Milt shut out ... again

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

Milt Stegall's next chance to break the CFL's all-time touchdown record will come on the road.

Stegall failed to reach the end zone for the second straight game last night in front of another soldout crowd at Canad Inns Stadium, meaning his next opportunity will come on Thursday night in Montreal against the Alouettes.

Stegall didn't have any glorious opportunities last night, as the Bombers fell 19-15 to the Edmonton Eskimos.

Stegall finished with five catches for 61 yards, and he also had a pair of offside penalties. And because the Bombers lost, Stegall was in no mood to talk about the touchdown that never happened.

"Don't ask me about the touchdown," Stegall said. "We're not talking about the touchdown right now."

Stegall, of course, felt he was interfered with a couple times, and he had at least one notable jawing session with Eskimos safety J.R. LaRose. Stegall got plenty of attention from the defensive backs, and he doesn't expect that to stop.

"They were doing a lot of zoning and they were trying to kind of roll some guys over top of me," Stegall said. "But it doesn't matter. I've faced it before and I've found ways to overcome it. I just gotta find a way to overcome it, because it's going to continue.

"I'll find a way to overcome it, I guarantee you that. I'll make some plays. I don't care if there's everybody on their defence on me. I'll find a way to make some plays."

NOT SO SPECIAL: Bombers special teams coach Cory McDiarmid will be doing a lot of yelling at practice next week, because his unit was, in a word, awful last night.

Edmonton partially blocked two Rob Pikula punts, they recovered a kickoff that held up in the wind, and they also snagged an onside punt when Winnipeg had only 11 players on the field.

"You can't say it's this or it's that," Berry said. "It's one here, one there, one here, and we gotta get this stuff straightened out.

"We can move the ball offensively, we can stop them on defence, and our special teams have gotta step up and match what the offence and defence are capable of doing right now."

SICK BAY: Not helping the Bombers' special teams was the fact that two longsnappers had to leave the game with injuries.

Starter Chris Cvetkovic disclocated his eblow in the first half and is expected to miss at least a week. His backup, rookie Brian Guebert, suffered a serious hamstring injury and could be out a while.

When asked about the last time he lost two longsnappers in a game, Berry said, "Never, never, ever."

Then he was asked about what he was thinking at that point.

"Who's our third?" he said with a chuckle.

That third-stringer turned out to be Adrian Baird, who had to snap only once but did a fine job.

Pikula said the timing was off on the snaps, and that's why two of them were partially blocked.

Defensive end Gavin Walls suffered a shoulder injury, while slotback Chris Brazzell was hobbled by a calf injury but should be OK.

LATE HITS: Troy Westwood nailed both of his field-goal attempts, from 32 and 19 yards, in his much-heralded return. "It's nice to make the most of an opportunity, but ultimately all that matters is winning," Westwood said. "It stinks losing." ... Stanley Cup champion Dustin Penner did the pre-game coin toss.


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