hope Jeff Blair has a really good game."
Man - "If Jeff Blair has a really good game then the Eagles will win."
Woman - "Well I hope that Jeff Blair looks good but the Mudbugs win."
Man - "If the Mudbugs win, Jeff Blair won't look good."
Woman - "Shut up. I like Jeff Blair."

I am willing to wager there will be a number of confused folks in attendance tonight.


FAMILIAR FACE IN GOAL FOR COLORADO
Usually the first person on the ice is the starting goalie for that nights game. If this is any indication, then #37 for the Eagles will be between the pipes tonight for the Colorado Eagles. #37 is none other than former Mudbug Jeff Blair who is sporting a 1-2-0 record with a 3.35 Goals Against Average.

Leading the home town Mudbugs is #35 Andrew Martin who is 2-2-0 with a 2.23 GAA.

Chad Spurr, Jason Campbell, and Chris Shaw are not dressed for tonights game.

Ken Carroll is also not here tonight and it has been speculated that he may be running into visa problems. If that is indeed the case, I wonder if former FEMA director Michael Brown is in charge of handing out visa's for our government now because this is taking a rediculously long length of time to get this resolved.

Friday, November 25, 2005

11-25 BUGS vs. FORT WORTH (W, 2-1 in overtime)

GAME OVER, BUGS WIN
With 3:15 left in overtime, Scott Sheppard put home a one timer from Ryan Manitowich to give the home town Mudbugs an all important Northeast Division victory. Jason Basile also received an assist on the play.

This gives the Mudbugs a two point lead in the division standings heading into Saturday's all important game with the reigning CHL champs, the Colorado Eagles.

Tonights three stars:

3rd star - Andrew Martin - 16 saves for his second professional victory.

2nd star - Blair Manning - Records his 17th assist on Scott Sheppards first goal of the night.

1st star - Scott Sheppard - Two goals for the sniper out of Selkirk, Ontario. This gives him 16 for the year and he is currently scoring at a goal-a game pace.

See you tomorrow night, enjoy your turkey ala king, hot turkey sandwiches, and turkey soup.

OVERTIME AGAIN
Free hockey for the 5128 fans in attendance (I couldn't have been any more off with my estimate). We will begin overtime with 4 on 4 hockey even though David Silverstone from Fort Worth and Shane Palahicky from Bossier/Shreveport will be serving the remaining 1:44 of their roughing penalties to start overtime.

Shots through regulation are 34-17.

For those of you who like fights, you might want to check out Circuit City, WalMart, or Best Buy since we went fightless here tonight, so far.

MUDBUGS-BRAHMAS TIED AFTER TWO
We are all tied after two periods in Bossier City.

The shots were heavily in favor of the Mudbugs as they outshot the Brahmas 13-2 in the second period.

Fort Worth had three penalties in the second period and the Mudbugs had two penalties.

I would like to take a moment to "sand the floor" with some Holiday football observations.

Can't we get another team to play on Thanksgiving besides the Detroit Lions? The Dallas Cowboys are great to watch because the game always seems to have something on the line, but the Detroit Lions have not been in a playoff game of played a game that mattered in years. I think somebody should take a poll to find out when families eat Thanksgiving dinner because I would be willing to wager that most eat during the end of the Detroit game but before the Dallas game. Would anyone have a problem with the Denver Broncos, the New York Giants, or any other team besides the Houston Texans or Detroit Lions hosting that early game? I think not.

Quite a wake up call for the Texas Longhorns today against Texa A&M winning 40-29 at Kyle field in College Station. It is almost a shame that the Aggies would end on this note when the year began with so much promise. The famed "wrecking crew" defense got killed this year and I am not sure that A&M would have done better with a literal "twelfth man" today. I would sure hate to be the team that plays the Longhorns in the Big 12 championship game next weekend.

LSU on the other hand has got to be concerned with where they are at heading into the SEC championship game next weekend against the Georgia Bulldogs in Atlanta. I almost felt bad for Les Miles today because every time the camera was on him he had a pained look on his face, the same look my pops has on his face when he is trying to remember where he left his car keys. That is not a very confident team and LSU may be the luckiest team in the land this fall.

Now back on with the coolest game on earth--CHL Hockey.

DOWN IN FRONT MUDBUGS
Let's see if we can't figure out what just happened.

Brahma Ty Hennes takes an inadvertant stick in the face during a face off and goes down to the ice. No penalty was called on the play.

On the ensuing face-off Hennes fires the puck in the Bossier-Shreveport bench. After some jawing between the bench and Hennes, referee Steve Cruickshank went over and told our bench to sit down and get away from the dasher.

Maybe coach Scott Muscutt needs to get one of those "stand away from the sidelines" guys that you see in the NFL.

On the next shift the Mudbugs were whistled for too many men on the ice. What would have been the penalty if they hadn't sat down? You've got to love Cruickshank

David Silverstone was on the ice during intermission, but has not skated a shift this period. In memory of Mr. Miyagi (who along with Daniel Larusso in The Karate Kid had one of the most uncomfortable on screen relationships ever), even though I "waxed on" saying Silverstone may be back, I will now have to "wax off" that statement.

BRAHMAS-MUDBUGS TIED AFTER ONE
We have a tie game at one all here in Bossier City after the first period.

Shots are even at ten apiece and penalties were even until the horn sounded to end the period. Dan Wildfong took his second interference penalty of the game as time expired to give the Brahmas a one man advantage to start the second.

David Silverstone is back on the ice to start the second but he is noticably favoring his right leg and seems to have some issues pushing off his left leg. Good news for the Brahma fans. I'm not sure if the holiday weekend has anything to do with it, but there are not very many fans from Fort Worth that made the trip to the Bossier Shreveport area for the game.

