Thursday, December 22, 2005

12-22 BUGS vs. WICHITA (W, 5-2)

Sorry for late update from Thursday ... big migraine hit!

BUGS FINISH STRONG AGAIN
I'm beginnnig to buy into Scott Muscutt's theory about the final score not meaning much. It's how you win or lose, because if the Mudbugs give the effort Muscutt wants -- the wins will happen more than losses in the long run.
Thursday night, the Mudbugs took it to the Thunder in the second and third periods, and while those were the "least exciting" periods of the game, they were definitely the most important.
The Bugs shut down, for once, the Joe Blaznek line.
The game was 5-2, and 5 goals is certainly more than average, but the Mudbugs had several opportunities they DIDN'T score on. That, not the 5 goals scored, was the most positive thing about Thursday's victory. You get that many scoring chances against a quality team like Wichita and it will be tough NOT to score five times.
At times, the blue line, is still a bit inconsistent. There were more turnovers in the Mudbugs' end than Muscutt would like, but credit David Cacciola for a strong finish Thursday. I believe it was his best performance. The Mudbugs are fortunate to have two capable backups (Andrew Martin is on IR) to Ken Carroll.
Things are clicking as the Mudbugs enter Memphis tonight. The Spurr-Manitowich-Palahicky line was unstoppable Thursday and they need to be the same tonight.

STILL 3-2 ABOUT TO BEGIN THE THIRD
This is a big period of hockey for both teams. The Mudbugs want to continue the winning while the Thunder look to end the two-game slide on the road.
TIME: 8:55 p.m.

SECOND PERIOD SETTLES DOWN
After an action-packed first period, the second period has been about defense. It's still 3-2.
TIME: 8:24 p.m.

BUGS NEED TO SCORE NEXT GOAL
The sixth goal of this hockey game will be crucial. If Wichita ties it up, you would have to think the momentum will be with the Thunder. If the Bugs can make it 4-2, look for a blowout.
TIME: 8:04 p.m.

FAST-PACED GAME 3-2 ALREADY
Tab Lardner tied the game at 1 before Chris Brassard gave the Mudbugs a 2-1 lead early in the first period. After Matt Hanson tied the game at 2, Shane Palahicky gave Bossier-Shreveport a 3-2 lead.
Wichita coach Mark French pulled goaltender Sebastien Laplante after the Mudbugs' third goal.
TIME: 7:34 p.m.

LUPUL VS. COGHLAN (draw)
Mudbugs rookie defenseman Dale Lupul went toe-to-toe early with Wichita center Ryan Coghlan. Lupul may have held a slight advantage, but no significant shots were landed either way.
TIME: 7:18 p.m.

BUGS SCORE EARLY
Looks like the team that scored 11 goals in 2 games could be on the ice at the CenturyTel Center. Chad Spurr scored off a beautiful centering pass from Ryan Manitowich just 44 seconds into the game against Wichita to take a 1-0 lead.
TIME: 7:14 p.m.

CACCIOLA IN NET FOR MUDBUGS
Ken Carroll will get his first night off in a month. The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs will start David Cacciola in net against the Wichita Thunder tonight. Cacciola is 2-1-1 with the Mudbugs with a 3.3 goals-against and a .870 save percentage.
Wichita will start Sebastien Laplante, who is 10-4-3.
TIME: 6:17 p.m.

WHO'S IT GONNA BE?
Which Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs team is going to show up? The team that scored 11 goals in its past 2 games or the one that scored 3 goals in the three games before the sweep of Fort Worth?
The Wichita Thunder, in addition to being a Northern Conference rival, have been a thorn in the side of the Mudbugs for two seasons. A victory tonight will give the Mudbugs plenty of momentum heading into Memphis on Friday.
The 5-0 win against Fort Worth was great, but it was the Brahmas -- winners of just 2 of their last 16 games. So, tonight is a much better test of where the Mudbugs currently stand. Not necessarily the final result, but the game against the Thunder -- assuming the Bugs give 100 percent -- will offer a gauge of where Bossier-Shreveport stacks up talent-wise.

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