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.

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