The Bugs killed the penalty and only allowed one shot on goal.

SILVERSTONE GOES TO THE LOCKER ROOM
David Silverstone just went to the bench not putting any pressure on his left leg after a hip check from Mudbug Dan Wildfong at the Mudbug blue line.

After a cross check from Brahma Konrad Brand gave the Mudbugs a powerplay, Scott Sheppard continued his goal score tear with a beautiful backhand that went past Larry Sterling. It was set up by a perfect Blair Manning pass from behind the net.

I am not sure if the Mudbugs need any more motivation after Tuesday's loss to Youngstown, but Larry Sterling may have offered some motivation earlier this month after claiming that, "They (the Mudbugs) may have had 38 shots, but only five or six actually had a chance to go in."

We just had this gem from full time front office man/part time forward Tim Hill: "The boys are gobbling up the loose pucks just like the Thanksgiving turkey." Good times.

PREGAME INFO
Andrew Martin will be in goal tonight for the Mudbugs squaring off against Larry Sterling. Sterling is 2-0 against the Bugs this year with a 4-3 shootout win on 10/25 and a 2-0 shutout on 11-12. Both games took place in Fort Worth.

This will be a battle for first place where four points separate first from last place in the tight Norhteast Division. The Bugs are currently in first place with a record of 7-5-2 (16 points) and the Brahmas are in second place with a record of 7-5-1 (15 points).

The Mudbugs will be wearing yellow, orange, white, and black jerseys apparently to honor the Houston Astros of the 1970's and 1980's. The jerseys are sponsored by Sleep Diagnostics out of Shreveport, LA. Good luck to the scorekeepers and the radio announcers tonight because the names are almost impossible to read.

Chad Spurr, Ken Carroll, and Chris Shaw are still out for the Mudbugs. The Brahmas will be without Defenseman Dion Hyman and Goaltender Keni Gibson (suspended by the team) and Vladimir Hartinger (granted leave on 10/26). The Brahams also have two players on the 14 day IR: Forward Mike O'Sullivan (11/17) and Defenseman Justin Coutu (11/12).

It looks like both teams could use a little Miyagi like magic in the training room right now. The reason I mention this is that the legendary actor from The Karate Kid series of films and the sitcom Happy Days passed away at the age of 73. God speed Miyagi-san.

Tonights attendance guess 6229.

Monday, November 21, 2005

11-22 BUGS vs. YOUNGSTOWN (L, 7-6 in shootout)

BUGS LOSE IN SHOOTOUT
Shootout results
Youngstown - Jeff Christian - Backhand glove side low for a goal
Mudbugs - Scott Sheppard - Wrist shot five hole that was blocked.
Youngstown - Jonathan Gagnon - Beautiful move five hole that was blocked (It was that pretty of a move folks.)
Mudbugs - Jason Basile - Wrist shot five hole that was off the mark to the stick side.
Youngstown - Jeff Richards - Forehand glove side low for a goal.
Mudbugs - Ryan Manitowich - Backhand glove side that was blocked.
Youngstown - Scott Barnes - Went five hole and was blocked.
Mudbugs - Brett Smith - Went backhand to the glove side low and was blocked.

Just like that the Mudbugs are getting out of here with only one point.

Final shot tally was 32-22 in favor of the Mudbugs.

I gave my three stars to the following:

Third star - Blair Manning - Forward had 4 assists and a +3.
Second Star - Scott Barnes - Two goals on two shots plus the winning shootout goal.
First Star - Scott Sheppard for the hat trick.

I hope you enjoyed the Blog and I will see you on Friday night.
Montana has left the building.

THREE ON THREE ACTION
It was 3 on 3 with Chad Kemp and Kris Mallete both sitting in the box on matching minors. Now Dan Wildfong and Darryl Lloyd have went off. Pretty soon we are going to see the goaltenders just shooting the pucks back and forth to each other with no skaters.

TIE GAME
Scott Barnes and Jeff Christian scored 13 seconds apart to tie the game at 6. This is not good times at all. We might really need a record by Blair Manning to pull this out. I absolutely have no idea where this game is going to end up. It is kind of like watching an episode of Lost where you are laughing, you are just figuring out the secrets, and then just like that Boone dies. Then the monsters aren't monsters but they are people. Now Shannon is dead and Walt is a ghost or something. I am totally lost with Lost and I have no freaking idea what is happening here in this game because we had numerous chances to put this thing to bed.

A RECORD FOR BLAIR MANNING
Blair Manning just assisted on a goal on Jason Basile giving him four for the game. This is the 16th time this has happened in team history. Okay, with seven goals do we get a chili fries and a corn dog? Work with me here Sonic. The great news is that I believe the Youngstown players can take advantage of this so they are really letting us feed them dinner by letting us score and cutting down on their per diem.

IT’S A HATTY
Sheppard scores with 14:40 to go to give him his second hat trick of the season. Time to start a bake sale Booster club. The game is not over by any means though because Youngstown is getting some great chances right now and the only points that matter are the two points at the end of the night.

I can taste the Cherry Limeade right now.

If we score six goals do we get an order of chili fries also?

Attendance for tonight is 5669. I was only 40 off not bad.


MUDBUGS LEAD 4-3 AFTER TWO PERIODS
Scott Sheppard has two goals at the end of two periods. Blair Manning has two assists. Brett Smith has a goal and an assist so far tonight. Ryan Manitowich has a goal. It is nice to see that all three lines are producing, especiall after finishing Saturdays game against Memphis with only two healthy lines.

The Steelhounds are being outshot 28-12.

