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Eagles Hand Mudbugs 5-1 Road Loss

November 22, 2008 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs News Release

LOVELAND, CO - 47 saves from Ken Carroll weren't enough for the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Saturday night at the Budweiser Events Center in a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Eagles. The Bugs fell to 9-4-1 this season after losing their fourth game in their past six tries.

Carroll made a number of tremendous saves as Colorado finished the game with 52 shots on goal. Brett Angel also scored his first goal as a Mudbug in the third period off of an assist from Clay Thoring, his first point as a Mudbug.

Ed McGrane gave Colorado the lead in the first period with an unassisted goal at 7:29 that beat Ken Carroll top shelf through a screen. The Eagles built the lead to 2-0 about six minutes later when Aaron Schneekloth scored off of a rebound on a Colorado powerplay. The gloves came off late in the first period, with four fights taking place before the period was out. First it was Brett Angel vs. Ryan Tobler, followed by Neil Clark and Jay Birnie. Then Quade Lightbody fought Adam Knight and Dave Pszenyczny took on Jason Beatty late in the first period, which ended 2-0 for Colorado.

The Mudbugs got many more offensive opportunities in the second period, but couldn't solve Andrew Penner despite 14 shots in the period. Colorado added to the advantage with Ryan Tobler's powerplay goal late in the second to make it 3-0 after 40 minutes of play.

The Bugs finally broke through in the third period to get back within two goals. Clay Thoring held a puck in a the blueline and skated deep in the zone before finding Angel, who fired a one-time through Penner's five-hole to get the Bugs on the board and make it 3-1. The Eagles weren't done though, getting goals from Konrad Reeder on a rebound and finally Tobler's second of the night on a breakaway with less than a minute to go. Colorado is 2-0 against the Mudbugs this year after the 5-1 victory.

Carroll drops to 3-2-0 this year with the loss, while Andrew Penner made 24 saves and improved to 7-1-0. The Eagles outshot the Mudbugs 52-25 in the game and scored two powerplay goals in ten opportunities. The Bugs didn't score a on the powerplay for just the second time this season, going 0 for 7.

The Mudbugs will now head to North Richland Hills, Texas to close out a five-game road trip against the Texas Brahmas on Wednesday night. Wednesday's game against the Brahmas gets underway at 7:05 pm. The Bugs will then play a pair of home games right after Thanksgiving on Friday vs. Rio Grande Valley and Saturday vs. Texas at the CenturyTel Center.

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