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.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wichita isn't in our division, genius.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He didnt say Wichita was in our division. Illiterate genius

3:35 PM  

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