Thursday, December 29, 2005

12-29 BUGS vs. OKLAHOMA CITY (SOL, 4-3)

Blazers Win 4-3 In Shootout

Here are the results of the shootout.

Oklahoma City:
Mike Lukajic - Blazing wrister glove side - Goal
Jared Dumba - Came from the left with a backhand - No Goal
Garrett Prosofsky - Stick side backhand - No Goal
Kahlil Thomas - Five hole wrist shot - No Goal
Michel Beausoleil (Oh no, not him) - Tried to sneak one in low stick side - No Goal
Marty Standish - Five Hole - No Goal
Ryan Johnston - a wrister glove side that seemed to fool Carroll - No Goal
Tim Earl - Glove Side wrister that handcuffed Carroll - Winning Goal

Jason Basile - Slap Shot five hole - No Goal
Ryan Manitowich - Tried to go backhand, poked away by Connors - No Goal
Chad Spurr - Same move as Manitowich - No Goal
Chris Brassard - Same move as Manitowich - No Goal
Dan (Birthday guy) Wildfong - Five hole - Birthday Goal
Jason Campbell - High shot glove side - No goal
Brett Smith - Forehand stick side - No Goal
Blair Manning - 5 hole blocked by the pads - No Goal

On that note I am out.

Everyone have a very safe and joyous New Year. We'll be back with you on the 3rd when the Mudbugs host the Youngstown Steelhounds.

TIME - 10:09 PM

Overtime In The Swamp

The shots are 49-32 in favor of the Mudbugs but the only numbers that matter are the scores and we are tied 3-3 going into overtime.

TIME - 9:50m PM

Brett Smith Gets The Hat Trick

The Gordie Howe hat trick that is (fight, goal and assist in the same game). Smith scored his 14th goal earlier in the period and added his 7th assist in the second. With 10:57 left in the third, Smith put a beating on Marty Standish, the resident tough guy for Oklahoma City (now that Tyler Fleck is sitting at home for the next ten games thinking about what he did to Travis Clayton).

Earlier in the year Smith's father bought him a big screen TV for his first professional hat trick, maybe his pop can chip in with an X-Box 360 for this one.

TIME - 9:34 PM

Mudbugs Take The Lead

Brett Smith adds to his bid for an All Star birth with his 14th goal of the season off of assists by Blair Manning and Chris Brassard to put the Bugs up by one with 17:59 to play. The goal was a power play tally so the Mudbug power play percentage will stop dropping faster than Nicole Richie's fifteen minutes in the spotlight.

Things are getting testy on the ice in the third as Michel Beausoleil just took a two minute minor for high sticking with 12:18 left in the period. Just to make my life hell by having to spell his last name over and over again, Beausoleil puts one top shelf stick side from just inside the blue line to tie the game at three. He had been out of the sin bin a total of 12 seconds to tally his 10th goal of the season. Hopefully I won't have to write his name any more tonight. (Enter crossed fingers instant messenger icon here please).

TIME - 9:25 PM

Second Period Recap

Mudbug Captain and birthday boy Dan Wildfong got into a bit of a tussle with Blazer defenseman kahili Thomas near the end of the second period. The only shots landed were by Wildfong so I guess the victory goes to him even though none of the shots did any damage

The Mudbugs lead the Blazers in shots 34-16 and both teams are 0-4 on the powerplay. How does this play out in the third period? If previous stats are any indication, the Mudbugs are 1-0-0 when tied after two periods at home while the Blazers are 1-0-0 when tied after two periods on the road so something has to give. Overall the Mudbugs are 2-2-0 when tied after two. The Mudbugs have outscored their opponents by 11 goals in the third frame whereas the Blazers have outscored their opponents by 9 goals. I guess those stats don't help us much at all. Stay tuned.

TIME - 9:11 PM

Jeremy Downs Scores His First Professional Goal

Downs, the rookie from Newfield, New York by way of Cornell University scores his first professional goal off of a redirected shot from Brett Smith that went off of his lower leg and into the goal (that might be the worst sentence ever written, I am sure my father, a former English teacher will help me with it if Mr. Rajan does not do so first). Blair Manning received the other helper on the goal that tied the game at 2-2. So far tonight half of Mudbug blue liners have scored which does not bode well for this blogger who would really like to go to Sonic after the game for a Cherry Limeade that is awarded to all fans in attendance when the Mudbugs score five goals.