Penalties are pretty even at 8-7 Mudbugs.

Fort Worth is leading Colorado 3-1 in the second.

Spurr is back on the bench after missing some time in the second period.

So far everybody is following the script. One more period to go.

This seems like the perfect time to thank not only Roy Lang for this opportunity (have a great vacation buddy), but to thank my baby for the use of her computer. I promise you sweetheart that I know nothing about those websites that left cookies on your computer. Seriously. I was looking for a room for us in Paris at the Hilton hotel. Honestly.

GOAL FOR SHEPPARD
Sometimes you see a play develop before it does develop. Kind of like when you are watching CSI: Miami and you know that David Caruso is going to put his sunglasses on and overact during a scene. One of those just played out right in front of the press box when Dan Wildfong glided the puck to an empty spot in front of the Youngstown goal and Scott Sheppard knocked it home. We are one goal away from going to Sonic for free drinks. Mmmmmmm...Cherry Limeade.

TIE GAME
No more goaltending smack since we are now tied after a goal by Marc Andre-Roy tied it up. Right now two old teammates Matt Nicholson and Quade Lightbody are in a darn good fight at the Youngstown blue line. We will give that round to Quade but Matt Nicholson just got some respect from his fans here in Shreveport. Everybody in the press box is talking about how that fight was one of the best fights in the past two years at the CTC. I would have to agree. Just two heavyweights trading blows. Good times.

Chad Spuff is not on the bench right now, not good times.

YOUNGSTOWN SCORES ON 5-ON-3
We knew it was only a matter of time, but Chris Richards just put one in the basket on a two man advantage to make the score 3-2. We need to give Cacciola a little love here. Isn't Cacciola Italian for sieve?

THREE PLAQUES, THREE GOALS
Earlier tonight Scott Sheppard, Ryan Manitowich, and Brett Smith received plaques for their hat tricks. Who scored the first three goals tonight? Sheppard, Manitowich, and Smith.

At the end of the first period the score is 3-1 in favor of the Mudbugs.

The shots are in our favor as well with an 18-4 advantage.

Chad Kemp did get back on the ice and assisted on the second goal.

On a side note is there any other job like a referee or linesman where you get booed when you go to work? Nobody boos the fry cook at your local fast food establishment when they come in do they (especially if they watched the movie Waiting this summer)?

Right now there are a bunch of kids trying to shoot a puck in the net for a chance to win $50.00. Does this mean they lose their amateur status if they do win the money?

By the way, our goalie sucks. He only stopped three shots that period. R2D2 would have stopped all four.

I AM A GENIUS
I found the Stargate to our offense and it is me making fun of our goalie. Brett Smith just scored to make it a 2-1 game. Shane Palahicky and Chad Kemp assisted. Lets do it again. Cacciola sucks.

IT WORKED
Just like that Daryl Lloyd takes a penalty for a hit at mid ice on Chad Kemp (who exited to the dressing room, more on this later). Mudbugs go on the power play and Ryan Manitowich bangs home a goal to make it a 1-1 game. Let's try it again. Do you know what kind of meal Cacciola would be if was an Italian dish? Shrimp Cacciola. This is really tough.
NO MORE MAKING FUN OF ST. PIERRE
As soon as I published my last post Scott Barnes from Youngstown scored on a power play goal. Perhaps if I start digging on the Mudbug goalie we can score. Lets try it out. David Cacciola's metallic headgear makes him look like a real stocky version of C3PO. Good times. We do have a pretty good crowd at the CenturyTel Center tonight with a crowd that I will guess is right around 5629.

HAT TRICKS
The Mudbug Boiler booster club is giving out plaques to the player who score hat tricks during the year. With four hat tricks in the first 13 games the booster club better start having some more car washes or they are going to go broke. In goal tonight for the Youngstown Steelhounds (I am still not sure what a Steelhound is) is Simon St. Pierre. So far this year the Mudbugs are 2-2 against goaltenders with a "St." in their name (not counting Larry Sterling from Fort Worth). While I am at it I should point out that St. Pierre is wearing a bright baby blue helmet and mask tonight. Very pretty helmet Simon.

NEW FACES IN THE LINEUP
Defenseman Jeremy Downs from Newfield, NY is dressed for tonight. He is sporting the number 18 jersey. Scott Sheppard is also skating during the pregame which is a welcome sight considering the hit he took last week that warranted a 3 game suspension for Wichita Thunder center Ryan Coghlan. Right now the crowd is being treated to the song "I Wanna Drive the Zamboni" by the Zambonis which is one of the greatest sporting event songs of all time. It is right up there with Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" at a football game. Seriously though, lets hope that the Bugs aren't as flat as Brooke Burke's stomach tonight. We need these points.

THE CHL HAS JUST GRANTED ME PERSONAL LEAVE
Well, it's clear the Mudbugs will get back on track this weekend as I will be out of town. Taking my place for the GameBlog will be Scott McLeod. I assure you he will be much funnier, and much more capable of laying the smack down to nasty e-mailers!
Enjoy!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

11-19 BUGS vs. MEMPHIS (L, 2-1)

COMPLAINING ABOUT THE REFS???? TIME TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR
Ok, I expected to wake up this morning and have a few e-mails railing a few things: The Mudbugs' lack of discipline, the total ineptitude on offense or the fact the coach didn't talk. What I did find were e-mails about the referees.
Folks, the Mudbugs spent almost the ENTIRE third period on the power plays. In FIVE power-play chances, the Mudbugs racked up THREE, yes THREE shots on goal.
Kenny Goetz likely deserved to get booted, especially after Chris Brassard was earlier in the game, but it's not the extra minute on the power play (Goetz was given 4) was going to make a difference last night.
I know the Bossier-Shreveport faithful have a repuation for finding every excuse in the book after losses, but it's time to see things for what they are. Right now, from the coach to the backup goaltender, this is an extremely inconsistent and frustrated hockey team. And it shows.
TIME: 11:03 a.m.


