Friday, January 26, 2007

1/26 BUGS VS. MEMPHIS (W, 4-1)


Former Mudbugs captain Forbes MacPherson scored for the second time Friday and put the Mudbugs up 3-1 with 10 minutes to go.

Bugs survive scare midway through third
Mudbugs defenseman Jason Basile committed a rare turnover behind his net midway through the third, but the Mudbugs caught a break.
Phil Aucoin picked up the loose puck behind the Mudbugs' net and found Travis Banga in the left circle. Banga sent a one-touch pass to Darrell Stoddard, who whiffed on the empty net.
The Mudbugs still lead 2-1.

Dan Wildfong took care of an overmatched Ryan Campbell just three seconds before Kyle Musselman and Doug MacIver went at it.
Musselman had an intersting strategy -- hold MacIver at bay and wait. Well MacIver, a Mudbug at the beginning of this season, moved in quickly and Musselman never had a chance.
The kid will learn.

Tonight just has that playoff atmosphere and the crowd is here to prove it. The average attendance is down a bit this season (it's hard to increase by 15 percent every year), but Friday's crowd has to be the biggest of the season.
The teams have responded with some exciting action.

Kevin Schieve helped keep the RiverKings in the game with a couple of stellar saves near the end of the second period. He robbed another Brassard wrister and a point-blank stuff attempt by MacPherson.

Bugs goalie John DeCaro had little work in the second period, but made an amazing glove save on Darrell Stoddard with 41 seconds and change remaining in the period. The save brought the jam-packed CTC to its feet and preserved the Mudbugs lead heading into the third period.

Chris Brassard gave the Mudbugs their first lead with a power-play goal midway through the second. The RiverKings allowed the veteran to skate free from the goal line and Brassard to advantage of the space to move in of Schieve and sent a nasty wrister into the back of the net.

A mistake by lightly used goaltender Kevin Schieve helped veteran Forbes MacPherson tie the game at 1. Schieve came out of his net to play the puck during a Mudbugs power play early in the second period. MacPherson intercepted the puck, went to the crease and tied things up 26 seconds into the man-advantage.

Jason Tessa cranked home a power-play goal early in the second period to give the RiverKings a 1-0 lead. Tessa’s wrister from the high slot worked its way through traffic and into the net.

Mudbugs begin second period down a man for 3:30
Forbes MacPherson is in the box for a roughing double-minor.

The Mudbugs started slow and failed to record a shot on goal in the first 11 minutes of the game. Bossier-Shreveport’s John DeCaro, one of two Mudbugs netminders on the All-Star team last week, held strong and stopped the first seven shots of the game from an energized Memphis squad.
Bossier-Shreveport picked up the pace midway through the first and had several chances snuffed by Kevin Schieve, who received a rare start in relief of All-Star Larry Sterling.
The Mudbugs did poke a puck past Schieve, but referee Tom Sterns lost sight of the pill and called the play dead prior to the apparent goal.

Wildfong breaks another team record.
With his 467th game in a Mudbugs' uniform, Dan Wildfong set the Bossier-Shreveport franchise record. Trevor Buchanan, now a Mudbugs' assistant coach, stands second.

Tom Sterns didn't call a penalty in the All-Star Game; he's made up for it
After a quiet opening 15 minutes in the penalty box, Sterns called a slew of infractions in the waning moments of the first period. That's too bad, because the pace of the game was really starting to pick up.
Scoreless after 1.

The Mudbugs have picked it up; Sterns incites fans with "no-goal" call
Bossier-Shreveport picked up the pace, but had a goal disallowed by referee Tom Sterns. Sterns blew the puck dead on the left side of the crease, not realizing the puck had slid across the goalmouth. In his defense, he did blow the call (literally) BEFORE the puck went in the net. No biggie here, it happens.

More than 11 minutes, no shots on goal for Mudbugs
Bossier-Shreveport is getting it handed to them right now. While the scoreboard still shows 0-0, the Mudbugs have been outshot 7-0 and the play has been spent in the Mudbugs' zone the entire game.

Larry Sterling gets night off
Kevin Schieve will be between the pipes tonight for the RiverKings. The fans here are going to be so disappointed.

Those shirts are black ... pause ... NOT
So much for the Blackout tonight at CenturyTel Center. To me, it looks as if people AVOIDED wearing black at all costs.


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