Friday, December 23, 2005

12-23 BUGS at MEMPHIS (L, 4-2)

AL SIMS HOOKS UP WITH AHL TEAM
Al Sims, the former coach of the Fort Worth Brahmas has been hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins to be an assistant coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton team in the American Hockey League.
I may not be that smart, but to me that seems like a step up, or at least a lateral move. The Penguins are the AHL's top team with a 24-3-2-1 record.

30 MINUTES NOT ENOUGH; MEMPHIS WINS 4-2
THe Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs controlled the final period and a half of this game, but the first 30 minutes -- and 3 Memphis goals -- equalled a loss for Bossier-Shreveport. The Mudbugs' three-game winning streak is over.
TIME: 9:20 p.m.

LATE PENALTY DOOMS BUGS?
Milan Vodrazka, who just minutes before scored his first pro goal, was called for a penalty with 3 minutes to go in the game.
TIME: 9:16 p.m.

MUDBUGS ALL OVER MEMPHIS
Bossier-Shreveport has the momentum, but it hasn't been able to get the tying goal just yet. There are still 3 minutes left.
TIME: 9:15 p.m.

VODRAZKA SCORES FIRST GOAL! 3-2 WITH 9 MINUTES REMAINING
Milan Vodrazka scored his first American professional goal to pull the Mudbugs within 2-1.
TIME: 9:05 p.m.

MUDBUGS LET CRUCIAL POWER PLAY SLIP AWAY
Bossier-Shreveport had a chance to get within one early in the third period when Kevin Harris took a holding penalty on Shane Palahicky. The Bugs were not able to capitilize. Still 3-1.
TIME: 8:59 p.m.

SHEPPARD SCORES TYING GOAL IN ROCHESTER
Scott Sheppard has one and and an assist tonight for the Rochester Americans. His goal tied the game against the Hamilton Bulldogs in the third period.
TIME: 8:57 p.m.

CAN MUDBUGS WIN WITHOUT 60-MINUTE EFFORT?
Bossier-Shreveport's game began at 8:15 p.m. -- too bad the first face-off was at 7:05 p.m. The Mudbugs trail 3-1 heading into the third with major concerns about the injury to rookie defenseman Dale Lupul.
TIME: 8:35 p.m.

PARSONS DELIVERS CRUSHING BLOW TO DALE LUPUL
Don Parsons leveled Mudbugs rookie defenseman Dale Lupul with what appeared to be a CLEAN shoulder check with just 48 seconds remaining in the second period. Lupul, who was carrying the puck and turned away from Parsons, was on the ice for a few minutes before skating off with the help of two teammates.
There was no argument from the Mudbugs. After watching the replay several times, I believe, in my humble opinion, the hit was clean. Will be interested to hear both teams' take.
TIME: 8:28 p.m.

WILDFONG GETS BUGS ON THE BOARD
Dan WIldfong scored from in front of the crease late in the second period to get the Mudbugs within 3-1.
TIME: 8:25 p.m.

MUDBUGS SHOW A SIGN OF LIFE
The line of Chad Spurr, Ryan Manitowich and Shane Palahicky shows the first sign of life for Bossier-Shreveport. The bad news: They didnt score and it didn't come until late in the SECOND PERIOD.
TIME: 8:20 p.m.

KINGS IN TOTAL CONTROL, UP 3-0
Newcomer Kevin Harris scored his first goal of the season on a delayed penalty 1"05 into the second period.
TIME: 7:57 p.m.

MEMPHIS UP 2-0 AFTER 1
The Mudbugs defense broke down late in the first period and the RiverKings were able to take a 2-0 lead when Ryan Campbell scored his 10th goal of the season all alone in front of Ken Carroll.
TIME: 7:31 p.m.

MUDBUGS GO ON POWER PLAY
Tonight will be test to see if the Mudbugs' power-play unit is getting back in the groove. Their first chance comes midway through the first period tonight with Memphis' earlier power-play tally the only score.
TIME: 7:26 p.m.

FORMER MUDBUG SIGNS WITH RIVERKINGS
Defenseman Derek McKinlay, who played for the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs during their last championship season, was signed by the Memphis RiverKings before Friday's game against the Mudbugs.
McKinlay spent the last two seasons with the Huntsville Havoc of the SPHL.
In 2000-01, McKinley recorded five goals and 15 assists in 48 regular-season games with the Mudbugs. He was pointless in three postseason efforts.
TIME: 7:22 p.m.

MEMPHIS SCORES EARLY POWER-PLAY GOAL
Darrell Stoddard scored to give the Memphis RiverKings a 1-0 lead 5:40 into Friday's game. The power-play goal came after a sweet centering dish from Travis Banga, who was behind the Mudbugs' net.
TIME: 7:15 p.m.

BUGS FACE CHL'S TOP POWER-PLAY UNTI FOR SECOND STRAIGHT NIGHT
After making the Wichita Thunder, then the Central Hockey League's best power-play unit, go 0-for-6 with the man-advantage, Bossier-Shreveport faces the RiverKings -- now the league's top power-play team.
Bossier-Shreveport successfully killed off Memphis' early power play.
TIME: 7:09 p.m.

WILDFONG TAKES PENALTY :26 IN
Dan WIldfong took a penalty in his CHL-high 20th straight game and the RiverKings have an early power play.
TIME: 7:07 p.m.

IT'S KEN CARROLL VS. GUY ST. VINCENT
The Mudbugs will send Ken Carroll between the posts while the RiverKings will play Guy St. Vincent.
TIME: 6:58 p.m.

MEMPHIS ALWAYS TOUGH HOSTS
The RiverKings are improving as the 2005-06 season rolls along and Mudbugs head coach Scott Muscutt says RiverKings coach Kevin McClelland is doing a great job. Memphis has made several moves lately, so expect a tougher squad tonight at the DeSoto Civic Center.

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