THE BAD, THE UGLY AND THE UGLIER
The Mudbugs were shorthanded, but were given every opportunity to win Saturday. They failed to cash in on five late power plays, generating just 3 shots on goal, while losing to Memphis 2-1. The win brings Memphis right into the picture in the Northeast Division while the Mudbugs are left scratching their heads.
TIME: 10:44 p.m.

SHAW CARRIED OFF THE ICE
Chris Shaw became yet another injured Mudbug early in the third period and was carried off the ice. Shaw was not near the puck and blindsided by Memphis tough guy Kenny Goetz, who received a double minor for high sticking.
Bossier-Shreveport is now playing with 12 skaters.
TIME: 9:13 p.m.

GOAL LIGHT MYSTERIOUSLY ILLUMINATED
When Chad Spurr clanged one off the crossbar late in the second period, the goal light came on, but play continued until the referee was forced to stop play when plastic mudbugs littered the ice.
Folks, the puck clearly DID NOT enter the net. And, no, the goal judge's name is NOT Rufus.
More importantly, the Mudbugs are being outplayed and trail 2-1 at the end of two periods. This does not look like a team happy to be home after three weeks. Bossier-Shreveport was outshot 22-11 in the second period.
TIME: 8:44 p.m.

Guy St. Hollywood?
Memphis goaltender Guy St. Vincent has spent more time on the ice "writhing in pain" than he has on his skates between the pipes. Is this an audition for his next career in Tinseltown?
TIME: 8:27 p.m.

BUGS NOW PLAYING WITH SEVEN FORWARDS
With Jason Campbell and Scott Sheppard already out of the lineup due to injury, the Bugs could not afford to lose another player -- especially a forward. But thanks to Brassard's ejection, Bossier-Shreveport is now playing with seven players up front.
TIME: 8:25 p.m.

BRASSARD EJECTED FOR SLASHING MEMPHIS GOALIE
Well, I said he's stand out tonight. He did.
Mudbugs veteran forward Chris Brassard, who collected an assist early in the first period, was ejected for a slash against Memphis goaltender Guy St. Vincent. Referee Tudor Floru, who was skating away from St. Vincent at the time of the incident, missed the slash St. Vincent layed on Brassard as he was skating out from behind the net.
Both players should have been penalized and a game misconduct was puzzling.
TIME: 8:15 p.m.

MEMPHIS TIES GAME
Thanks to one of the best no-look passes you'll ever see from Travis Banga, Ryan Watson helped Memphis tie the game at 1 just 22 seconds into their first power-play opportunity.
TIME: 7:33 p.m.

PARSONS BACK IN??
Credit to Greg Rajan for referencing Lethal Weapon 2 and Mel Gibson's ability to put his shoulder back in socket, but Don Parsons is back on the ice just minutes after appearing to suffer a bad shoulder injury.
Good to see.
TIME: 7:29 p.m.

PARSONS LEAVES GAME; SHEPPARD A SCRATCH
Memphis superstar Don Parsons appeared to suffer a serious right shoulder injury early in the game Saturday. Mudbugs leading goal scorer Scott Sheppard was a pre-game scratch tonight.
TIME: 7:22 p.m.

SMITH A SPECIALIST
Brett Smith, who leads the Central Hockey League with 4 short-handed goals, scored a power-play goal early Saturday as the Mudbugs take a 1-0 lead.
TIME: 7:17 p.m.

SHAW, GOETZ TANGLE 22 SECONDS IN
Chris Shaw and Kenny Goetz went toe-to-toe just after the opening faceoff in a long, entertaining bout. Give the slight, and I mean slight edge to Shaw, who landed a few blows.
TIME: 7:09 p.m.

I DON'T CLAIM TO BE ABLE TO PREDICT THE FUTURE ...
But I just have a feeling Mudbugs veteran Chris Brassard will not end the evening with the goose egg in the goals column. Look for No. 14 to appear on the scoresheet and the 3-stars list.
TIME: 6:52 p.m.

CACCIOLA GETS THRID STRAIGHT START
Rookie David Cacciola will make another start in net for the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs tonight. He is 2-0 in his first two professional starts.
Guy St. Vincent will begin the evening in the pipes for Memphis.
TIME: 6:50 p.m.

BACK HOME AGAIN IN LOUIS-I-AN-A
The Mudbugs return to the friendly confines of the CenturyTel Center tonight to face the RiverKings for the fifth time this season. Memphis is coming off a big victory Friday night against the Fort Worth Brahmas.

Friday, November 18, 2005

11-18 BUGS at WICHITA (W, 4-3 in shootout)

ROAD TRIP ENDS UP JUST FINE
With the shootout victory against Wichita, the Mudbugs concluded their three-week, eight-game road swing at 4-4. Two victories sandwiched a four-game losing streak. The victory was made even sweeter with a comeback from 2-0. Defensemen Quade Lightbody and Jason Basile scored and the Thunder was handed its first loss of any type at home.
Rookie David Cacciola got his second win in net.

