Thursday, December 08, 2005

12-8 BUGS vs. COLORADO (L, 4-1)

IN SUMMARY (not for the faint of heart)
There is a big problem right now. Obviously, this team has some issues. That was completely evident when they threw in the towel after Colorado took a 2-1 lead, moments after the Bugs tied that game at 1 midway through the second period.
Granted, the goal by Ryan Tobler was huge, as the Mudbugs had just garnered all the momentum, but Bossier-Shreveport must be bigger than that. There have been worse goals scored against this team.
The shot board said the Mudbugs had a 37-23 advantage over Colorado (I call BS on that). That was in no way reflective of how the game played out. The Eagles had good chances all night, the Mudbugs didn't.
Someone must step up and hold this team accountable. Scott Muscutt may not want to be that guy right now. For the fourth time this season, Muscutt was not readily available for comment after a loss.
I understand things are tenuous, and the Mudbugs have been treading mediocre water for a month now, but it's in the job description. Plus, readers want to hear what he has to say. And it's league policy?
Back to the team. Many may forget, I don't, that in my preseason prediction column I predicted a rough start for this team. The hate mail came flying in about how much fire power the Mudbugs had. They do, or did before Scott Sheppard left, but the makeup was different, and the loss of Travis Bell was huge.
This team has to decide if it's going to adapt the wide-open style of play or play good old Mudbugs defensive hockey. The problem is their defense isn't good enough to rely on right now, therefore, the offense must begin to open it up on the other side.
Is it all gloom and doom? Heck no. The Mudbugs are still in first place, but this quality of hockey is not what this franchise is about and will not keep them on top of the Northeast Division. Thankfully they are in the Northeast, not the Northwest Division.
Frankly, Colorado is the class of the Central Hockey League. The Eagles are just better and I'm not sure the addition of Sheppard will make a difference. However, the Mudbugs have proved in the past they can stick with a more talented bunch come playoff time.
The only thing that will get this team out of it's funk right now is a spectacular performance, by the team OR an individual. Maybe it's going to take a bout in the clubhouse. Who knows, but SOMEONE must step it up.
TIME: 11:44 p.m.

THE BUGS JUST AREN'T GOOD RIGHT NOW
Bossier-Shreveport can't score on the power play, and can't stop anyone short-handed (Greg Pankewicz just added another PP tally).

4-1 Eagles -- turn out the lights.

TIME: 9:12 p.m

3-1 AT THE END OF TWO. MUDBUGS CAN'T ASK FOR MUCH MORE
Bossier-Shreveport owns a 8-2 power-play advantage, yet trails 3-1 heading into the third period of play. Head coach Scott Muscutt believed his special teams unit would show up big tonight.

Point blank -- THEY HAVEN'T.

TIME: 8:36 p.m.

MORE HARD WORK GIVES EAGLES 3-1 LEAD
Sean Robertson worked hard to get a rebound past Ken Carroll to give Colorado a 3-1 lead late in the second period here.

The almost-shorty has really changed the momentum in this game.

TIME: 8:26 p.m.

BUGS SCORE, COLORADO TAKES LEAD 30 SECONDS LATER
The Mudbugs finally scored on a 5-on-3 power play to tie the game at 1, but Colorado scored an unofficial short-handed goal (one second after Mudbugs' power play ended) to take a 2-1 lead.

TIME: 8:20 p.m.

5-on-3 CHANCE FOR BUGS
The Mudbugs had a two-man advantage early in the second but didn't get much in the way of scoring chances. Colorado is truly putting the clamps on a special teams unit that is struggling to find quality opportunities. Stil 1-0 Eagles.

TIME: 8:04 p.m.

CELEBRITIES ABOUND
The Times' most famous employee, "Hodges," is here at the CTC. There was nothing more surprising than to see the appearance in the press box. Can you say IHOP?

TIME: 7:50 p.m.

EAGLES UP 1-0 AFTER FIRST
Filipic's goal held up through the first period and the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs finally showed some signs of life at the end of the period. The Mudbugs have 1:37 left on a power play heading into the second period and they need to continue the momentum they garnered.

For the first 18 minutes of the first, the play was totally one-sided. Colorado is up 14-6 on the shot board.

TIME: 7:42 p.m.

COLORADO SCORES QUICKLY
Eagles forward Fraser Filipic scored just SIX seconds into Colorado's first power-play chance.
The Mudbugs just recorded their first shot on goal, 7:36 into the game.

This doesn't look good.

TIME: 7:19 p.m.

CAN I GET A SHOT PLEASE?
We're six minutes into the game and the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs have not recorded a shot on goal. Colorado has 8!

TIME: 7:16 p.m.

OK CROWD TONIGHT
The Mudbugs are competiting against the state football championships tonight, but I expected a little better crowd for the crucial matchup with Colorado. Looks like about 3,500, which would be the lowest of the season.

TIME: 7:14 p.m.

WELCOME BACK TO THE CTC KEN CARROLL
The crowd went crazy as goaltender Ken Carroll was introduced Thursday. They should, it's Carroll's first start in this building since OCTOBER 28.

TIME: 7:06 p.m.

FEEL LIKE RAJAN NOW
I did all this Mudbugs/Ken Carroll vs. Jeff Blair stuff for the paper only to watch Blair not get the start. Of course Greg Rajan can feel my pain. He had a big Dion Hyman piece planned for Tuesday before Hyman went crazy and got kicked off the Corpus Christi Rayz after just two days.

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

BLAIR NOT IN GOAL
The Colorado Eagles will not start Jeff Blair in goal tonight. Paulo Colaiacovo will start between the pipes. Thanks a lot (Colorado head coach) Chris Stewart! Jerk. :)

TIME: 6:10 p.m.

WHO WILL BE IN NET?
It's certain Ken Carroll will be between the pipes for the Mudbugs tonight, but who will represent the Colorado Eagles? It would be nice to have Jeff Blair on the other side. It would add to the intensity of the game and get the crowd into it for sure.

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