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Oakley CHL Player & Goaltender of the Week Announced

The Week Ten recipients of the Oakley CHL Player and Goaltender of the Week awards have been determined. New Mexico right winger Mike Falk has been selected as the Oakley CHL Player of the Week after a pair of multiple point outings that led the Scorpions to back to back victories, while Colorado netminder Marco Emond has been tabbed Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week after recording two wins and his second shutout of the season for the Eagles.

Falk has played a key role in New Mexico's recent resurgence with 16 points in his last 10 games, during which the Scorpions are undefeated in regulation with a 7-0-3 mark. During the past week he scored both his 10th and 11th goals of the season and added an assist in a 6-2 home win over Lubbock on December 22nd, then assisted on a pair of New Mexico goals in a 4-1 victory at Arizona the next night. Falk is currently riding a seven game point streak, and has points in 10 of his last 12 contests.

Emond continues to post impressive numbers for the Northwest Division leading Eagles, winning his 14th and 15th games of the season over the past week. He made 18 saves Friday night as Colorado handled visiting Wichita 4-2, then turned in his second shutout of the season on Saturday night, stopping all 36 Rocky Mountain shots in a 5-0 win that gave Colorado their CHL-leading 19th victory of the year. Emond ranks in the CHL's top 10 with a 2.75 goals against average, and his 15 wins are second to only the 16 recorded by Larry Sterling of the Memphis RiverKings.

Oakley CHL Player of the Week, Week 10

Mike Falk, New Mexico Scorpions

Position: Right Wing

Height: 5-10

Weight: 180

Date of Birth: March 13, 1981

Hometown: Davisburg, Michigan

Weekly Totals Season Totals

Games Played: 2 Games Played: 22

Goals: 2 Goals 11

Assists: 3 Assists: 12

Points: 5 Points: 23

Plus/Minus +3 Plus/Minus: -3

Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week, Week 10

Marco Emond, Colorado Eagles

Position: Goaltender

Height: 5-10

Weight: 185

Date of Birth: November 20, 1977

Hometown: Valleyfield, Quebec

Weekly Totals Season Totals

Games Played: 2 Games Played: 18

Record: 2-0-0 Record: 15-2-0

Saves: 54 Saves: 500

Shots: 56 Shots: 548

Save %: .964 Save %: .914

Shutouts: 1 Shutouts: 2

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Tonight's match-up

Turnpike Series Continues: The Tulsa Oilers square off tonight against the Oklahoma City Blazers for the fourth time this season, and first here in Tulsa.

Records: Oilers are 11-8-4 with 26 points in fourth place in the Northeast Division. Oklahoma City is 14-7-3 with 31 points in second place in the Northwest Division.

Recent Action: The Oilers snapped a four game winless streak and extended the Blazers winless streak to four games in a big way last night. The Oilers scored a season high 8 goals en route to an 8-4 win. Tulsa had a big second period, scoring six goals, also a season high for most goals in a period.

Season Series: This is the fourth of 11 games between these two teams. The Blazers are in the midst of three straight games against the Oilers. The Oilers will host the Blazers five times between now and January 23rd.

Hitting A Hundred: The Oilers big explosion last night gives them 98 goals on the season, tops in the CHL and puts them on the verge of being the first team to hit 100. The Oilers lead the CHL averaging 4.26 goals a game.

Seven Score: While Abraham Lincoln made the phrase "Four Score and seven..." the Oilers now have seven players who have at least a score (20 or more) points. Four players-David Masse (33 points), Mike Wiggins (31), David Alexandre Beauregard (31) and Jaroslav Cesky (30) have already hit the 30 point plateau. The others with at least 20 points are Bryan LaChapelle (29), Matt Medley (22) and Spencer Carbery (21).

Joseph Back: Oiler right winger Marlon Joseph is coming off injured reserve and is expected to play tonight.

Dearle Out: Oklahoma City left winger Graham Dearle is suspended for tonight's game for his hit on Brent McMann last night that drew a major penalty and a game misconduct.

Next Up: The Oilers continue their busiest week of the season playing at Amarillo on Friday at 7:05. That game can be heard on KRVT AM 1270 and via the internet at The Official Site of the Tulsa Oilers. They return home Saturday against the Blazers at 7:35 p.m.