BUGS' ROAD TRIP WILL FINALLY END
Willie Nelson has been playing over and over in the minds of the Mudbugs. Finally the cast from Wizard of Oz will take over.
Saturday we can say "You're not in Kansas anymore" and "There's no place like home."
The cool thing about this 12-year roadie is that the Mudbugs could own the only unblemished home record if they win tonight in WIchita. OK, so it's only 3-0 at the CTC, but still.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

11-15 BUGS at MEMPHIS (W, 6-3)

BUGS BREAK FOUR-GAME SLIDE WITH 6-3 WIN
Chad Spurr added an empty-net goal as the Mudbugs completed a 6-3 victory Tuesday afternoon at the DeSoto Civic Center. David Cacciola -- making his first professional start -- became the fourth goaltender to win a game for the Mudbugs this season. Dan Wildfong and Scott Sheppard scored twice while Ryan Manitowich and Chad Spurr added the others.
Check back to shreveporttimes.com for audio from the Mudbugs this afternoon.
TIME: 12:36 p.m.


MANITOWICH SCORES HUGE SHORTHANDED GOAL!
Ryan Manitowich may have sealed a victory Tuesday afternoon with a short-handed goal late in the third period to give the Mudbugs a 5-3 lead.
TIME: 12:23

BIG KILL
With Dan Wildfong in the box just 38 seconds into the final period, the Mudbugs killed off the Memphis power play to keep the 4-3 lead.
TIME: 12:03 p.m.

BIG THIRD PERIOD AHEAD
Now that I have a moment to breathe, I have to say, this third period is a biggie for the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. They have rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take the lead. After losing four in a row, this is a must-hold lead. And one point is not enough, two will be needed to help right the ship.
The offense should get a jolt of confidence from Tuesday's performance, despite the lack of flow thanks to the penalties. But four goals will not be enough to win this game. I'm thinking more like 5 or six, so there will be no room for "playing with the lead." The Mudbugs must stay aggressive.
TIME: 11:47 a.m.

MANNING REGISTERS 600TH POINT
Blair Manning's assist on Wildfong's go-ahead goal gives the veteran 600 points for his career.
TIME: 11:38 a.m.

WILDFONG GIVES BUGS LEAD
Dan Wildfong scored his SECOND even-strength goal to give Bossier-Shreveport a 4-3 lead. Could this be another multigoal lead blown by the RiverKings.
TIME: 11:37 a.m.

I'M BORED
Thankfully there are goals being scored, because the stoppages are truly ruining this game. One other thing, the teams have scored six goals, but it's not completely reflective of great offenses, just a lot of play on special teams.
TIME: 11:33 a.m.

BIG SAVE BY CACCIOLA
Derek Landmesser, free on a break from the penalty box, was stopped by David Cacciola. The save was huge, and keeps the temporary momentum with Bossier-Shreveport.
TIME: 11:20 a.m.

SHEPPARD TIES IT!
Another power-play goal, this time by the Mudbugs, on a 5-on-3, ties the score at 3. Weird, weird game in Memphis.
TIME: 11:18 a.m.

WILDFONG ANSWERS 11 SECONDS LATER
Dan Wildfong and Scott Sheppard manufactured a 2-on-1 and pulled the Mudbugs within 3-2, just 11 seconds after Memphis took the 3-1 lead. Now, the Mudbugs go on another power play. Is this what the Bugs needed as a spark?
TIME: 11:15 a.m.

BLAST -- ON THE POWER PLAY -- GIVES MEMPHIS THE LEAD
A big slap shot by Ryan Watson gives Memphis a 3-1 lead. Couldn't tell if Mudbugs netminder David Cacciola
was screened.
TIME: 11:13 a.m.

MEMPHIS TAKES LEAD WITH, YES, A POWER-PLAY GOAL
The Mudbugs had their chances on the power play and scored one goal. Memphis scored its second tally with the man-advantage to take a 2-1 lead early in the second period.
TIME: 11:07 a.m.

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
The Mudbugs ended their scoring drought with Scott Sheppard's first-period goal on the power play, but they played the first five minutes with at least a one-man advantage. One goal probably wasn't enough. Memphis answered with a power-play goal of its own later in the period.
The Mudbugs outshot Memphis 21-9 but it was difficult to determine who controlled the flow, BECAUSE THERE WASN'T ANY!!!
TIME: 10:59 a.m.

A DISASTROUS FIRST PERIOD FOR THE SPORT OF HOCKEY
The Mudbugs and RiverKings didn't play more than four minutes without a penalty call in Tuesday morning's first period. 18 minor penalties AND 15 POWER PLAYS!!!!!
TIME: 10:46 a.m.

WOW, THIS IS FUN ... NOT
I really love watching hockey when the play is stopped every five seconds. We have now seen 3-on-3 hockey. Note to league: this is a joke. And in front of the kids, too. Too bad.
TIME: 10:39 a.m.

A LESSON IN RAISING YOUR RIGHT ARM
Referee Keith Kaval has called a handful of penalties -- 10 to be exact -- in the first period at Memphis. Clearly, the kids understand what the guy with the orange stripes does. He stops the flow of the game.
TIME: 10:31 a.m.

SHEPPARD SCORES!!
Scott Sheppard banked a shot off of Memphis goaltender Guy St. Vincent to open the scoring Tuesday morning against Memphis. The Mudbugs better be ready to go on the penalty kill.
TIME: 10:17 a.m.

BUGS MISS ON FOUR DIFFERENT POWER PLAYS
A 5-on-4, 4-on-3, 5-3 and a 5-4 go by the boards for the Mudbugs early in the hockey game. Another 5-on-4 is on its way though.
TIME: 10:14 a.m.

POOF, ITS MAGIC.
Supposedly back working.
TIME: 10:10 a.m.

ANYONE EXPERIENCING TROUBLE WITH CHLTV?
Looks like a dead link to me.
TIME: 10:08 a.m.
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs ended their scoring drought in the first period with Scott Sheppard's first-period goal, however they played the first five minutes on the power play and likely should have scored more than once.
Now, Memphis will begin the second period with a 5-on-3 for more than 1 minute and have all but 16 seconds remaining on the second penalty to Brett Smith.
TIME: 10:54 a.m.

