Saturday, December 5, 2009

Insider Preview: Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs @ Texas Brahmas

Third meeting tonight at the NYTEX Sports Centre

The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (9-9-0, 18 points) are in town tonight for the third meeting between the two teams this season. The Brahmas won the first game 6-4 on Ocober 30th at the CenturyTel Center. The Mudbugs won the second game at NYTEX by a score of 2-1.

The Mudbugs are coming off last night's 5-4 home loss against the Amarillo Gorillas.

The Mudbugs have struggled with injuries and inconsistent play at all positions so far this season but they always play hard against the Brahmas. The two teams are very well matched and it should be a good game tonight.

The Mudbugs are 5-3-0 on the road thus far this season. The Brahmas are 5-4-0 at home.

The Mudbugs' top three scorers include Travis Clayton (F) with 15 points (7 G, 8 A, +6), Joe Blaznek (F) with 13 points (8 G, 5 A, -5) and Shawn Limpright (F) with 12 points (6 G, 6 A, +2). Their leading defensive scorer is Simon Mangos with 11 points (2 G, 9 A, +1).

Their top goons are forward Neil Clark (36 PIM) and defenseman Kirk Medernach (29 PIM).

On special teams, the Oilers have the number 10 power play with a 14.14 percentage and the number 15 penalty kill (last in the league) with an 77.78 percentage. They have scored one short-handed goal this season.

Goaltender duty has been split between Ken Carroll (4-4-0-1) and John DeCaro. (5-5-0). Carroll is ranked eighth in the league with a 2.67 GAA and second with a .924 save percentage. DeCaro is ranked 17th with a 3.26 GAA and 15th with a .899 save percentage.

The Brahmas top three scorers are Kevin McLeod (D) with 16 points (9 G, 7 A, -3), Grant Jacobsen (F) with 15 points (8 G, 7 A, -1) and AJ Gale (F) with 15 points (8 G, 7 A, 0). McLeod is the only defenseman in the league that leads his club in scoring. Last Saturday in Allen, McLeod registered his first professional hat trick.

On special teams, the Brahmas remain last in the league with a 9.76 percentage and 10th on the penalty kill with an 82.09 percentage. They are tied with Tulsa for the league lead in short handed goals with six.

The Mudbugs
have struggled with injuries all season and have four players currently on injured reserve including defensemen Dale Lupul and Scott Kalinchuk and forwards Neil Clark and Justin Aikins. Defenseman Tysen Dowzak has been recalled by the Hartford Whalers (AHL). The Mudbugs have signed Bear Trapp (F) and Luis Tremblay (D).

For the Brahmas, forward Jason Deitsch has remained a scratch for two weeks. It is unknown if he will play tonight.

The game begins at 7:05pm and will be broadcast on CHL-TV if you can't be there.

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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