Thursday, December 07, 2006


ATTENTION WAYNE BONNEY: We have a miracle!!
For the first time in my stint as a Central Hockey League writer, I saw DIVING CALLED BY ITSELF. Thank you Mark Lemelin. You called it on Scott Rozendal and you are now my hero. That is what the penalty is for, to STOP people from diving, not to offset a hooking call!

Wichita sure is undisciplined
The Mudbugs are being helped greatly by a lack of discipline shown by the Wichita Thunder tonight. The Mudbugs take the 2-0 lead to the locker room and will have 1:36 left on a power play when they return. That is one aspect that hasn't improved tonight. Bossier-Shreveport is 0 for 5 with the man-advantage.

Duda has returned
You knew he'd be back, despite taking a high stick and some stitches. Jason Duda is back in action, like a good hockey player would be.

Bugs bail rookie out, Mussleman scores again
Seconds after killing Murphy's penalty, Kyle Musselman made it 2-0.

Chris Murphy continues to take bad penalties
The Mudbugs worked hard to take a 1-0 lead. Rookie Chris Murphy did his best to erase that with completely undisciplined play.
Murphy has a bone to pick with Steve Dix after a first-period fight and decided to jump him 34 seconds into the second period.
The result was a 3-minute power play for Wichita.

Hard-working Bugs lead 1-0 after 1.
There is no lack of effort tonight and the veterans are leading the way. Forbes MacPherson and Dan Wildfong have brought linemate Kyle Musselman along for the ride and have staked the Mudbugs to a first-period lead. Musselman collected his first goal in 16 games as a Mudbug.

Karma’s a ***
Jason Duda left the ice in the first period after a high stick from Mudbugs defenseman Jason Basile drew blood. We’ve already talked about Duda’s high stick to Wildfong last time out.
After giving the fans grief about clapping for Chris Murphy after his losing fight, I have to give them credit this time. As Duda got up and held a towel to his bloody mouth en route to the bench, the crowd gave him rather generous applause.
Kudos to the gang at the CTC.

Love when the fans cheer after a fight when the home guy loses ... NOT
Chris Murphy took about three forearms to the nose after he went to the ice in the middle of a fight with Wichita's Steve Dix. However, the sparse crowd at the CTC decided that was worth a round of applause. It always happens, the home guy gets the bad end of a fight and the crowd loves it. Why? Cuz when the home guy wins a figth, that applause is lost in the shuffle.

Duda and Wildfong meet again
Wichita veteran Jason Duda and Mudbugs captain Dan Wildfong have a love/hate relationship ... OK, there's probably not much love. The last time these two met at the CenturyTel Center, an accidentaly high stick by Duda sliced Wildfong's lip. Seven stitches later, Wildfong was on his way to yet another scar.
As expected, the two were back jousting again early in Thursday's game.

Crowd is extremely disappointing
I know it's still "football season," but tonight's crowd is about the smallest, most unenthusiastic I've seen in my four seasons covering the Mudbugs.


Blogger Jeffery Clark said...

Regarding your "diving" statement:
Agree. Agree. Agree. Agree. Agree.
Been waiting for this call for YEARS.
Great point in your blog, Roy.

10:49 PM  

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