CACCIOLA GETS FIRST START
David Cacciola, the 23-year-old netiminder, will become the fourth different player to start between the pipes for the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. Cacciola, fresh off his move from the AHL, gets the nod against the Memphis RiverKings in today's Kids Day game.
TIME: 9:22 a.m.

APOLOGIES TO KEVIN WALDROP
Of course Kevin wouldn't drink pink drinks. It was FORMER Booster Club president Brad Dennis. Someone commented that they would think the beat writer would know who the president of the Booster Club was. Why is that? It's not like my signature is needed for the approval for the president.
Anyhow, to set the record straight, KEVIN was drinking manly beverages.
Check back for the Game Blog for the afternoon tilt with the RiverKings!!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

11-12 BUGS at FORT WORTH (L, 2-0)

BUGS LOSE 2-0
Another loss by Bossier-Shreveport tonight. I'm on my way back to Shreveport and will update the blog for you folks who get up early. Talked to head coach Scott Muscutt, who was very upbeat after the loss to Fort Worth. He believes a breakout is on the horizon.
TIME: 10:53 p.m.

REFEREE LIKE IT'S 1999
Steve Cruickshank is calling this game like it's last season. Clearly, he didn't get the league memo on the idea to reduce clutching and grabbing. Like always, he's calling a fair game, but this is definitely not the style the Central Hockey League had in mind for this season. The teams have combined for 34 shots in the first two periods.
TIME: 9:14 p.m.

BRAHMAS SHOOT THEIR WAY TO ANOTHER GOAL
Cory Stillman deflected a Matt Coughlin shot past Andrew Martin and the Brahmas have taken a 2-0 lead. The goal is Fort Worth's second off a deflection. Andrew Martin has stopped every shot he's actually seen so far tonight.
See what happens when you put the puck toward the net?
TIME: 9:04 p.m.

BUGS COME OUT STRONG IN THE 2ND
Bossier-Shreveport spent much of the first period in its own zone, and watched Fort Worth take a 1-0 lead. To start the second period, the Mudbugs had some jump and have yet to allow a shot on goal to Fort Worth in the first 6 minutes of the middle period.
TIME: 8:47 p.m.

BRAHMAS OPEN THE SCORING
David Silverstone, who scored twice in the last meeting here, scored the first goal of Saturday's contest on a deflection.
TIME: 7:57 p.m.

TECH GAME DELAYS MUDBUGS RADIO
Louisiana Tech and Idaho are going on a four-hour game, therefore the Mudbugs game is not on the radio yet.
TIME: 7:52 p.m.

HUGE CROWD AT FORT WORTH
The Fort Worth Convention Center is packed as the Mudbugs and Brahmas drop the puck at 7:45 p.m.

HE HAS ARRIVED!!!The Mudbugs have been waiting for this kid, well now he's here. David Cacciola arrived in Fort Worth on Saturday to become a member of the Mudbugs. The Massachusetts goaltender is expected to compete for the backup spot in goal behind Ken Carroll.
Cacciola, 23, would have been here earlier, but he was nabbed by the New Jersey Devils and sent to Albany of the AHL after an injury to Martin Brodeur sent ripple effects through the Devils organization.
Andrew Martin will make his second straight start in net for the Mudbugs.
TIME: 6:50 p.m.

MUDBUGS BOOSTER CLUB PRESIDENT LOVES PINK
Brad Dennis was last seen at Mi Cocina drinking a pink beverage of some kind moments before the Mudbugs game with Fort Worth
TIME: 6:41 p.m.

Friday, November 11, 2005

11-11 BUGS at MEMPHIS (L, 3-1)

SOME DECLINING NUMBERS
After beginning the season with four of five games in which they totaled more than 40 shots on goal, the Mudbugs haven't seen 40 since. In fact, Bossier-Shreveport is averaging UNDER 30 shots in the past four contests. As you can imagine, goal production is down as well.
The Mudbugs were held under three goals for the first time all season and have scored just seven in the past three games -- all loses. You don't shoot, you don't score.
TIME: 12:30 a.m.

THROW OUT THE RECORDS
For starters, it's early in the season, so Memphis' 2-4 record shouldn't have meant much. Plus, the Mudbugs are experiencing a bit of an identity crisis after blazing to a 5-0-1 record. Add on the fact the RiverKings and the Mudbugs don't really like each other. So, it comes as no surprise that Memphis -- and that darn Don Parsons -- came away with a 3-1 victory.
The Mudbugs' penalty kill unit was strong, but watched as Parsons scored with less than four minutes remaining on the power play. Goaltender Andrew Martin seemed to play well, allowing just two goals.
So it's on to Fort Worth, where first place in the Northeast Division is on the line Saturday. Don't look now, but Youngstown is breathing down the Brahmas' and Mudbugs' neck.
TIME: 11:49 p.m.

GOALTENDER ROULETTE
Bossier-Shreveport(5-2-1) heads to the DeSoto Civic Center this evening for a matchup with Northeast Division rival Memphis. Andrew Martin will be in goal for the Mudbugs, who are without Ken Carroll. Bossier-Shreveport signed former Laredo goaltender Chad Davis as the backup.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

11-5 BUGS at WICHITA (L, 4-3)

WELL IT STARTED OUT AS A GOOD WEEKEND
After Wednesday's demolition of Colorado, many teal and purple faithful had the Mudbugs going 63-0-1. Well, the Bugs went from owning the best record in the league to being No. 3 in the Northern Conference AND in their division (Wichita and Fort Worth have a better winning percentage). The No. 1 penalty-kill unit took a big hit as well.
Can we take a time machine back to Wednesday?
TIME: 9:43 p.m.

