Friday, December 16, 2005

12-16 BUGS vs. FORT WORTH (W, 6-5 in overtime)

WILDFONG SCORES IN OT
Mudbugs captain Dan Wildfong scored 42 seconds into overtime and the Mudbugs escape with a 6-5 victory.
TIME: 10:34 p.m.

LIGHTBODY TIES GAME
Mudbugs alternate captain and defenseman scored with 1:49 left to tie the game at 5.
TIME: 9:41 p.m.

BRAHMAS LEAD
With two goals in 58 seconds, the Fort Worth Brahmas have taken a 5-4 lead late in the third period at the CenturyTel Center. One of the most gut-wrenching choke jobs in Mudbugs history is in the works.
TIME: 9:32 p.m.

FORT WORTH STILL IN IT
Cory Stillman scored 17 seconds into the third period to pull the Brahmas within 4-3.
TIME: 9:13 p.m.

MORE QUICK TALLIES IN SECOND
The Mudbugs and Brahmas traded goals in a 12-second span late in the second period. Jason Campbell scored for Bossier-Shreveport to give the Mudbugs a 4-1 lead before Bret Dececco collected his 14th of the season to make it 4-2.
TIME: 8:36 p.m.

NOT DOING KEN CARROLL A FAVOR
Again, the shot keeper Friday night wasn't helping Mudbugs goaltender Ken Carroll. Maybe they figure they're doing the Mudbugs a favor by counting every shot that nears the opponents net, but being extremely stubborn concering the opponents' shot total. Not true, it's only a disservice to Ken Carroll, whose save percentage is hindered. Early in the second period, the Brahmas berated Carroll on a power play, but were credited with just two shots on goal.
TIME: 8:18 p.m.

BUGS OUTSHOOT FORT WORTH 14-2
Bossier-Shreveport had the first period they needed. The Mudbugs outshot Fort Worth 14-2 and lead 3-1. Fort Worth looks terrible.
TIME: 7:47 p.m.

CHICKETY CZECH
Martin Stuchlik, from Zlin, Czech Republic, gave the Mudbugs a 3-1 lead with laser slapper with 3 minutes left in the first period.
TIME: 7:41 p.m.

FAST AND THE FURIOUS
Eleven seconds after Fort Worth went on its first power play, Wes Mason scored to tie the game at 1. Just 14 seconds after that, Ryan Manitowich gave the Mudbugs the lead again when he deflected a Chad Spurr centering pass past Larry Sterling.
Mudbugs 2-1, 10 to go in first.
TIME: 7:25 p.m.

BUGS 0-1 on PP
The Mudbugs, who had been outshooting Fort Worth 6-0, went shotless on their first power play of the evening. Fort Worth did get one shot on Ken Carroll.
TIME: 7:19 p.m.

LIGHTBODY VS. COUGHLIN
Quade Lightbody was patient in his bout against Matt Coughlin, but eventually the Mudbugs alternate captain took it to Fort Worth’s defenseman and that brought the crowd to its feet in the game's first bout.
TIME: 7:17 p.m.

MINARD SCORES FROM BLUE LINE
Mudbugs defenseman Craig Minard scored on a soft shot/pass toward the front of the net as forward Jason Campbell screened goaltender Larry Sterling.
Bugs lead 1-0 with 17 to go in first.
TIME: 7:11 p.m.

ANOTHER POST
Mudbugs captain Dan Wildfong rang on off the post in the first minute of Friday's game against Fort Worth.
TIME: 7:07 p.m.

CARROLL IN NET
Mudbugs perennial All-Star Ken Carroll will start tonight against the Fort Worth Brahmas. Bossier-Shreveport (9-9-2) and Fort Worth (8-12-2) are fighting to get back to first place in the Northeast Division of the Central Hockey League.
Larry Sterling will start for the Brahmas.
TIME: 6:56 p.m.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
Through 20 games of the season, there are plenty of statistics to mull over. We'll just throw a few out there and let you decide what they mean.

THE GOOD?
The Mudbugs own a winning record within the Northeast Division.

THe Mudbugs rank No. 2 in attendance (5,673)

The Mudbugs have outscored their opponents 23-15 in the third period.

The Mudbugs have outshot their opponents in the first, second and third periods.

The Mudbugs have not lost a game in regulation when leading after two periods (5-0-2).

The Mudbugs have allowed the least amount of goals (60) in the league.

THE BAD?
Only one team (Rio Grande Valley, 0-2) has a losing record against the Northeast Division, not counting Northeast teams themselves of course.

Only four teams in the 15-team Central Hockey League have less points than the Mudbugs.

The Mudbugs do not have one player in the top 18 in scoring in the CHL.

Dale Lupul is riding an eight-game pointless streak.

Opponents are outperformaning the Mudbugs 20.8 percent to 13.4 percent on the power play AT THE CTC.

The Mudbugs have lost (2) more games then they've won (1) when leading after one period.

THe Mudbugs have only led after one period three times in 20 games.

The Mudbugs have lost 7 of 9 games (2-7) when trailing after two (The Mudbugs lost only seven games ALL OF LAST YEAR when trailing after two and compiled a 6-6-1 record.)

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