Mudbugs Already on the Brink
In the simple terms, the Mudbugs either win tonight or this series is over. Going down two games to none would mean the Mudbugs would have to win four of the next five games against the defending CHL champions. The Mudbugs don't have the firepower to win four of five from the Eagles.
A few other factors working against the Mudbugs ... let's say the Bugs stretch this to beyond five games. Now the Bugs face that "dreaded 20-hour bus trip" back to Colorado to try and wrap up a series. Going down 0-2 might also force Coach Scott Muscutt's hand to put Kenny Carroll between pipes. This is the same Kenny Carroll who hasn't seen a slapshot head his way since February.
However, Muscutt could take the approach abandoned by USC football coach Pete Carroll in the Rose Bowl. You may remember with the game on the line, Carroll kept his best player (Reggie Bush) on the sidelines for that final fourth down play against Texas. Game over, Texas wins.
With the series on the line tonight ... does Muscutt boldly pull the trigger and put his best player on the ice to try and salvage at least one game of this two-game playoff road trip? Can Carroll even go if asked?
Lose tonight and the Mudbugs won't be able to keep the Eagles from flying on to the finals.