Friday, March 17, 2006

3/17 BUGS vs. WICHITA (L, 2-1)

Jon Volp kept the Wichita Thunder in the game for 40 minutes and then the Thunder's top line of Travis Clayton, Jason Duda and Joe Blaznek took control.
Volp was spectacular, but David Cacciola played another solid game.
This is a game that the Mudbugs offense must step up and with this one for their goalie.
Bossier-Shreveport had several opportunities, but Volp had the answer each and every time.
This was a playoff-type game and the Thunder proved once again that it will be an extremely tough opponent.
Great to see this after the game -- the coaches shaking hands. Scott Muscutt (baby in tow) walked down to the Wichita locker and congratulated first-year Thunder bench boss Mark French.
I'm not quite sure Muscutt and Derek Laxdal would have done the same.
All I know is Round 1 is setting up to be one hell of a hockey series.
TIME: 10:15 p.m.

IT'S 2-0.
Wichita is as potent as ever. Joe Blaznek rifles one into the net during a 4-on-3 advantage. The Bugs trail 2-0.
TIME: 9:18 p.m.

Travis Clayton, with help from Jason Duda and Joe Blaznek, scored early in the third period to give Wichita a 1-0 lead. A poor clearing attempt was intercepted by Duda just outside the blue line. Duda patiently waited for his linemates to tag up, then fed a pass to Clayton who rifled one over the shoulder of David Cacciola.
TIME: 9:04 p.m.

No one told Wichita goaltender Jon Volp. Wichita looks terrible. There are showing absolutely no discipline or jump, but Volp is a monster. He has 28 saves in 34 minutes of hockey.
TIME: 8:27 p.m.

Jon Volp has single-handedly kept this game scoreless.
He has robbed Scott Sheppard at least three times -- twice on seemingly open nets.
TIME: 8:17 p.m.

The Mudbugs have failed to score on three power plays in the first period -- including a 4-min stint -- but the story here looks like it's going to be survival.
These teams still don't like each other and it's showing. Wichita's Ryan McLean was kicked out for a cross check to the face of Mudbugs defenseman Jeremy Downs. Downs was given 5 minutes for roughing (that's what was announced). I imagine it will be more of a retaliatory spear.
Scoreless after 1.
TIME: 7:48 p.m.

Anyone who reads this knows I've had a problem or two with some of the special jerseys. Well tonight's St. Paddy's Day sweaters are tremendous.
Dark green with some nice dark gold trim. The letters and numbers (in white) are clear as day.
TIME: 7:12 p.m.

Does anyone else find this humorous?
Taken from the Wichita Thunder notes in the Wichita Eagle newspaper.

“The annual wheelchair hockey game drew about 200 fans and raised more than $6,000 for Wheelchair Sports. Ben Murphy’s (current Thunder left winger) shootout goal gave the Thunder players a victory over a team of wheelchair athletes.”

Wonderful PR move to BEAT the wheelchair athletes. They take you to a shootout and then you beat them? Haha.
Of course I have to joke with kid gloves cuz the Wichita people tend not to like anything of mine, but come on! I’m sure this could be some great ammunition for some classic chirping on the ice.
The game sounds like it was for a great cause. It’s awesome to see the players give back to the community. I would have loved to see this game!
It would be great to see the Mudbugs do something like this. That might actually be a team the Mudbugs could beat in a shootout.


Anonymous DropThePuck said...

Actually the wheelchair game is to benefit wheelchair sports in the Wichita area. The players are not just handicapped kids they are very athletic and one even goes to the olympics to compete. In the last few years the Thunder have actually lost in very competitive games but fun games. You just made it sound like we were beating up some handicap kids that's not the case.

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