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.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last night the Bugs dominated the whole game!

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We dominated the whole game and beat the best team in the league in their house. Go Bugs

1:37 PM  

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