HEY, DID ANYONE NOTICE THE THUNDER CAN SCORE ON THE POWER PLAY?
4 for 11. That's what Wichita is on the power play after Travis Clayton's tally in the third. No complaints from Mudbugs fans either, their team has had more chances. I'm guessing the word "discipline" might come up in head coach Scott Muscutt's postgame speech. Likely preceeded by a expletive or two.
TIME: 9:24 p.m.

THUNDER SCORES THIRD POWER-PLAY TALLY
Said earlier it would be a long night if the Bugs gave up a lot of power-play chances. It's holding true.
TIME: 8:54 p.m.

STAT OF THE CENTURY!!
Late in the second period, there have been more penalties called (22) than shots on goal (21). This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of.
TIME: 8:29 p.m.

TURNABOUT IS FAIR PLAY
Wichita tied the score, on the power play -- shocker. After Jason Duda scored, Chad Spurr jacked him in the mouth to give the Thunder another power-play chance.
I think I'm going to write the CHL a letter.
TIME: 8:23 p.m.

BUGS TAKE LEAD
Sooner or later, the penalties had to jump up and bite the Thunder. Finally, it did midway through the second period when Dan Wildfong gave his team a 2-1 lead on the power-play -- its fifth of the period.
TIME: 8:19 p.m.

OK, THERE YOU GO!! THAT'S MORE LIKE IT!
Mr. DePuydt made up for his lack of penalty calls early on by handing out three minors in nine seconds.
TIME: 8:10 p.m.

3:51? What took you so long?
DePuydt waited 3 minutes and 51 seconds to call a penalty in the second period. Actually, it's humorous, I'm not complaining. We knew this is the way the beginning of the season would go.
TIME: 8:08 p.m.

GO CANES!! Oh, sorry.
Texas football fans -- I'm not one -- will be happy to know the Miami Hurricanes, with starting QB and RB out, are beating Virginia Tech 10-0 at Blacksburg. Go Canes!
TIME: 7:50 p.m.

TOO QUICK TO POST; MAKE THAT 11
I knew I should have let the final minute tick off the clock before the prior post. Dale Lupul took a tripping penalty with 35 seconds left in the first period.
TIME: 7:41 p.m.

DEPUYDT MAKES A STATEMENT; 10 MINOR PENALTIES IN FIRST PERIOD?
This isn't a complaint, just a fact. Paul DePuydt is calling it like he sees it, and like the Central Hockey League has said the referees would. The Mudbugs need to take advantage of their power-play chances, like they have most of the season.
TIME: 7:39 p.m.

SAW THIS COMING!
Ken Carroll can't stand on his head all night. Or at least the Mudbugs shouldn't ask him to. Joe Blaznek scored a power-play tally midway through the first period to tie the game at 1. The Thunder have enjoyed five power plays in the first 12 minutes of the game.
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

PENALTIES MUST STOP
If the Mudbugs continue to give Wichita these power plays, it's going to get ugly tonight. If you remember back to the Northern Conference semis last season, Wichita's ability to score with the man-advantage was likely their biggest threat.
TIME: 7:28 p.m.

TEAMS WASTE 5-on-3 OPPORTUNITIES
Seems like Saturday could be a battle of special teams -- not too surprising considering the history of these two teams. Both the Mudbugs and the Thunder have already failed to score on 5-on-3 chances.
TIME: 7:22 p.m.

LUPUL SCORES FIRST PRO GOAL!
Rookie defenseman returned to the scene of his debut for the Mudbugs -- then as an amateur -- to score his first goal as a professional. Lupul scored just 1:04 into Saturday's game against the Wichita Thunder to give Bossier-Shreveport a 1-0 lead.
This is exactly the start the Mudbugs needed after the tough loss last night in Colorado.
TIME: 7:13 p.m.

MUDBUGS LOOK FOR 4-OF-6
Tonight's game is pretty significant. The Mudbugs have a chance to collect 4 out of 6 points in a three-game series with Wichita and Colorado, the Northern Conference finalists from last season. A loss tonight takes most, if not all, of the joy away from Wednesday's 6-1 romp over the Eagles.
Goaltender Ken Carroll will make his third start in three games for Bossier-Shreveport.

11-4 BUGS at COLORADO (L, 5-3)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

11-2 BUGS at COLORADO (W, 6-1)

WILL MICHAEL BUFFER BE INVITED FRIDAY NIGHT?

I have to admit, I am completely shocked at the way the Mudbugs drove the Eagles into the ground tonight. Let's remember, this was a 1-1 game in the third, and the Mudbugs were privy to a couple of sweet bounces. However, once the flood gates opened, the Eagles just sat back and did absolutely nothing.

Until, of course there was one minute remaining. Then, clearly it's time to prove that you're a good team. Well, the end of Wednesday's contest could mean that a couple of Ealges won't be around for Friday's rematch.

Chris Hartsburg is likely to watch the game from the stands after his hit from behind on Chris Shaw. Fraser Filipic and Les Borsheim may want to check the Caller ID for an Arizona area code before answering their phones as well.

The Mudbugs were ultra-impressive in victory, but remember this is just two points. I just hung up the phone with Scott Sheppard, who collected the team's third, YES THIRD, hat trick of the season tonight.

He said he wasn't surprised Colorado tried to goon it up late, but made it a point to say that Wednesday's big win does't mean much if the Mudbugs don't come out with the same intensity Friday.

