Scorpions run season-high win streak to four
RECORD TO DATE: 8-9-2 (18 points) T-4th place in Southwest Division
FRI Dec. 15 Arizona @ SCORPIONS 7:35 pm Santa Ana Star Center *FAITH NIGHT*
SAT Dec. 16 Arizona @ SCORPIONS 7:05 pm Santa Ana Star Center
*TOYS FOR TOTS TOY DRIVE*
The rivals return to New Mexico as the Scorpions will continue to see the Sundogs this month. Arizona ruined the opening of the Santa Ana Star Center with a win Oct. 27, but the Scorpions paid them back with a weekend sweep in Arizona two weekends ago.
Friday night is "Faith Night" at the Scorpions game. All religious groups are encouraged to get a group together for a fun night of hockey, inspiration and a post-game concert on the concourse.
Saturday night the annual Toy Drive culminates. This will be the final night the Scorpions collect toys to benefit "Toys For Tots". Toys For Tots distributes toys to New Mexico 's children who are in need this holiday season.
Season Series: Scorpions lead 2-1-0 All Time Series: Scorpions lead 2-1-0
Fri. Dec. 8 Oklahoma City @ SCORPIONS (6-3 WIN) 7:35 pm Santa Ana Star Center
Friday, the Scorpions celebrated their tenth anniversary night in style with a 6-3 win over Oklahoma City . The win was the Scorpions third in a row and fifth straight game in which they collected a point.
As the Scorpions honored former player and current Assistant Coach Randy Murphy by inducting him into the Scorpions Hall of Fame, his current players made sure to give lasting memories.
Mike Falk continued his power play brilliance adding two more goals with the man advantage to help lead the Scorps' with three points on the night. Oklahoma City enjoyed a lead early as Jared Dumba scored his first of two goals 2:48 into the contest.
The Scorpions took control in the middle of the first period and never looked back. After Falk tied the game, four minutes later Chris Robertson gave New Mexico the lead for good. Late in the first period, Lance Herauf registered his fifth goal of the season giving the Scorpions three first period goals, their most on home ice this season.
The goals settled down in the second period as the hitting heated up. The lone goal of the middle period may have been the prettiest goal of the night. Craig MacDonald pushed the puck down the ice and Konrad Reeder caught up to it before anyone else. Reeder patiently waited for Ryan McLeod to join the rush and delivered a perfect tape-to-tape pass to the fellow rookie. McLeod lit the lamp for the ninth time this season giving the Scorps' their biggest lead of the game.
Dumba attempted to get the Blazers back into the contest with his second goal of the game 3:45 into the third period. The Scorpions quickly clamped down and again extended their lead. Falk finished his big night before Jake Brenk finished the Scorpions scoring only 32-seconds later. Dallas Flaman closed the scoring with his fifth goal of the year 10:32 into the final frame.
Scorpions' goalie David Cacciola had another strong performance making 29 saves. It was Cacciola's third win in as many games in a New Mexico jersey.
SAT Dec. 9 Rocky Mountain @SCORPIONS (4-3 WIN) 7:05 pm Santa Ana Star Center
The Scorpions continued their great play with a 4-3 home victory over Rocky Mountain . The win was the fourth victory in a row for New Mexico , a season high.
Things started out much like last night with the Scorpions falling behind early. Anders Strome scored his team leading tenth goal 2:22 into the game giving Rocky Mountain their only lead of the game.
Unlike last night, the Scorpions waited until the later stages of the game to stage their comeback. Chris Robertson registered his eight goal of the season 5:28 into the second period, tying the game at one.
As penalties filled the late stages of the second period and the early part of the third period, New Mexico used its special teams to push towards the victory. The final period started with the Scorps' on the power play and Aaron MacInnis gave his team their first lead of the game with a power play goal 19-seconds in.
Robb Guinn was sent to the box on the next shift, putting the Scorpions were two men down. Mike Prpich didn't seem to mind being shorthanded and won a draw forward, to himself. With open ice in front of him, he barreled down and shot the puck past Rage goalie David Guerrera giving the Scorps' the 3-1 edge. It was the first time this year New Mexico has scored while down two men.
