CHL Shots From the Point Mar 16, 2009
CENTRAL HOCKEY LEAGUE HEADLINES
1) Division Winners Determined
2) What a Power Play!
3) Chase for the Final Spot
1- The fourth and final CHL division winner was determined this past weekend with the Mississippi RiverKings beating the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs twice and subsequently clinching the Northeast Division. The RiverKings join the Colorado Eagles of the Northwest Division, the Odessa Jackalopes of the Southwest Division and the Texas Brahmas of the Southeast Division as division winners. The race for the Governors’ Cup is still going on with the Eagles 90 points leading the way over the ‘Kings who have 87 points and the Brahmas who have 85 points.
2- The Odessa Jackalopes power play has been unreal as of late and is close to taking its mark as the best in CHL history. Over their current four-game win streak, the Jacks have gone 11 for 35 (31%) and on the season have scored 106 PPG’s (the most since the Oklahoma City Blazers set the single season record with 124 power play goals in the 1995-96 season. On the season, the Jacks are connecting at a league-best 22.5% rate and are led by Sebastien Thinel’s 20 PPG’s and Kory Karlander’s 15.
3- With one week remaining in the regular season, only one spot remains open for the 2009 Ray Miron President’s Cup Championship playoffs. The fifth and final team from the Southern Conference has yet to be determined with the Corpus Christi IceRays owning the slot right now with 59 points trailed by Arizona with 57 points and New Mexico with 55 points. A win on Monday night by the Rays versus Laredo would officially eliminate the defending champions Sundogs from contention and make things very difficult for New Mexico who would then have to win out and hope that Corpus Christi does not earn a point the rest of the way. Should matters stay undetermined, the Scorpions host the Sundogs in a pair of games this weekend in what could be huge games.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
800 The number of professional games that Derek Landmesser will have played in when he takes the ice Tuesday night when the RiverKings host Bossier-Shreveport at the DeSoto Civic Center
1-7-0 The record of the Amarillo Gorillas versus the New Mexico Scorpions this season…The Gorillas host New Mexico on Thursday night in the final regular season meeting between the two teams
4 The number of goals the Tulsa Oilers scored in the third period of Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Rocky Mountain Rage…Last year, the Rage overcame a five-goal deficit to beat Tulsa in a shootout on December 29th, 2007…The Rage were also a part of a huge third period collapse nearly a year ago (March 19, 2008) losing 7-6 in overtime in Arizona versus the Sundogs…The Rage led 5-0 after two period and 6-3 with 1:23 remaining in the game
17 The number of games that current Oakley CHL Player of the Week Ed McGrane’s point streak stands…He has nine goals and 16 assists over his streak
1 The number of goals that Corpus Christi goaltender Kris Tebbs has allowed over his last 185 minutes of play at home…Two of those games were 1-0 finals with amazingly one being decided in a shootout with Tebbs losing (Arizona)
222 The number of games that Ryan Shmyr has played in a RGV uniform setting the franchise record topping Bill Newson…Shmyr broke the record on Saturday night versus Corpus Christi
-Kevin Beech has won 11 straight appearances and is 15-0-2 since his 2-1 loss versus Bossier-Shreveport on January 27th…Beech is one of the five finalists for the CHL Most Valuable Player award which will be announced on Monday, March 23rd
-The Tulsa Oilers have played six straight one-goal games going 2-4-0 over that stretch
-Colorado’s nine goal outburst in their 9-0 win versus Amarillo on Saturday matched a franchise high for the most goals scored in a game and set a new high for largest margin of victory…The Eagles followed that shutout up with a 3-0 win versus Oklahoma City on the very next night marking the second time in team history they have recorded back-to-back shutouts
-IceRays forward Jereme Tendler has eight goals and four assists over his last seven games
-New Mexico is 22-2-1 when allowing three goals or fewer in a game
-Texas forward and MVP finalist Scott Sheppard has been called-up by Rockford of the AHL (the Blackhawks top AHL affiliate)
-Mike Zbriger has scored 19 points in 23 games with Wichita since coming over from Corpus Christi in a trade