Thursday, February 16, 2006

2/17 BUGS at AMARILLO (L, 4-3 in overtime)


Longest winning streaks in team history
12 – Jan. 23, 1999-Feb. 18, 1999
10 -- Mar. 2, 1999-Mar. 21, 1999
10 -- Jan. 7, 2000-Feb. 3, 2000
9 – Jan. 29, 2006-Feb. 17, 2006
9 -- Jan. 31, 2003-Feb. 21, 2003
8 – Mar. 3, 2002-Mar. 16, 2002
8 – Nov. 14, 1997-Dec. 5, 1997


Bossier-Shreveport loses late lead, falls 4-3 to Amarillo.
By Roy Lang III
The Amarillo Gorillas rallied with a goal in the third period and an overtime game-winner from All-Star defenseman Mark DeSantis to end the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs’ nine-game winning streak Friday at the Amarillo Civic Center.
DeSantis’ tally, his 11th of the season beat Mudbugs rookie netminder David Cacciola with 2:01 left in the extra session.
Despite the loss, the Mudbugs (28-13-6) earned one point and lead the Northeast Division by more than 20 points. Amarillo (23-19-3) moved its home record to 17-7.
It appeared as if Mudbugs veteran Chris Brassard was going to make sure Friday was not night for streaks to end. He scored two second-period goals; including a short-handed tally to give the Mudbugs a 3-2 lead. Bossier-Shreveport (19-0-3) lost just its third game of the season of 22 when leading after two periods.
Brassard’s goals extended his point streak to 14 games.
The loss stopped the Mudbugs from matching the second-longest winning streak in franchise history. The Mudbugs rattled off 10 straight in the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. The franchise and Central Hockey League record is 12 games (1998-99).
Bossier-Shreveport is 15-1-2 in their past 18 games and returns to action Sunday against the Lubbock Cotton Kings at the CenturyTel Center.
The Mudbugs kept Derek Hahn, the CHL’s leading scorer, off the scoresheet. Hahn entered Friday’s contest with 30 goals and 55 assists.
The Mudbugs carried a one-goal lead into the final 20 minutes, but Hahn’s line finally broke through midway through the period to tie the score. Hahn’s linemate, forward Scott Wray, collected a rebound to even things up with 8:32 remaining in regulation.
Cacciola made an initial save on a long slap shot from the Gorillas and another on a rebound, but the third shot was the one that counted for Wray, who was able to get the puck past Cacciola.
Wray’s goal was his 26th this season in just 33 games.
Mudbugs captain Dan Wildfong got the scoring started with his 20th goal of the season late in the first period. However, Amarillo’s Dan Donnette answered just 12 seconds later. After Brassard gave the Mudbugs a 2-1 lead in the second period, Amarillo’s Keith Rowe countered.

MUDBUGS (28-13-5) at AMARILLO (22-19-3)
7 p.m., Amarillo Civic Center, 1130 AM,
The teams meet for the first of two this season. The second will also be played in Amarillo on Mar. 3. The Gorillas boast Derek Hahn, perhaps the best player in the Central Hockey League right now (no offense to Scott Sheppard). Hahn leads the CHL in points (85) and assists (55) and ranks fourth with 30 goals. The 28-year-old All-Star collects 1.93 points per game (Sheppard 1.58) ... Amarillo is tough at home, boasting a 16-7 record at the Amarillo Civic Center. Amazing considering the franchise ranks LAST in CHL attendance (2,987 per game). Maybe the quiet building helps the Gorillas lull their opponents to sleep ... These teams met twice last season and Amarillo escaped with shootout victories in both. Stat of the century: Greg Foster, yes the former member of the front office staff signed to fill-in duty, led all Mudbugs with two goals vs. Amarillo last year (he only played in one game). He was also tied with Scott Sheppard with two points. Hahn had two goals in the matchups as well.


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