Fort Worth falls in season opener
The Fort Worth Brahmas fell to an old nemesis on Friday night, losing 5-2 to the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs at the Century Tel Center in Bossier City, Louisiana in the 2004-2005 Central Hockey League season opener for both clubs.
The Mudbugs jumped out to a quick lead in the game, as forward Craig Soke smoked a seeing eye slapshot past screened Brahmas goaltender Dan Murphy just 1:56 into the game. The powerplay goal gave the Mudbugs the early momentum in front of their charged up home crowd.
The Brahmas answered the Mudbugs early goal with some offensive momentum of their own. Fort Worth's top forward line of Chad Woollard, Martin Paquet, and Lonny Bohonos generated several first period scoring chances. Bossier's goaltender, Ken Carroll, however, was up to the challenge, and he kept the Brahmas off the board.
Early on in the second period, the Mudbugs extended their lead to 2-0. Veteran forward Dan Wildfong found space at the top of the Brahmas crease and banged a rebound goal into the Fort Worth net in the opening stages of the second.
Down now by two, the Brahmas would answer back. Winger Martin Paquet swept a backhand rebound past Carroll at the 9:54 mark of the second to cut the Bugs margin in half. Assisting on the goal were Chad Woollard and David Csumrik.
To their credit, the Bugs would not let Fort Worth build on the Paquet goal. Just 1:54 after the Brahmas lilt the lamp, Bossier-Shreveport forward Scott Sheppard would redirect a Forbes MacPherson pass by Murphy to extend the Mudbugs margin to 3-1.
Midway through the third period, Wildfong scored his second goal of the game for the Mudbugs. Finding space on the left wing side, the gritty forward blasted a shot low stick side past Murphy to put the Bugs ontop 4-1.
The Brahmas tried to rally, as a late Nate Markus powerplay goal pulled Fort Worth to within 4-2. With time now becoming a factor, Fort Worth cranked up the pressure in the Bugs zone. The Brahmas sent puck after puck towards the Mudbugs net, only to be denied by Carroll. A late empty net goal by Bossier's Sheppard would take the steam out of the Brahmas comeback attempt and set the final score at 5-2.
Murphy took the loss in net for the Brahmas, allowing four of the five Bossier goals on the 27 shots he faced. Carroll earned the win for the Mudbugs, stopping 26 of the 28 Brahmas shots he faced.
Fort Worth will look to bounce back on Saturday night when they travel to Memphis to take on the RiverKings. Game time will be 7:05 p.m. from the DeSoto Civic Center. Listen to the game live on KTFW 1460 AM or online at www.sportsjuice.com.
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