Colorado was embarrased at home, suffering their worst loss ever, and they will be looking for two points, not a gong show. There was one curious Mudbugs fan worried about the safety of this team Friday. They are grown men and "statements" are made throughout the Central Hockey League and every other hockey league in existence.

The CHL brass will likely have a couple of eyes, if not bodies, watching the events Friday, so I don't expect there to be anything out of the norm. Now granted, the norm for hockey -- especially the Eagles -- can be very rough.

TIME: 11:51 p.m.

MUDBUGS MANHANDLE EAGLES

Scott Sheppard became the third Bossier-Shreveport Mudbug to record a hat trick in this young season as the Mudbugs pummelled Colorado 6-1.

TIME: 10:37 p.m.

WORST QUOTE FROM A BROADCASTER ... AND THE NOMINEES ARE

Colorado's announcer, with the Eagles trailing 5-1 in the third, said "the Mudbugs may win this game, but Fraser Filipic just won this fight."

Dude, you think Filipic really cares he won the fight????

TIME: 10:18 p.m.

MUSCUTT'S RETURN TO BENCH DELAYED

Scott Muscutt was not on the bench Wednesday. Didn't want to post anything without knowing the reason for his return to Shreveport, but no word yet other than it was due to a issue within the Mudbugs family. We can only hope and pray all is OK.

TIME: 9:14 p.m.

NEW ERA OF CHL SHOWCASED IN COLORADO

The Mudbugs and the Eagles played a great first period of hockey Wednesday. The action never stopped in the 1-1 game and it was clean for the most part, including good hits, good rushes and good goaltending.

Colorado outshot the Mudbugs 10-7.

TIME: 8:44 p.m.

TEAMS TALLY EARLY GOALS

Scott Sheppard put the Mudbugs up 1-0 less than two minutes in, but Colorado countered 27 seconds later.

TIME: 8:28 p.m.

MY TAKE ON THE JEFF BLAIR TRADE

Much has been said about Jeff Blair and why he went to Colorado, what the Mudbugs got for him and so on. Here are my thoughts.

Jeff Blair, in the eyes of Mudbugs fans, players and coaches, was a trendous 1-B goaltender. The numbers he put together in 2003-04 were downright sick. He took an incredible workload off Ken Carroll, and that made both goaltenders better.

Blair did have a deal worked out prior to the season, but when the Mudbugs and Muscutt saw the opportunity to garner an NHL affiliation, a backup goaltender became expendable -- no matter how good he was, he wasn't going to take Carroll's spot.

Did Blair get screwed? Yes, but I think the Mudbugs made a gut decision because of promises made to them.

HOWEVER, Muscutt is looking a bit bad on the trade to Colorado because, as far as I can tell, Bossier-Shreveoport hasn't received diddly. Nothing against Chris Shaw, but he's shown me zippo so far. Do the Mudbugs need a physical presence on this team? Yes. Is Shaw the answer? I hope not. He's a servicable defenseman who was getting CUT by Colorado.

Now the Bugs turn around and give the Eagles Blair, who will likely play a lot with youngster Paulo Colaiacovo. That immediately puts the Eagles in the juciy situation they were last year and where the Bugs were the past two seasons -- having two wonderful goaltenders.

Maybe Muscutt never thought Blair was going to sign in Colorado? But to give your top competition a player of Blair's caliber is questionable. Would the New York Yankees trade ANYONE to the Boston Red Sox to help them? UMM NO. A certain guy named Babe Ruth tells the story there.

That being said, I think it's great from a personal point of view that Muscutt allowed Blair to get the best job possible.

Chris Stewart, the coach for Colorado, said it best on the audio interview on our web site. "These guys don't get paid enough to prevent them from going somewhere."

Still, Stewart was surprised to get Blair for "nothing."

And anyone who thinks Blair didn't report to the Eagles to avoid these two games with the Mudbugs is out of their mind. I'd much rather start in my own building than possibly play for the first time against the Mudbugs at the CenturyTel Center. That's just common sense.

The bigger story is likely the lack of action from Bossier-Shreveport's "affiliates." Jason Rent, the Bugs GM, and Muscutt have told me repeatedly they have expected talent here by now. If anyone is blowing smoke, it's not from this end. The Mudbugs organization honestly believed prospects would be in town.

They better, soon, because I can't imagine the fee to have an NHL affiliate is cheap.

TIME: 7:27 p.m.
Any comments, as always, can be e-mailed to rflang@gannett.com

BUGS DIG DEEP INTO FOREIGN TERRITORY ONCE AGAIN

The Mudbugs waived forward Milan Vodrazka and signed Martin Stuchlik, a 23-year-old winger from the Czech Republic.

The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder played collegiately at Alaska-Anchorage. After scoring just four goals in his first 56 games at UAA, he scored 12 during his 34-game senior season.

Stuchlik was in the camp of the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) prior to this season, but was cut.

Stuchlik will wear No. 28.

Vodrazka went pointless in five game, but did record a minus-2 rating.

TIME: 6:33 p.m.

GAME APPROACHES/CARROLL NAMED GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH

The Mudbugs begin a two-game series against the Colorado Eagles in less than two hours. Just before the game began, Ken Carroll was named the Goaltender of the Month in the Central Hockey League.

The All-Star was rock solid in net for three October contests and turned aside 83 of 87 shots faced to post a record of 2-0-1. His best outing came Oct. 28th against Austin, where he made 27 saves to record his 16th career CHL shutout, which ranks third all-time.

His two victories on the season give him a career total of 103, tied for ninth place all-time. A three time CHL All-Star, the native of Oil City, Ontario has recorded at least 24 wins per year in each of his four seasons with Bossier-Shreveport.