Things got interesting late in the game. Clay Plume scored his first goal of the season, on the power play, with just under three minutes to go, cutting the Scorpions lead down to one. The Rage pulled Guerrera, in favor of the extra attacker. Craig MacDonald made them pay as he took a Ryan McLeod face-off win the length of the ice and slipped it into the open net.
Rocky Mountain made one last comeback attack in the final minute when John DiPace notched his second goal of the season drawing the Rage to within one. Scorpions' goalie David Cacciola had enough and stopped the final shots he faced securing his fourth victory in as many games as the Scorps' net minder.
Robertson's goal may have tied the game up, but the centerman's work on face-offs may have helped his team more. The Scorpions' assistant captain took 20 draws on the night, winning 18 of them.
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- Tue. Dec. 12-"TIP A SCORP' NIGHT"- On this night the Scorpions will set aside their hockey uniforms for a different type of outfit. Players will serve as waiters and hosts from 6-9 p.m. All "tips" the Scorpions receive while serving patrons will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico. In addition, Boston 's The Gourmet Pizza will donate 10% of all proceeds during these three hours. Boston's is located off I-25 and Jefferson.
- Wed. Dec. 13-"COACH'S SHOW"-Join Adam Minnick along with assistant coach Randy Murphy at the All Star Bar & Grill inside the Santa Ana Star Casino from 6-7pm for the monthly "Coach's Show." This is your chance to ask anything Scorpions and hockey related. If you can't make it in person listen to the show on 610 The Sports Animal. Adam and Randy will also take calls on the air during the hour-long show.
- Fri. Dec. 15-"FAITH NIGHT"-Bring your religious group out to the annual "Faith Night" extravaganza. The night is more than just your average exciting Scorpions game. Following the game will be an inspiring post-game concert on the North Concourse.
- Sat. Dec. 16-"TOY DRIVE"-The Toys For Tots toy drive will culminate on Saturday night at the Santa Ana Star Center . Fans are welcome to bring new, unwrapped toys to help benefit those less fortunate during this holiday season.
- Sat. Dec. 16-"POST GAME PARTY"-After the Scorpions battle the Arizona Sundogs join the players and staff at the All Star Bar & Grill inside the Santa Ana Star Casino for a post game party. Players will be on hand for autographs and Ray Edwards will hold his weekly "Chalk Talk" at the event.
- Fri. Dec. 22-"TEDDY BEAR TOSS"-The Scorpions are introducing a new tradition to the hockey fans of New Mexico . The 1st Annual Teddy Bear Toss is fun for all. After the Scorpions score their first goal against Lubbock , fans will be invited to throw teddy bears on the ice. All the bears will be collected and donated to various local charities that focus on the helping youth in the State of New Mexico.
- WEEKEND BROADCAST SCHEDULE-This weekend's games can be heard on 610 The Sports Animal. For Scorpions fans outside the listening area, you can hear all Scorpions games online by visiting scorpionshockey.com: Broadcast Schedule
. Don't forget that CHLTV is the perfect place to watch Scorpions games online. Visit LiveSportsNetwork
for more details.
SCORPIONS IN THE COMMUNITY:
Tue. Dec. 12-6-9 p.m.-Tip A Scorpion night at Boston's the Gourmet Pizza to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico. Boston's is located off I-25 on Jefferson.
Tue. Dec. 12-7 p.m.-Players will visit with Cub Scout Pack 171 and talk hockey.
Thu. Dec. 14-1 p.m.-The Scorpions will visit Roosevelt Elementary School for a "reading with the students" event.
Sat. Dec. 16-2 p.m.-Sabana Grande Community will be getting lunch served by two Scorpions players.
The Scorpions continue a season long five game home stand this weekend.
New Mexico 's penalty kill has been successful 89.2% (25-28) over the last five games.
The power play has scored at least one goal in each of the last four games.
Saturday night the Scorpions shot a season high 41 shots on goal against Rocky Mountain .
ROB GUINN is second in the CHL with 13 power play assists.
LANCE HERAUF is tied for the rookie lead with 22 points and leads all rookies with 17 assists.
MIKE FALK's eight power play goals tie him for most among CHL rookies.
CHRIS ROBERTSON has 13 points (6G, 7A) in the last 10 games.