Tuesday, January 24, 2006

1/24 BUGS vs. RIO GRANDE VALLEY (W, 2-1)

OH BY THE WAY
The Mudbugs took 9 of 10 points in the five-game homestand.

CHECK OUT WEDNESDAY'S TIMES FOR A RECAP INCLUDING ...
“We took a lot of stupid penalties, took a lot of retaliatory penalties,” Rio Grande Valley coach Tracy Egeland said. “But I thought it was the worst officiated game I had seen all year."

STRANGE THINGS WERE AFOOT AT THE CTC
First of all, I must say, a win is a win. And I take absolutely nothing away from the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in Tuesday's win. The effort was there, no doubt about it. Chris Brassard played his best game (I've seen) of the year. Chad Spurr looked like he wanted the puck and, of course, Dan Wildfong and Ken Carroll were their usual selves.
The defense was also wonderful. The unit kept a talented team to very few scoring chances. The calls tonight were in favor of the Mudbugs, lets make no bones about that, but this is the type of game the Mudbugs may not have won during the first half of this season. Absent was the late defensive mistake that plagued this team in the first 32 games.

NOW, FOR THE GOOD STUFF
I have to agree whole-heartedly with Rio Grande Valley head coach Tracy Egeland ... this was the worst (by far) officiated game I've seen this year.
It wasn't so much that Rio's penalties weren't warrented, but the inconsistenty of the calls tonight was embarrasing. From managing the penalty clock to the abundance of 5-on-3s, Tom Sterns should thank heavens supervisor of officials Wayne Bonney wasn't in attendance.

Three 5-on-3s? In one period? Ridiculous.
To clear up the time when the first 5-on-3 ended, the penalty box official incorrectly opened the door during play. The Rio player did not make a mistake. He just came out when the door opened. When you have a situation of stacked penalties such as that, the player whose penalty is over must wait until a whistle sounds to come out of the box. HOWEVER, when his penalty is over, the next penalty shall begin counting downs as the play continues.
NOW, onto the Mudbugs goal and how it went from 5-on-3 to even strength. Scott Muscutt was told that when Brett Smith hit a post and the crowd thought he had scored, the scorekeeper stopped the clock. Eventually the puck found Chris Brassard, who scored, and the clock still showed 5 second remaining on the 5-on-3. The referee determined that 7 seconds had elapsed since the clock was incorrectly stopped, there for the 5-on-3 was over and so was the Mudbugs power play after the final penalized play was allowed to enter the ice after a power-play goal was scored.
IF that was 7 seconds between Brett Smith's miss and Brassard's goal, I must have been in a time warp.

MORE WONDERFUL OFFICIATING STUFF
The penalty called on Phil Cherneski with six minutes remaining might be the worst call (among many) of the night. Dan Wildfong was whistled for interference and proceeded -- in typical Wildfong fashion (gotta love him) -- he skated directly into Cherneski with a shoulder. For getting run over, Cherneski was called for roughing, nullifying what would have been a crucial Rio Grande power play.


TOM STERNS ON THE PAYROLL?
Of course I'm kidding, but the Mudbugs have certainly been given every opportunity to win this game -- by the ref, and the Killer Bees.
8:40 p.m.

IS IT A FULL MOON?
So many things are strange here tonight at the CenturyTel Center. Tom Sterns has turned into "Mr. Whistle." The Mudbugs have had so many 5-on-3s I lost track, and they were screwed out of one additional power play. The shot counter REFUSES to give Rio any shots on goal. They might not realize it, but they are screwing Ken Carroll. This is just a crazy night. The Mudbugs will be on another power play 10 seconds after the third period begins as Matic Kralj was handed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at the 20-minute mark.
Oh by the way, the Mudbugs lead 1-0.
TIME: 8:34 p.m.

FIVE STRAIGHT RIO PENALTIES LEAD TO MUDBUGS FIRST GOAL
Somehow, I believe the Mudbugs have been robbed of a power-play opportunity. They scored on a 5-on-3, but two Rio players came out of the box after the goal. Nevertheless, Chris Brassard has given Bossier-Shreveport a 1-0 lead.
Typical Mudbugs game, up 1-0 and outshooting the opponent 24-10.
TIME: 8:14 p.m.

FIRST PERIOD IS OVER
Not sure whether it's the Tuesday crowd or the play between the Mudbugs and Killer Bees, but the excitement level here at the CenturyTel Center is sub-par. It will likely pickup here over the next 40 minutes of action, so stay tuned. There might be a slight edge to the Mudbugs right now, and the shot board says 11-5 Bossier-Shreveport. However, the Mudbugs have been able to finish some quality chances, sure Scott Muscutt hopes those come back to haunt his team.
TIME: 7:39 p.m.

ZZZZZZZ
Not much has happened in the first 14 minutes of the game, but that is usually good for the Mudbugs.
TIME: 7:25 p.m.

GOOD STORY ... BUT
This isn't a night for Mudbugs netminder Ken Carroll to get hurt or lightheaded. With No. 2 goalie David Cacciola absent tonight, the Mudbugs will have men's league player Dave Barry.
Local sportscaster Dave Schwartz has scored on this guy. Enough said.

GO FLY A KYTE (Thank's Rajan)
The Mudbugs placed defenseman Chad Kemp and forward Jeremy Kyte on the team’s suspended list Tuesday. Kemp was placed on the list for failing to report to Corpus Christi after a potential deal was struck between Bossier-Shreveport and the Rayz.
Kyte was suspended for not reporting to the Mudbugs in a timely manner after he was traded from Amarillo.
“He wanted to report here, but we just had a difference of opinion on when that should be,” Muscutt said. “I expected him to be here last week, but he had some things he thought he needed to tidy up. I don’t want a hockey player that doesn’t know if he wants to play. I want one that’s going to get on a plane and say, ‘I want to play and I’ll come back to take care of the personal stuff during the off days.”
The void leaves Muscutt room to sign another player, something the coach is working feverishly to accomplish.
“We’re on the verge of getting an impact player,” Muscutt said.
In other roster news, goaltender David Cacciola was granted leave by the league to tend to a personal matter Muscutt says will cost him to miss just tonight’s game against Rio Grande Valley.
The Mudbugs will employ a local goaltender, Dave Barry, to back up Ken Carroll against the Killer Bees.

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