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'Bugs stick it to Kings 6-2

February 19, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

Bossier City, LA - The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs exploded with four goals during the second period to march past the Lubbock Cotton Kings 6-2 Sunday evening at the CenturyTel Center, in a contest that included an ugly third period incident. The loss drops the Kings record to 19-24-4 and it extends their winless streak to three games.

The Kings started the contest in penalty trouble, as they were whistled for two minor penalties 32-seconds into the game. Bossier-Shreveport capitalized on the early whistles with Scott Sheppard hammering a one-timer from the top of the slots past Kings goaltender Brad Buss. The goal was a five-on-three power play goal and gave the 'Bugs a 1-0 lead 44-seconds into the game. Lubbock eventually had power play chances of their own and Nolan Graham tied the contest up at 1-1 with 7:44 remaining. Graham received a lengthy pass from Bobby Brown leading to a breakaway and Graham slid the puck through the five-hole of goaltender Ken Carroll to extend Brown's point streak to a Kings season high seven games.

Bossier-Shreveport dominated the second period of play with four goals over the middle twenty. The 'Bugs started the scoring with a four-on-three power play goal by Dan Wildfong, who slapped a shot past a screened Buss 6:35 into the period to give the Mudbugs a 2-1 lead. Chad Spurr pulled up on a rush down the left side and with no other options, decided to fire it on net and Buss couldn't come up with the save as 9:18 remaining in the period. The offensive onslaught continued in the period 3:16 later with Ryan Manitowich scoring immediately following a face-ff draw. Craig Minard closed the scoring in the frame with a shot from the right side that beat Buss four minutes later to extend the lead to 5-1. The period was filled with special teams play, as teams combined for ten power play goals in the period.

Things turned dirty in the third period and it had nothing to do with the Cotton Kings trailing. Vic Pereira was skating towards Wildfong after a whistle and Wildfong jabbed his stick right into the face of Pereira resulting in mayhem. Surprisingly, Tom Sterns did not eject Wildfong nor did he issue a high sticking penalty, but Coach Scott Muscutt prevented any further developments by benching Wildfong for the remainder of the game. Bossier-Shreveport had their third five-on-three power play opportunity of the game midway through the third period and for a second time in the contest, they capitalized with the two-man advantage with a power play goal by Chris Brassard 9:24 into the period. The goal was scored against Lance Leslie, who replaced Buss to start the frame. Lubbock closed the scoring with Jan Melichercik grabbing his 99th career goal, and it came with 4:29 remaining.

Teams combined for 22 power play opportunities, with Lubbock going 1 for 13 and the Mudbugs finishing 3 for 9. Lubbock out-shot the 'Bugs 35-26 in the game, and goaltender Ken Carroll earned the win in net with 34 saves. It improved his record to 7-0-0 in February. Buss suffered the loss (first on the road) by allowing five goals on 22 shots, and was relieved by Leslie, who stopped three of four shots faced.

Lubbock continues their Eastern swing Tuesday in Memphis with their first trip of the season to Southaven, Mississippi to face the Memphis RiverKings.

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