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Rocky Mountain Rage Weekly Update

LAST WEEK'S RECORD: 0-1-0 OVERALL RECORD: 6-15-3, 15 pts., 4th Place Northwest Division

Dec. 21 vs. Lubbock Cotton Kings, PPD - Postponed due to the Holiday Blizzard, the Cotton Kings and Rage will make-up this game on Feb. 28 at Broomfield Event Center.

Dec. 23 @ Colorado Eagles, 5-0 Loss - A scoreless game mid-way through the second period, the Eagles scored twice in a five minute span to take a 2-0 lead to the third. When they struck again on the power play at 1:04 of the final period, Colorado was well on its way to handing the Rage their fourth shutout loss of the season.


Wednesday, Dec. 27 @ Arizona Sundogs, 7:05 p.m. MST - The Rage return from a brief break for Christmas with another opportunity to end what has grown into a 13-game road winless streak. Catch the live play-by-play action on KLZ 560 AM beginning with the pre-game show at 6:50 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 29 vs. Austin Ice Bats, 7:05 p.m. MST - First and only meeting of the season against the Ice Bats. The first 2,500 fans will receive a Rage Travel Mug courtesy of Champion Ford of Boulder. Catch the live play-by-play action on KLZ 560 AM beginning with the pre-game show at 6:50 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 31 @ Oklahoma City Blazers, 6:35 p.m. MST - Rocky Mountain says good-bye to 2006 with a clash against the Northwest Division rival Blazers. Catch the live play-by-play action on KLZ 560 AM beginning with the pre-game show at 6:20 p.m.

NOTES * With nine of their 12 head-to-head meetings in the books, the Rage are now 2-6-1 against the Colorado Eagles this season.

* Winless over their last seven (0-6-1) as the week begins, the Rage's last win was a 2-1 shootout decision over the Wichita Thunder on Dec. 2.

* Since an opening night win on the road against the Eagles on Oct. 20, Rocky Mountain is 0-11-2 away from Broomfield Event Center.

* Anders Strome (12g-7a) and Mark Wires (7g-12a) are tied for the team scoring lead with 19 points apiece.

* Goaltender David Guererra leads the Central Hockey League with 616 saves and is second in minutes played with 1,121:34.

* Adam Stefishen (94 PIM) and Jordan Little (93 PIM) lead the Rage in penalty minutes this season. Stefishen has the fourth most fighting majors in the league with eight, while Little has dropped the gloves five times.

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Bugs Rally Past Riverkings 4-2

BOSSIER CITY, LA -- The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs hosted the Memphis RiverKings for the second time in four nights at CenturyTel Center and both teams picked up where they left off on Friday. The Mudbugs went down 1-0 after Rick Kozak scored on the powerplay. The Bugs answered on a powerplay of their own as Jason Williamson held the point and fed a wide open Chris Abbott who lifted the puck by Larry Sterling. The Mudbugs took the lead when Dan Wildfong carried the puck in on a shorthanded opportunity. He circled out of the corner and fed the puck back to Forbes MacPherson on the weak side who beat Larry Sterling for his first shorthanded goal of the year.

The second period was filled with back and forth action but no scoring by either team.

Memphis tied it up in the third on a powerplay goal by Travis Banga. The Mudbugs forecheck would not slow down late in the game. Daniel Pegoraro made quick work of a turnover and raced into the attacking zone with Karlis Zirnis. Pegoraro nudged the puck over to Zirnis who tapped it past Memphis goaltender Larry Sterling for the go ahead goal. Daniel Pegoraro tacked on the empty net goal and the Mudbugs skated away with a 4-2 win.

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RiverKings fall 4-2 at Bossier-Shreveport

Bossier City, LA --- Goalie John DeCaro stopped 34 of 36 shots to help the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs to a 4-2 win over the Memphis RiverKings Tuesday night at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, LA. Rick Kozak and Travis Banga each scored power play goals to account for the RiverKings' goals. The RiverKings now head to Youngstown for a two game series with the second place Steelhounds on Friday and Saturday. The RiverKings remain four points ahead of Youngstown in the Northeast Division heading into the big showdown in eastern Ohio.

Kozak started the scoring with his ninth of the season and his eighth in the last seven games at 10:58 of the first. The Mudbugs scored the next two to make it a 2-1 score. That score would last through the first and second periods. Banga's goal, his team leading 15th, tied the game at 7:11 of the third period, but Karlis Zirnis scored what would be the game winner at 13:52. Daniel Pegoraro slipped in an empty netter to round out the scoring with 1:05 left.

