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Tarantulas Fall To Mudbugs

January 22, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Topeka Tarantulas News Release

With a new face in the lineup, the Topeka Tarantulas took to the ice hard against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, but couldn't pull down the victory in a 4-1 loss. After a scoreless first period in which the Spiders outshot the Bugs 14-6, Topeka finally hit paydirt with forward Tab Lardner's 17th goal of the season at 16:01 in the second. Defenseman Frederick Jobin stole the puck at the opposing blue line and chipped it forward to a wide open Lardner, who skated it the rest of the way and sent a laser beam over Bossier goalie Ken Carroll. Unfortunately for the Arachnids, that would be all the scoring they'd see, as the Mudbugs would score the next four goals, including an empty netter as the clock ran out to seal the victory. "They played with a lot of urgency," said Topeka Head Coach Joe Coombs. "They wanted it more." Tarantula goalie Dwayne Bateman stopped 23 of 26 Mudbug shots and new acquisition Olivier Maltais was pointless in his Topeka debut. "It was a good game, but I need to work a lot because I didn't play much in Tulsa," said Maltais. "I played with two great players. They got me the puck a lot, but I didn't make good on my chances." Next up for the Eight-leggers tomorrow night is Maltais's former team, the Tulsa Oilers. The Tarantulas will have to face off against the man they traded to get Maltais, forward Lukas Dora. Opening faceoff is at 7:30 p.m. from Tulsa. The Topeka Tarantulas Booster Club is taking a bus down for the game and has a few seats left available. Contact them for information on the trip.

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