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November 15, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs News Release

BLAIR BLANKS THE BEES – In a Tuesday afternoon "Kids Day" game at the Dodge Arena in Rio Grande Valley, Jeff Blair made 38 saves to earn his fifth career shutout as the Mudbugs defeated the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 2-0. After the scoreless opening frame, Ryan Manitowich scored on a beautiful backhand shot from the rush over Bees goaltender Jeff Levy for his first goal of the season. Two minutes and twelve seconds later, Brett Smith was denied on a breakaway opportunity but circled around the goal and fired a wrist shot past Levy for his first professional goal at 5:04 of the second period. In the third, the Mudbugs killed off a late Killer Bee power play chance and withstood the final attack from Rio Grande to preserve Blair's second career shutout against the second-year franchise.

BACK TO LAREDO – In their first game in Laredo since the highly controversial seventh game of the 2004 President's Cup Finals, the Mudbugs defeated the Laredo Bucks in a shootout 3-2 on Thursday night at the Laredo Entertainment Center. At 9:03 of the third period, Scott Sheppard scored on a wraparound during a Mudbugs power play chance to tie the game at 2-2. Just like last year's Game 7, both teams then settled into overtime in a 2-2 game. After neither team scored in an overtime power play chance, the Mudbugs went into their third shootout of the season. With goals from Sheppard, Chris Brassard, and the game-winner from Dan Wildfong, the Mudbugs claimed the 3-2 shootout win to hand Laredo its fifth loss in a row.

ROAD TRIP COMPLETE – On Saturday night, the Mudbugs completed a perfect road trip through south Texas with a 3-1 win over the Corpus Christi Rayz at the brand new American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The win was the Mudbugs' third in a row after victories over Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday and Laredo on Thursday and improved their record to 5-3-2 this season. Dan Wildfong, Chris Brassard and Scott Sheppard provided the offense while Ken Carroll made 28 saves for his third win of the season.


Jeff Blair – Made 38 saves for his fifth career shutout on Tuesday versus the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Dan Wildfong – Three goals this week and now tied for second in the CHL with 16 points

Ken Carroll – Returned on Thursday with 33 saves against Laredo and then defeated Corpus Christi on Saturday

BUGS HOST FOOD DRIVE THIS WEEKEND – This weekend the Mudbugs will host the Tulsa Oilers on Friday night and the Oklahoma City Blazers on Saturday night and all fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the CenturyTel Center for the Mudbugs Thanksgiving Food Drive. All items will be donated to the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank.


November 17th – Plantation Park Elementary – Mudbugs players will speak at an assembly for the Bossier After School Program at 3:30 p.m.

November 18th – Claiborne Parish School – Mudbugs players will read to students from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

POWER PLAY WITH SCOTT MUSCUTT RETURNS – Tomorrow night, “Power Play with Scott Muscutt” will return live to the Sundance Cantina at Boomtown Casino in Bossier City from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Each show, hosted by Mudbugs play-by-play broadcaster Steve Mears, features various hockey guests in addition to Coach Muscutt, questions from the audience, and live Mudbugs prize giveaways every Tuesday night. Tomorrow’s guests will include goaltender Ken Carroll and Mudbugs Assistant Director of Hockey Operations Trevor Buchanan. The Sundance Cantina also features an extensive dinner menu and drink specials. For more information, please call 318-752-BUGS.

THIS WEEK – Two home games against Northeast Division rivals highlight this week’s action for the Mudbugs. On Friday, the Tulsa Oilers visit the CenturyTel Center at 7:05 p.m. Then on Saturday night, Dallas Stars forward Brenden Morrow and the Oklahoma City Blazers will take on the Mudbugs at 7:05 p.m. A telecast of Saturday’s game, featuring Steve Mears and Roy Lang of the Shreveport Times, will be aired on Maple Leaf TV throughout Ontario, Canada on November 25th.

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