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Penner Beats Bugs Again, Eagles Move to 13-2

November 22, 2008 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Colorado Eagles News Release

LOVELAND, Colo. - The Colorado Eagles defeated the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs tonight, 5-1, on the strength of Andrew Penner in net and a stingy defense all around. The Eagles out-shot the Mudbugs 52-25 and seemed to beat them to most loose pucks all night long. The game was plenty feisty, with the teams combining for 106 penalty minutes and six fights.

Colorado jumped out to a two goal lead 13 minutes into the first period before fisticuffs took over. Ed McGrane got the scoring started with a great individual play when he went coast-to-coast before beating Ken Carroll with a shot from the top of the circles that was deflected by a Mudbug defenseman. McGrane then assisted on an Aaron Schneekloth power-play goal as the defenseman knocked home a rebound from the doorstep.

Just forty-four seconds later, heavyweights Ryan Tobler (6-foot-3-inches, 225 pounds) and Brett Angel (6-foot-6-inches, 248 pounds) dropped the gloves at center ice. And less than a minute later, Jay Birnie and Neil Clark started swinging haymakers next to the benches. Then just nine seconds later, Adam Knight and Quade Lightbody got into it after Knight and Carroll collided at the left side of the net.

It got really chippy at 16:45 when David Pszenyczny kneed McGrane just inside the Eagles zone. Jason Beatty sought retribution immediately when Pszenyczny came out of the penalty box by skating toward the Bossier-Shreveport bench to intercept his path and the two proceeded to drop the gloves for the period's fourth fight. In the meantime, the Mudbugs were going 10 minutes between shots, on the way to being out-shot 16-4 in the period; Carroll kept the game close by stopping near-certain goals with everything from his right toe to his head.

The second period didn't see any fights, but it involved plenty of power play action. The Mudbugs spent most of the first half of the period in the box, and the Eagles spent a good part of the final half there as well.

Penner did his part to better his counterpart at the other end of the ice by coming up with his own share of huge saves in the second, starting with a shorthanded breakaway stop on Brett Smith at 14:50, and continuing as he was the Eagles' best penalty killer throughout the frame. And with just 53 seconds left in the period Penner received a 3-0 lead to work with after Scott Polaski made a great play defensively to diffuse a 2-on-1 Bossier-Shreveport breakaway and then assisted on Tobler's power-play goal at the other end.

The Mudbugs finally broke Penner's shutout at 8:34 of the third when Clay Thoring sent a pass from the left boards to Angel wide open in the slot. But the Eagles got that one back at 12:20 off a faceoff win when Greg Pankewicz's rebound from the left point was deposited in the net by Konrad Reeder (celebrating his 27th birthday). And Tobler scored his second goal of the game with 45 seconds remaining when Kevin Ulanski lobbed a pass high in the air the length of the neutral zone to send the veteran forward in on a breakaway.

With the win, Colorado now owns the best record in the CHL at 13-2 (26 points) and will take on their in-state rival, the Rocky Mountain Rage, at the Budweiser Events Center on Wednesday night. The Rage are currently tied for last place in the Northwest Division with a record of 4-8-1 after picking up a shootout win against the Rapid City Rush tonight.

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