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CHL Shots From the Point Feb 23, 2009

CENTRAL HOCKEY LEAGUE HEADLINES

1) Four Tickets Punched
2) Division Crowns Within Reach
3) Hat Tricks for Kids Hits Milestone
4) Oilers Up On CHL Network

1- Four teams have qualified for the Ray Miron President’s Cup playoffs with two more on the verge of clinching their spots as soon as this week. Colorado, Mississippi, Bossier-Shreveport and Texas all sewed up their chance at hoisting the cup last week and Odessa and Oklahoma City could clinch a berth as soon as their next game out. The Jacks magic number is two points between themselves and Arizona (any combination of Odessa points or the Sundogs missing out on earning points) and three points with Corpus Christi. The Blazers magic number is two points between themselves and Rapid City. OKC hosts Bossier-Shreveport on Wednesday and could wrap up their spot then and Odessa is home to Mississippi on Tuesday. The Sundogs also play on Tuesday night at Rio Grande Valley.

2- Two of the four CHL divisions are close to being decided even though it’s not the end of February. Odessa could be the first team to claim a division crown leading the second place Arizona Sundogs by 23 points in the Southwest Division with 12 games remaining. Just two points for the Jacks or Arizona losing the chance at gaining two points will earn Odessa their first division title since the 2005-06 season. The Colorado Eagles are also on the verge of clinching their sixth straight Northwest Division title. The Eagles are in front of the Rocky Mountain Rage by 18 points with Rocky Mountain having just 11 games remaining on their schedule. Colorado is at Tulsa on Tuesday and the Rage play at Rapid City on Wednesday.

3- The CHL’s Hat Trick for Kids program hit a milestone this past weekend with Bossier-Shreveport’s Neil Clark recording a hat trick in the Mudbugs victory on Friday night at Arizona. Clark’s hat trick is the 40th of the season in the CHL pushing the total donated in the Hat Tricks for Kids program to $1,000.00. Infinity Pro Sports is paying $25.00 for every hat trick in the CHL throughout the regular season. For more information about the program, visit http://www.hattricksforkids.org/.

4- The Tulsa Oilers home broadcasts are now available on The CHL Network. Catch the Oilers as they host the Colorado Eagles on Tuesday night LIVE from the BOK Center. The “Voice of the Oilers” Steve McCall provides the play-by-play in the only high-def broadcast available on The CHL Network. For more information, visit http://www.nifty-tv.com/chl/.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
22 The number of shootout rounds the Texas Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes have played versus each other in their last two games…The home team won each game with Texas beating the Jacks on 2/14 in a 12-round shootout and Odessa winning a week later on 2/21 in a 10-round shootout…The Brahmas lead the Jacks by five points for the top seed in the Southern Conference… Each team has scored seven times in the 22 rounds
2 The number of teams that have a winning record against the Northwest Division leading Colorado Eagles…Mississippi is 3-1 versus the Eagles and the other team is the Tulsa Oilers who are 2-1 versus Colorado…The Oilers host the Eagles in the BOK Center on Tuesday night in the final meeting of the season between the two teams
:28 The amount of time Rapid City’s goaltender Lanny Ramage came from earning his first pro shutout on Saturday night in the Rush’s 5-1 win at Tulsa…Ramage made 35 saves and of his three wins this season, two are against Tulsa…Ramage had eight shutouts during junior hockey with Portland (WHL)
13-1 The RGV Killer Bees record at home when leading after two periods…The lone loss came on Saturday night in a 3-2 defeat to the Oklahoma City Blazers…On the season, the Bees are 21-3-1 when holding the advantage after 40 minutes
14 The number of points that Mississippi forward Garrett Larson has during his current 10-game point streak…Larson has five goals and nine assists over his hot streak with a +8 rating…On the season, he has set new career highs with 50 points and 28 assists and has tied his career high in goals with 22

TIDBITS
-Colorado’s win on Saturday night versus Rocky Mountain was the 250th in the franchises 5+ year history…Colorado has never won fewer than 37 games in the regular season and this season has already punched in 37 wins
-Mississippi is 18-3-3 in their last 24 games including 6-1-2 on the road…The RiverKings face the Southwest Division leading Odessa Jackalopes on Tuesday night in Texas
-Odessa’s Sebastien Thinel had two goals and five assists over this past week taking over the league lead with 75 points and tying for the CHL lead with 31 goals…He is tied with Laredo rookie Darryl Smith for the lead in goals…Smith has five goals in his last five games
-Mudbugs goalie Jon Horrell has won three straight starts since Ken Carroll went down on February 10th with a minor injury…Horrell is 10-2-1 on the season and is sporting a 2.32 goals against average in five February decisions
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