I guess while I am wishing for things I might as well wish for a pony.

I wonder how Roy's visit with Steve Spurrier is going so far? Roy, get me an autograph that says "Thanks for the memories Montana, go Cocks. Love, Head Ball Coach". Thanks buddy.

TIME - 8:40 PM
First Period Recap

Shane Palahicky was back on the ice at the end of the period so that is good news for the Mudbugs. The Mudbugs outshot the Blazers 19-8 during the first period, but trail 2-1 to begin the second after a shorthanded goal by Gio Flamminio (which is going to be the name of my Fantasy Baseball team this year if some automotive maker doesn't steal the name for a 2006 model). Jared Dumba score an even strength goal with 6:50 left in the first to give the Blazers the lead.

The Mudbugs were 0-4 during the first period on the power play, including one minute of a two man advantage). The Blazers were 0-3 with the man advantage. So far we have only seen the two blue line pairing of Chad Kemp with Jeremy Downs and Jason Basile with Quade Lightbody. We will see if Coach Scott Muscutt gets some fresh bodies on the D line with only four healthy skaters.

TIME - 8:17 PM

A Goal And A "Dangle"

Jason Basile scores his fourth goal of the year off of assists from Jason Campbell and Chris Brassard to put the Mudbugs in the lead at 14:58 of the first period. It seems somewhat appropriate that a player with the nickname of Blaze (Basile) would start the scoring tonight with an even strength goal.

Legendary hockey broadcaster and hockey ambassador Don Cherry used to talk about guys who had "dangle". These were the skaters that would explode through the neutral zone with the puck and leave opponents in their wake. I think it is safe to say that Ryan Manitowich has "Dangle". Manitowich, the native of Calgary, Alberta, seems to get at least two rushes to the net every game. Dangle on Manwich. Dangle on.

TIME - 7:35 PM

A penalty on the Walrus

Apparently head coach Doug Sauter forgot that six players needed to be on the starting line up card turned into the official scorer prior to the start of the game.

One minute into the first period at the first stoppage of play, referee Keith Kaval approached the scorers table and received the news and sent Justin Chwendoruk to the bench for two minutes. The player that he did not check was Right Wing Michel Beausoleil. I find this humorous since he took the time to write his name on the line up card. Maybe he is just used to being a man down all the time (217 times on the penalty kill will do that to you) and forgot what it was like to have five skaters on the ice.

Shane Palahicky was just escorted to the dressing room after injuring what looks like a knee. He was placing no pressure on the leg as he left the ice and was taken to the back room to have it attended to. I will try to keep you updated on the injury.

TIME - 7:23pm

Who's House? Montana's House.

I'm baaaaaaaaaaack. Roy Lang is currently covering Independence Bowl activities for the Shreveport Times so I will be pitching in relief of RL3. Tonight’s opponent is the Oklahoma City Blazers. The Blazers are currently third in the tough Northwest Division with a 15-11-0 record that is good for 30 points. They are coming off of a 5-4 win over division opponents the Wichita Thunder that saw a combined 235 penalty minutes (177 in the third period and overtime alone).

The Mudbugs are coming off of a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Notheast Division rival Memphis. The Mudbugs currently lead their division by three points with a 12-10-2 record that is good for 26 points. The good news is that the Mudbugs have won the last three games on home ice. The bad news is that the Blazers have won the last three games away from The Ford Center. The teams also rank 1-2 in attendance with the Mudbugs averaging 5,533 (the Blazers have drawn an average of 7,871 this year).

Tonight’s game marks the 17th time these two have faced off. The Blazers hold a 9-4-3 advantage in the series and the Mudbugs lead the series in the CenturyTel Center with a 4-3-1 record.

Expect a physical game tonight as the Blazers are pacing the CHL with a very healthy 966 penalty minutes per game that includes 58 majors, 10 game misconducts, and the only match penalty this season that will keep Blazer Tyler Fleck off of the ice tonight).

The Mudbugs will be without the services of defensemen Craig Minard granted leave by the CHL on 12/28), Chris Shaw, and Dale Lupul (both injured) tonight. Ken Carroll (6-6-1 2.47 GAA) will be in goal to face the Blazers who will start Sean Connors who sports a 10-6 record with a 2.78 GAA.

TIME: 6:45 PM


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