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Monday, Feb. 25th, 2008

The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (39-9-4) are the hottest team in the CHL winning six straight games and maintaining pace to capture their second straight Governors’ Cup Championship (CHL regular season champs). The Mudbugs currently have a nine point lead over Laredo for the highest point total in the CHL with 12 games remaining (Laredo only has 10 games remaining). Bossier-Shreveport has made most of their noise this season through defensive numbers with, statically, the best goaltending tandem in CHL history.

John DeCaro and Ken Carroll have provided quite the one-two punch as the duo have combined for a league-best 1.75 goals against average (CHL team record is 2.05 set by Colorado in the 2004-05 season.) and a CHL record 16 shutouts. In fact, 41% of the Bugs wins have come via shutouts and five times this season the Mudbugs have posted back-to-back shutouts. Their current scoreless minute streak stands at 124:50.

DeCaro is 22-5-3 this season (22-2-2 since his 0-3-1 start) and leads the league with a 1.66 GAA (the CHL’s individual record is 1.80 set by Colorado’s Tyler Weiman (2004-05). The second-year pro has already set the league record with 10 shutouts. His teammate, Carroll, has had a magnificent season of his own posting a 17-4-1 record with a 1.69 GAA (would also set the league record). Carroll has posted five shutouts and has set the career record with 26 CHL shutouts.

The Mudbugs as a team can set some other marks as the season winds down as they could tie the CHL record for wins in a season with 51 (must go 12-0 down the stretch) and can tie the most wins on the road in a single season (24 –need to go 7-0 in final road games).

This week, the Mudbugs play at Mississippi on Tuesday, home to Rocky Mountain on Thursday and at Texas on Saturday.

EAGLES SOARING IN NE DIVISION; RAGE REBOUND TO KEEP HOLD ON FIRST

Over each team’s last 20 games, the Colorado Eagles (31-15-5) have made up eight points on the Rocky Mountain Rage (32-14-5) going 17-7-1 over that span while watching the Rage post a 12-10-3 record. The teams split a pair of games this past weekend with each team winning on their home ice hence the Rage keeping first place in the Northeast Division in their grasp. Both teams have 13 games remaining this season with each team having seven home games remaining. Head-to-head, the Eagles and Rage meet two more times (March 11th and 12th)

THREE-WAY CHASE FOR SOUTHWEST DIVISION TITLE

The New Mexico Scorpions did what they had to do this past week by traveling to Arizona and taking two out of three games from the Sundogs in Tim’s Toyota Center. The strong play by the Scorpions moves them to within two points of first place in the SW Division (NMX has one more game played than both Odessa and Arizona). The Jacks have won three straight games and are now tied with the Sundogs for first place. Odessa has two more home games remaining than Arizona and the Jacks are 17-5-2 at home. The Sundogs begin a six-game road trip on Thursday that could make-or-break their season. The journey visits Amarillo, New Mexico, Colorado, Rocky Mountain, Odessa and then Amarillo again.

NOTES FROM AROUND THE CHL

Youngstown plays at home (12-8-3 on the season) for nine of their remaining 13 games…The Ice Bats top line of Brendan Cook-Mike Bartlett-Ted Vandermeer combined for nine goals and 11 assists in the team’s last three games, all wins…Austin is 15-7-0 since January 1st…Colorado is 162-5-7 all-time when leading going into the third period…Arizona has 81 PP goals (tops in the league) and leads the league with 25.1% success rate…Texas is 14-6-0 in their last 20 games…Scott Sheppard is five goals from 100 career CHL goals…Corpus Christi is just 2-11-1 in their last 14 games and are just 2-7-2 in their last 11 at home…Laredo’s Jeff Bes leads Arizona’s Alex Leavitt by three points in the CHL’s scoring leader race…Rocky Mountain’s Daymen Rycroft leads Bes by four goals in the CHL’s goal scoring department.



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