Friday, January 20, 2006

1/20 BUGS vs. OKLAHOMA CITY (W, 2-1)

BUGS WIN
How huge does tomorrow loom? The Mudbugs have been stuck on one win a weekend. If they can pull off the victory tomorrow, there could be some momentum here.
TIME: 10:18 p.m.

SMITTY GIVE BUGS LEAD
Brett Smith scored a power-play goal just 27 seconds into the Mudbugs fourth attempt with the man-advantage to give Bossier-Shreveport a 2-1 lead. The Mudbugs are now attempting to kill Oak City's seventh power play.
TIME: 9:16 p.m.

WILDFONG TAKES ANOTHER PENALTY
Dan Wildfong took his fifth penalty of the game early in the third and the Mudbugs were forced to attempt to kill Oklahoma City's sixth power-play chance. Blazers defenseman Joe Dustin bailed out Bossier-Shreveport when he slashed Brett Smith during a short-handed rush.
Tied at 1 with 11:16 left.
TIME: 9:04 p.m.

BIG PK LOOMS TO START THIRD
I can't pinpoint the reason, but the Mudbugs are enjoying another huge advantage on the shot board (29-13), but aren't winning the game. Oklahoma City will start the third period with 1:07 left on its fifth power play of the game. The Mudbugs have had just two, the second was shortended after Dan Wildfong took a penalty with the man-advantage.
Game tied at 1.
TIME: 8:36 p.m.

SHAW VS. DEARLE
Another good one. Shaw got some early shots in as the fight developed in the corner. The Mudbugs defenseman had a major size advantage (6-3, 200 vs. 5-10, 185) and took advantage of it. After a minute or so, both players agreed to break so Dearle could get his helmet off.
Shaw continued his slight advantage in the second half of the bout, but give the undersized Dearle credit.
TIME: 8:28 p.m.

WILDFONG VS. FLECK
It was going to happen eventually. The captains went toe-to-toe early in the second period. Fleck landed a few lefts early to take the lead, but Wildfong countered with a late flurry to even things up. Proof captains don't have to be angels.
TIME: 8:10 p.m.

SO FAR SO GOOD
The first period at the CenturyTel Center brought memories. It wasn't an overly exciting period, but the Mudbugs took the body, created some scoring chances and allowed very few.
TIME: 7:43 p.m.

PALAHICKY GIVES BUGS LEAD
The Mudbugs have played a good first period thus far and Shane Palahicky gave Bossier-Shreveport a 1-0 with a wrister from the slot.
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

CARROLL VS. CONNORS IN NET
Two All-Star netminders.
Time: 7:08 p.m.

REFLECTIONS FROM THE ALL-STAR GAME
The events in McAllen and Hidalgo, Texas this week were a blast and the Mudbugs came out looking pretty good: They received the All-Star Game, Scott Sheppard scored, Ken Carroll got the win and Dale Lupul learned from the best defensemen in the Central Hockey League.
Other observations:
1. Greg Pankewicz is hilarious. That guy didn't stop talking for 45 minutes in the locker room. Great player, better comedian.
2. Jeff Christian is a sick, sick player. Might have best hands in CHL.
3. Scott Sheppard will not be a Mudbug again. He's too good. Was the talk during post-game reception.
4. Ricky Martin is popular in those parts. Dang I gotta learn spanish better. You would think living in Miami would have done it for me.
5. The Mudbugs have a lot to live up to. Rio Grande Valley did a great job with the festivities.

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