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.

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