The RiverKings outshot the Mudbugs 36-23 for the game and 30-11 in the second and third periods.

Both games this weekend in Youngstown will be 6:05 CST starts.


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Don't miss the next Kevin McClelland Show on Tuesday, January 2 LIVE from Beef O' Brady's in Southaven from 6-7 on Sports 56 WHBQ.

RiverKings Single-Game Tickets for all 2006-2007 home games are on sale now at the DeSoto Civic Center box office and at all TicketMaster locations.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: Sunday, January 7 --- Post Game Skate with Players; Tuesday, January 9 --- WMC TV Channel 5 CheerStix to first 1,500 fans; Friday, January 12 --- Cellular South Darrell Stoddard Mini Bobbleheads to first 1,500 fans; Post Game Skate; Friday, January 19 --- RiverKings Drawsting Backpacks to the first 1,500 fans; Post Game Skate

After every RiverKings home game, the party heads to the new Buffalo Wild Wings on Airways in Southaven, the official Post Game Hang-Out of the RiverKings.

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Scorpions move near top of standings


WED Dec. 27 Colorado @ SCORPIONS 7:35 p.m. Santa Ana Star Center


Get out of your house after the holidays and enjoy a battle against two of the league's best teams. The Colorado Eagles and Scorpions will meet Wednesday night in New Mexico in a battle of first place teams. The Scorpions have collected a point in 10 straight games, while Colorado has a point in their last eight games.

Season Series: Colorado leads 2-0-0 All Time Series: Colorado leads

FRI Dec. 29 Arizona @ SCORPIONS 7:35 p.m. Santa Ana Star Center


SAT Dec. 30 SCORPIONS @Arizona 7:35 p.m. Tim's Toyota Center

SUN Dec. 31 SCORPIONS @Arizona 8:05 p.m. Tim's Toyota Center

Come see the Stanley Cup, awarded to the NHL champion, at the Scorpions game versus Arizona Friday night. The league's newest and hottest rivalry continues, as the Scorpions will host Arizona before heading back to Prescott Valley for two more games.

The Scorpions and Sundogs have met five times already in December and the Scorpions have won four of the five meetings. Each team will look to defend their home ice, something that has only been done once in the season series

Season Series: Scorpions lead 4-1-1 All Time Series: Scorpions lead 4-1-1


Fri. Dec. 22 Lubbock @ SCORPIONS (6-2 WIN) 7:35 p.m. Santa Ana Star Center

Lubbock on home ice Friday night. The win gave the Scorpions points in nine straight games.

It was teddy bear toss night at the Santa Ana Star Center and Mike Falk let the stuffed animals rain down from the stands with his tenth goal of the season 14:17 into the opening frame. The Scorpions lead grew to two when Aaron MacInnis rifled a power play goal to the back of the net.

Lubbock fought back cutting the lead down to one with a bouncing puck goal. Paul McBrien got credit for his first goal of the season as the puck ricocheted off his body and into the net.

The fans were treated to the most exciting play in hockey with 2:08 to go in the first period. Craig Macdonald was awarded a penalty shot, but could not convert. It was the first penalty shot of the year attempted by New Mexico .

The Scorpions kept the momentum as Lance Herauf wrapped a goal into the net with just 17-seconds remaining in the opening frame. Newcomer Ryan VandenBussche was credited with the assist.

The Cotton Kings used an early second period power play to cut the lead back down to one when Mike Carter lit the lamp for the second time this year. For the second time in the game, the Scorpions grabbed back momentum quickly, scoring 43-seconds later.

MacInnis found Falk in the neutral zone and started a three-on-one fast break. Falk looked to pass the puck across, but Lubbock 's Jason Beatty's leg got in the way. Fortunately, for the Scorpions the puck deflected off Beatty's leg and into the Cotton Kings' net.

New Mexico extended their lead again as Ryan McLeod won the draw to Lance Herauf. Herauf's shot was initially saved but McLeod was there to put the rebound home, giving the Scorpions a 5-2 lead heading into the second intermission.

