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New Mexico Scorpions Continue Climb In Southwest Division

Monday, Nov. 19th, 2007

After starting the season 1-4-1, the New Mexico Scorpions have turned things around winning six of their last seven games and moving to within two points of both Arizona and Odessa for first place in the Southwest Division. The Scorpions are currently on a three-game win streak outscoring their opponents 12-6 over that stretch. One of the biggest wins of the season thus far came on Sunday in a 5-4 victory over division-leading Arizona. Veteran defenseman Vladimir Hartinger scored a pair of goals for New Mexico. Veteran goaltender Mike Minard has won four straight starts allowing just nine goals over that stretch. The Scorpions visit South Texas this week for four straight games visiting Rio Grande Valley, Laredo twice and finishing with Corpus Christi.


The Rocky Mountain Rage currently sit on top of the Northwest Division with a five point cushion over the Colorado eagles thanks in large part to their current four-game win streak (the longest current streak in the CHL). The Rage are 9-1-1 including an outstanding 7-0-1 mark at home. Scott Reid continues to stay unblemished with a 6-0 record and a 2.60 GAA. Scott Wray remains on top of the CHL’s point list with 28 points (9-19=28) and a team-best +11. Wray has multiple-point games in eight of Rocky Mountain’s 11 games and has four goals and 10 helpers in his last four games. The Rage hit the road this week with games Wednesday, Friday and Saturday away from home (vs. Colorado, Tulsa and Texas). Rocky Mountain is 2-1-0 on the road this season.


The Colorado Eagles are starting to hit stride despite struggling somewhat defensively (4.08 goals allowed per game). Colorado has won three straight games, all at home, and are now 6-4-2 on the season. Injuries have played a big part for the Eagles this season with Chris Hartsburg, Ryan Tobler, Fraser Filipic and Erik Adams all out of the line-up. Goaltender Marco Emond returned from injury on Friday night and pushed the Eagles to back-to-back wins. Colorado has three more home game son their seven-game home stand (3-1-0 thus far) including a showdown with first place Rocky Mountain on Wednesday night.


After a 14-game road trip to start the season, the Youngstown SteelHounds are finally ready to drop the puck at the Chevrolet Centre in the 2007-08 season. The Hounds couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season as they earned points in 13 of their 14 games going 12-1-1. Their 25 points are the most in the CHL and the team now has just 18 road games compared to 32 home games remaining. The SteelHounds will meet the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs this weekend for a pair of games and then it is right back out on the road for five more games away from home. The SteelHounds currently have two players on re-call to the AHL, Stephen Margeson with Lake Erie and Petr Pohl with Syracuse. The Hounds did receive a boost via trade last week by acquiring Jason Baird from Corpus Christi. Baird scored the game winning goal in his first game with the Hounds, a 3-1 victory in Texas on Saturday night.


Rio Grande Valley turned around a tough stretch this past week by going 2-0-1 and earning five of six points. The Killer Bees had lost three in a row heading into Laredo on Tuesday but thanks to a great individual performance from goaltender Jeff Van Nynatten they were able to salvage a point. The Bees then won back-to-back home games defeating Corpus Christi and Austin. The Bees play another hot team on Wednesday with the New Mexico Scorpions coming to town (winners of three straight games). Rio Grande Valley has received strong play as of late from some core players with Dennis Maxwell, Rob Voltera and Travis Banga each boasting four-game point streaks. The Bees acquired forward Lance Herauf from Tulsa last week and he has made his presence known with three helpers in two games.


The Austin Ice Bats ended the CHL’s longest losing slide on Saturday night with a thrilling 5-4 shootout victory over Odessa. The shootout took 13 rounds and finally ended with Jason Tessier scoring the game winning goal…Tulsa’s Warren McCutcheon has a goal in each of the three games he has played since joining the Oilers…Tulsa has seen eight new faces play in a game in the month of November…The Texas Brahmas are 4-0 when Scott Sheppard scores a PP goal…The Laredo Bucks lead the CHL in goals (65), assists (112) and points (177)…The Bucks 11-3-0 start to the season is the best in franchise history…After an opening season road victory in Wichita, the OKC Blazers have lost six straight road games getting outscored 25-12…OKC’s Marty Standish needs just one point for 500 in his pro career…Wichita’s Travis Clayton moved past Jason Duda on the team’s all-time assist list on Saturday night (477) and in the same game passed Duda for third on the CHL all-time points list (788) and second on the CHL all-time games played list (642)...Corpus Christi (0-6-0) and Wichita (0-3-0) remain the only two teams without a road point this season…The Sundogs have the two longest point streaks in the CHL this season (both still active) with Tyler Redenbach finding a point in 11 straight games and Alex Leavitt in 10 straight games.

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