Friday, March 02, 2007

3/2 BUGS VS. TULSA (W, 8-0)

Hed: Statement made
Lede: Mudbugs win 8-0 against Tulsa
By Roy Lang III
Not often are over-hyped events as good as advertised, but Friday at CenturyTel Center, the outcome was infinitely better than anyone thought it could be.
The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs sent a loud, clear, ringing statement to the Tulsa Oilers and the entire Central Hockey League with an incredible, physical and dominating 8-0 victory.
“I felt like we had a bell to answer,” Muscutt said. “We answered it.
Leading up to Friday’s game, the Mudbugs – to a man -- vowed revenge for Tuesday’s loss at Tulsa. The ways in which Bossier-Shreveport redeemed itself on Friday were infinite.
N The Mudbugs (34-13-6) officially clinched a playoff berth.
N Thanks to Memphis’ loss at Youngstown on Friday, the Mudbugs took sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division for the first time this season.
N Rookie goaltender John DeCaro collected his first career shutout with 23 saves.
N Rookie Cam Abbott tallied a hat trick and two assists and fell short of the franchise record for points in a game by one.
N Defenseman Ryan Fairbarn collected a hat trick, too.
N The more than 6,000 fans were treated to free beverages at Sonic thanks to the scoring barrage.
N The Mudbugs tallied six power-play goals on a staggering 21 chances. Bossier-Shreveport amassed 32 shots on goal – on the power play alone.
N In an extremely rare event, Chris Brassard, a Mudbugs veteran forward, took Tulsa goaltender Bill Ruggiero up on his invitation to fight early in the third period. Brassard delivered a straight left to Ruggiero’s jaw during the skirmish.
N Tulsa head coach Butch Kaebel finally put a white towel over his head and waved it in the direction of referee Tom Sterns with 3:37 left in the game. He also collected a gold medal in the water bottle toss, sending the blue containers across the ice.
“We’re embarrassed by the performance,” Tulsa coach Butch Kaebel said. “But our hockey team has no choice but to have its heads up. It’s not November. We have to move forward.
“I don’t understand the refereeing tonight. We say we’re going to have CHL rules and then we call American Hockey League rules of NHL rules. It’s not easy for the guys, there are grey areas at this level.”Hmmm ... what do you think the message is?
Mudbugs head coach has put All-Star defenseman Jason Basile on the IR AND Forbes MacPherson in order to have 6-foot-3, 275-pound defenseman Konrad Brand available this weekend.
Come to your own conclusions.


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