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CHL Shots From the Point Mar 30, 2009

Monday, Mar. 30th, 2009


Series Updates
1) Eagles Look to Build 2-0 Lead
2) Bucks Head Home with Huge Advantage
3) Even Steven Heading Back to OKC
4)Texas Stays Near Unbeatable at Home

1- The Governors’ Cup Champion Colorado Eagles will play Game Two of their best-of-seven conference semifinals series versus the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs tonight at the Budweiser Events Center. The game can be seen LIVE on Altitude Sports and Entertainment (available in select states and all across North America on DISH Network and DirecTV). The Eagles gutted out a win last night in a game that was tied at two after the second period. Kevin Ulanski scored his second goal of the night in the third period with Colorado shorthanded. Greg Pankewicz made it 4-2 before a late goal from Simon Mangos put the score where it finished. Pankewicz’s goal served as the game winner.

COL/BOS Series Notes:
-Colorado went 2 for 4 on the power play while stopping all 4 Mudbugs chances
-Jon Horrell (BOS) made 34 saves in his first start in the post-season…Horell replaced Ken Carroll in net during the ‘Bugs Game Three win in the Opening Round versus Rocky Mountain
-Ed McGrane (COL) assisted on Ulanski’s first goal of the game extending his point streak to 21 games dating back to the regular season
-J.J. Martin (BOS) was scratched with an injury missing his third straight game

2- The Laredo Bucks head home for two straight games with a chance to sweep the Southwest Division leading and #2 seeded Odessa Jackalopes. Laredo is fresh off back-to-back wins in Odessa putting them in a position to sweep the Jacks for the second consecutive season. Laredo was 21-9-2 at home during the regular season and Odessa was 19-10-3 away from home. The CHL’s Rookie of the Year, Darryl Smith, has lead the Bucks scoring three goals in the first two games.

ODE/LAR Series Notes:
-The Bucks have outscored the Jacks 5-0 in the first two periods combined in the series…Odessa has three goals in the series, all in the third period
-Odessa had the second best power play during the regular season at 22.3% but in this series thus far they are without a PP goal in 13 chances…They have also allowed a SHG (Shawn Snider)…Laredo is 3 for 10 on the PP
-The Jacks have outshot the Bucks 78-49 during the first two games in the series

3- The Oklahoma City/Mississippi series has been just about as even as can be imagined through the first two games with the series tied at one win apiece. The Blazers will host the next two games at the Ford Center (on Wednesday and Thursday). The RiverKings are undefeated this season at the Ford Center going 4-0. The scoring has been spread out for the two teams with no players scoring twice as of yet in the series.

MIS/OKC Series Notes:
-All four wins for Mississippi in OKC this season have been by one goal
-The RiverKings have outshot the Blazers by a total of 20 shots (71-51) during the first two games of the series
-OKC goaltender and the league’s leader in GAA, Doug Groenestege, was replaced in Game Two by CHL All-Star Andy Franck due to an apparent leg injury and his status for Game Three is still undecided…Franck went 9-1-2 to start the season before an injury gave Groenestege the chances to step in and go 24-6-2 during the regular season…Franck finished with a 15-12-1 record

4- If you looked back at the regular season, the Texas Brahmas league-best 26-5-1 home record has to be quite intimidating for the opposition. The Killer Bees looked to be one of those teams that may not have been so intimidated winning one of three regular season games at NYTEX Sports Centre. Now the series heads South for three straight games starting Wednesday night. The Killer Bees won the only meeting in the Dodge Arena with the Brahmas.

TEX/RGV Series Notes:
-Jason Deitsch (TEX) has five points in the series leading all Brahmas…He has totaled two goals with three assists
-RGV defenseman Nathan Ansell, who had seven assists with a +6 through the first four games of the post-season, did not play on Sunday in Texas
-RGV signed college amateur Brennan Sarazin from R.I.T., in his pro debut, he scored a goal and had an assist

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