Saturday, December 02, 2006

12/2, Mudbugs v. Youngstown

Game wrap
The profanities were flying out of Bossier-Shreveport head coach Scott Muscutt's office following tonight's loss. It was an upsetting game for Muscutt when his team delivered virtually no effort against Youngstown.
The Mudbugs are a Jekyll and Hyde team. Who knows which team will show up on any given night?
Take tonight's game for example. The Mudbugs looked out of sync all night and gave little effort in their shellacking by the Steelhounds. The scoreboard read 3-1, but it could have been much worse.
Youngstown was all over the Mudbugs from the opening faceoff. And it didn't help that guys like Dan Wildfong and Forbes MacPherson (two of the leaders in the dressing room) didn't have their best games.
Wildfong looks like he's lost some speed this season. For a guy like him, who's engine is always revving, that's very difficult to overcome. He was on the ice for each of the Steelhounds' goals.
The Mudbugs' philosophy is to outwork their opponents every night, but they were outworked tonight.
The Bugs are in need of some goal scorers/playmakers and fast. They don't have any real scorers like Youngstown does in Chris Richards or Jeff Christian.

End of 2nd
The Bugs will need a small miracle to win this one. They are getting outplayed on both ends of the ice and need a couple bounces to go their way.

Another one for Youngstown
The Mudbugs are having some serious problems muscling Youngstown players from in front of the net. The Hounds just poked one past Carroll for the 3-0 lead. Mark Johnson had a Mudbug on him, but managed to muscle his way to the puck and slide it into the net.
Youngstown smells blood and is pouring it on the Mudbugs during a recent pp.

Release the hounds!
Youngstown makes it 2-0 off Doug Orr's third goal of the season. It wasn't a hard shot, but it looked as if Ken Carroll was screened on it by a defenseman.
Bugs are playing rather listless, getting beat to loose pucks and not playing smart defense.

End of 1st
Much better flow to tonight's game than Friday night. Both teams are moving the puck pretty well up and down the ice. The Mudbugs' one error has haunted them.

Bugs first power play
The Bugs have their first pp of the night. Right now, it's not looking too good for them, but what else is new. The pp has struggled through the first two months. The Bugs got one shot on net during that extra man advantage...back to full strength.

And just like that...
the Mudbugs trail 1-0 36 seconds into the game. A turnover deep in their zone and breakdown on defensive assignments leads to the Steelhounds pouncing on a loose puck for the game's first goal. Could be a long night for the Mudbugs.

BCS buzz
Fans got their football fill prior to tonight's faceoff. A small group huddled around one of the TVs in the CenturyTel Center concourse to watch the conclusion of the USC-UCLA game. There were several happy faces when the Bruins hung on to upset the BCS No. 2 Trojans. Don't think they were Michigan fans though.


Blogger Kate Warren said...

Wow! They got railed!

2:48 PM  

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