The third period was dominated by physical play. Both teams flexed their muscles as the gloves were dropped five different times. The lone offense came off the stick of Matt Frick with under 10-seconds remaining. Jamie Herrington, in his first Scorpions game, won the draw back to Frick who beat goalie J.F. Perras for his first goal of the season.

David Cacciola continued his stellar play in net since being traded to New Mexico . The Scorpions net minder made 25 saves, earning his sixth victory in six games in a Scorpions' jersey.

SAT Dec. 23 SCORPIONS @ Arizona (4-1 WIN) 7:30 pm Tim's Toyota Center

The New Mexico Scorpions scorched the Arizona Sundogs 4-1 Saturday night. The win coupled with a Lubbock loss, moved the Scorpions into first place in the Southwest Division.

The game started out at a feverish pace with very few whistles and lots of action. Each team used its speed moving the puck all over the ice. The Scorpions got on the board first when Jamie Herrington notched his first goal as a member of New Mexico 14:15 into the contest.

After things finished with physical play in the first period, the Scorpions extended their lead in the second frame. Vladimir Hartinger scored his fourth goal of the year when Peter Kennedy dropped a pass to the veteran defenseman and Hartinger ripped the shit past goalie Kris Mayotte's glove.

Things got close in the third period when Chris Bartolone's shot hit Chris Robertson's leg and fluttered over goalie Scott Reid's head and into the net. The Scorpions wasted no time grabbing back the momentum.

Only 36-seconds later, Ryan McLeod checked his man off the puck and passed it to Lance Herauf. Herauf worked to the net and put the puck past Mayotte 's legs, giving the Scorpions their two goal lead back. Chris Robertson added a late empty net goal for the three-goal victory.


- DECEMBER INTERNET HOLIDAY TICKET SPECIAL-Go "ALL IN" and get your Corner Seat for only $16 when ordering online during the month of December. That is a savings of $6.

- Wed. Dec. 27-"GET OUT OF YOUR HOUSE NIGHT"-The Scorpions wants you to get out of the house Wednesday. Grab the family, neighbors, heck people you don't even know and get to the Scorpions game for a night of fun and exciting hockey. Ticket packages will include a ticket, hot dog and soda for only $19.

- Fri., Dec. 29-"STANLEY CUP NIGHT"-The world's most revered trophy, the Stanley Cup will be inside the Santa Ana Star Center . Come take pictures with the NHL's championship award. This once in a lifetime opportunity is something any sports fan would not want to miss.

- Fri. Jan. 5-"BEAUTY AND ELVIS NIGHT"-The Scorpions will celebrate Elvis' Birthday at the Santa Ana Star Center . Elvis will be in the building and performing live for your enjoyment. Joining Elvis will be the most beautiful women in New Mexico . Miss News , Mrs. New , Miss Rio Rancho and Miss Albuquerque will be in attendance greeting the fans.

- Sat. Jan. 6-"SALUTE TO THE MILITARY NIGHT, presented by the U.S. ARMY"-Come out and help the Scorpions salute our military. The annual event will feature videos, photos and special tributes to the soldiers who are currently serving our great country, those who have fallen in battle and those who are now retired from active duty. The Scorpions will wear special "Stars and Stripes" jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game. The post-game auction will benefit families of soldiers who are currently stationed overseas through the New Mexico Scorpions Charitable Foundation.

- WEEKEND BROADCAST SCHEDULE-This week games can be heard on 610 The Sports Animal on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday fans can tune into 1050 KTBL for all the live play-by-play. For Scorpions fans outside the listening area, you can hear all Scorpions games online by visiting Broadcast Schedule. Don't forget that CHLTV is the perfect place to watch Scorpions games online. Visit LiveSportsNetwork for more details.


Keep your eyes open as the Scorpions will be around town visiting with many different people during the final week of 2006. Check out Community Promotions/Events for further information.


The Scorpions have collected a point in 10 straight games, a CHL season high.

This is the first time the Scorpions are in first place since Nov. 19, 2004.

New Mexico has collected 18 points on home ice, fourth most in the league.

The Scorpions average 3.5 goals per game, fifth best in the CHL.


MIKE FALK has registered 10 assists in his last seven games.

CHRIS ROBERTSON has picked up at least a point in the last eight games.

ROBB GUINN is fourth in the CHL with 22 assists.

LANCE HERAUF leads al rookies with 28 points.
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