Saturday, January 14, 2006

1/14 BUGS vs. FORT WORTH (L, 3-2 in shootout)

LOSS TO FORT WORTH THE SEASON IN A NUTSHELL
Embarrassing. Devastating. Dispicible. Bring all the negative adjectives out, because they all apply.
Not only losing to Fort Worth, by far the worst team in the CHL of late, but to get outworked by the Brahmas is not acceptable.
Fort Worth looked like a playoff contender, not a doormat, in the CENTURYTEL CENTER. When the Mudbugs resume play after the All-Star break, things will look much different. Moves will be made. If they aren't, expect this inconsistency all season.


BRAHMAS TIE GAME WITH LESS THAN 35 SECONDS TO GO
With goaltender Larry Sterling sent to the bench in favor of an extra attacker, Fort Worth winger Bret DeCecco scored his 18th goal of the season with 35 seconds left to tie the game at 2 after a nifty behind-the-net pass from Wes Mason.
A frantic barrage on Sterling from the Mudbugs late in regulation was fruitless.
TIME: 9:20 p.m.

BUGS TAKE THE LEAD WITH A PAIR
Moments after Mike O’Sullivan missed a golden opportunity to it 2-0 Brahmas early in the third period the Mudbugs tied the score when Jason Basile chipped in a rebound from his knees to Larry Sterling’s right. Sterling had made a nice stop on a Chris Brassard slap shot, but Basile was there for the juicy rebound.
Jason Campbell scored one minute later to give Bossier-Shreveport a 2-1 lead.
TIME: 8:56 p.m.

GONNA TAKE A THIRD PERIOD COMEBACK
The Brahmas hold a 1-0 lead heading into the final period. Fort Worth is 9-1-1 when leading after two periods. The Mudbugs are 3-10-0 when trailing after 2.
TIME: 8:34 p.m.

BRAHMAS STRIKE FIRST
Ken Carroll finally gave in when Cory Stillman intercepted a Mudbugs’ clearing attempt in the right circle and let a rocket wrister go. The puck its way past Carroll top shelf with 6:04 left in the second period.
Quade Lightbody committed the turnover.
TIME: 8:15 p.m.

TIGHT GAME CONTINUES
The Mudbugs seem to be controlling the play so far in the second, but Fort Worth did have a prime scoring chance. However, Ken Carroll again stopped a booming slapper from Konrad Brand.
TIME: 7:59 p.m.

CARROLL ONLY REASON THE MUDBUGS ARE EVEN RIGHT NOW
While the Mudbugs skaters likely suffered from a letdown after Friday’s big victory against the Bucks, Ken Carroll did not. The netminder single-handedly kept the Brahmas off the scoreboard in the first period with 11 saves.
Fort Worth fired off several point-blank shots, including a rocket from winger Beau McLaughlin snipe from the slot, but Carroll was up to the task every time.
TIME: 7:35 p.m.

BUGS KILL OFF FIRST TWO PPs
Fort Worth still has some jump, but Ken Carroll is on a roll. After his shutout Friday, the All-Star is saving the Bugs butts right now.
TIME: 7:28 p.m.

EARLY, BUT BRAHMAS DONT LOOK THAT BAD
Fort Worth has come to play tonight, at least in the first five minutes or so.
TIME: 7:14 p.m.

CARROLL VS STERLING IN NET
TIME: 6:59 p.m.

STRUGGLING BRAHMAS IN TOWN
To say Fort Worth is struggling may be the biggest understatement ever. They just gave up 9 goals to Austin -- not exactly the Red Army. Better check with my editors, I'm not sure if I'm going to have enough room for the scoring summary in the paper tomorrow.

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