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Bears In The Air: The Tulsa Oilers, who have earned 13 of a possible 14 standings points in their last seven Central hockey league games, host the Youngstown SteelHounds tonight. It's the Oilers annual Teddy Bear toss to benefit the Salvation Army. Fans will throw Teddy Bears onto the ice after the first Oilers goal. The bears will then be collected and donated to the Salvation Army for distribution.

Records: Oilers are 10-6-3 with 23 points, tied for third place in the Northeast Division. Youngstown is 10-6-5 with 25 points in second place in the Northeast Division.

Season Series: This is the fifth of six meetings between these two teams. The Oilers are 3-1-0 against Youngstown, with one of the wins coming in a shootout (5-4 in Youngstown Nov. 16), so Youngstown record in the head to head series is 1-2-1. The Oielrs won the most recent meeting, 5-2, November 28th in Tulsa.

Recent Action: The Oilers saw their longest winning streak since 2002 end at six games with 5-4 shootout loss to the Memphis RiverKings at home on Tuesday night. Youngstown is playing its first game since last Saturday night, when the SteelHounds lost 6-3 in Oklahoma City.

Goals Galore: Tonight has the potential to be a high scoring affair. The Oilers rank first in the CHL in goals per game (4.37) and Youngstown is third in goals per game (3.81). Additionally, Youngstown has the top two scorers in the league in Chris Richards and Jeff Christian (each with 38 points). The Oilers have four players among the league leaders, David Alexandre Beauregard (tied for 5th with 29 points); Mike Wiggins and David Masse (tied for 8th with 28 points) and Bryan LaChapelle (tied for 10th with 27 points).

Now In The Lead: The longest scoring streak in the CHL this season now belongs to the Oilers Spencer Carbery who has at least one point in 11 straight games. In the stretch, Carbery has six goals and nine assists for 15 points.

Next Up: The Oilers continue their three game set of games against Northeast Divisional opponents tomorrow night when they travel to Memphis to take on the RiverKings at 7:05 p.m. That game can be heard on KRVT AM 1270, and also via the internet at The Official Site of the Tulsa Oilers . The Oilers will be shooting their fifth straight road win, which would give them the longest road winning streak in the league this year. Youngstown returns to Oklahoma City to play tomorrow night.
 

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Sundogs Partner with McWhite's North American Van Lines to Donate Toys to Children

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - The Arizona Sundogs have teamed up with McWhite's North American Van Lines and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona to donate toys to underprivileged children in Northern Arizona.

On Monday, December 18, Arizona Sundogs players will be on hand at the Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley at 3:30pm to donate toy trucks to children courtesy of McWhite's North American Van Lines.

The children, identified and selected by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Yavapai and the Prescott Valley Police Department, will take a tour of the Tim's Toyota Center before ending in the Arizona Sundogs Locker Room where players will be waiting with the toys.

"We're excited to be able to help spread the joy of the Holiday season in Northern Arizona," said Sundogs Vice President Brent Thiessen. "Everyone deserves this opportunity, especially children."
 

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Rage's Anneck Placed on Injured Reserve

Broomfield, Colo. - The Rocky Mountain Rage placed right wing Dorian Anneck on 14-day injured reserve today. The 10th-year pro was injured during a scramble in front of the net during Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Oklahoma City Blazers.

The Rage continue a season-long four-game home stand tonight when they host the Colorado Eagles at Broomfield Event Center at 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans will receive a Rage Hockey Jersey Koozie courtesy of Total Beverage.

Following every Rage goal tonight, the Total Beverage Lounge inside the BEC will offer $2 draft beers.

The Rage and Eagles will then square-off again tomorrow at Broomfield Event Center at 7:05 p.m. when the first 2,500 fans will receive a Rage Foam Finger courtesy of Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, Stryker Physiotherapy Associates, and Front Range Orthopedic Center.

Tomorrow night's game will also feature the Rage's First Annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are asked to bring brand new stuffed animals to the game and throw them onto the ice during the first intermission. The stuffed animals will then be donated to local police and fire department outreach programs.

Finally, the Rage will wear specialty holiday jerseys tomorrow evening, which will be auctioned off following the game to benefit the Broomfield Sports and Entertainment Foundation.

Single-game tickets for all Rage home games are on sale with prices ranging from $15-$40 per seat. Tickets may be purchased online at broomfieldeventcenter.com: Home, by calling 303-410-TIXS, or at the Broomfield Event Center box office (11450 Broomfield Ln., Broomfield, 80021). Season tickets, mini-packs, and group plans are also available for the 2006-07 season by calling 303-439-RAGE. For more information, visit Rocky Mountain Rage.
 

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Sundogs to Play Host to Sports' Greatest Trophy on December 30th

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - The Arizona Sundogs today announced that sports' greatest trophy, the Stanley Cup will be on hand at the Tim's Toyota Center on December 30 while the Sundogs take on Southwest Division Rival, the New Mexico Scorpions. Game time is set for 7:30pm.

Fans in attendance can view the Stanley Cup on the concourse throughout the game and can also opt to have their photograph taken with the Cup for $5.00.

A Brief History: The Stanley Cup, when first donated to hockey in 1893 by Canada's sixth governor general, Lord Frederick Arthur Stanley, was nothing more than an elaborate punchbowl. But its significance, and its size, increased exponentially through the years.

The design of the Stanley Cup has been acknowledged as 'perfect' by players and fans alike. Standing 35.25 inches tall, the design is recognized world-wide and is one of the true icons of sport. Because of its age, legacy and shape, the Stanley Cup has an aura about it that no other sport can claim. It is also one of the few trophies on which the champions have their names engraved.

The Stanley Cup, along with HHOF employee and Stanley Cup curator Mike Bolt, will make several stops in Central Hockey League markets, coming directly from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.

To purchase tickets for December 30 or for any other home games, visit GetTix.Net, call 1-866-4-GET-TIX (1-866-443-8849) or stop by the Tim's Toyota Center Box Office at 3201 N. Main St. in Prescott Valley.
 

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Rayz Edge Kings 3-2 in Shootout

Corpus Christi, TX - Kevin Waters' shootout goal in the seventh round of the shootout was the difference, as the Corpus Christi Rayz defeated the Lubbock Cotton Kings 3-2 in overtime Friday night. The overtime loss extends the Kings winless streak to four games (0-3-1) and it was their first ever loss inside the American Bank Center (3-0-1).

The Rayz jumped out to a 1-0 lead 3:06 into the game with Ryan Carter redirecting a shot by Nicklas Lindberg past J.F. Perras. The Kings ended their season high scoring drought at 87:39 with a goal by Trevor Weisgerber halfway through the period to tie the game at 1-1. Lubbock closed the period with a goal by Jimmy Callahan with 51-seconds remaining to take a 2-1 lead. Mike Carter was able to force the puck in front of the net, where Callahan, waiting at the doorstep of the crease, slammed it past Rayz goaltender Brent Zelenewich for his first goal since November 17th and ninth of the season.

Corpus Christi kept the Kings off the board in the second period and tied the contest up 4:02 into the period with a power play goal. A rebound off a shot from the right circle deflected off the leg pads of Perras right to Watters in the left circle, who fired it past Perras.

After a scoreless third period, the two teams played an eventful overtime. Lubbock received a power play opportunity in overtime, but they surrendered three shorthanded breakaways. Perras was huge in overtime for the Kings, turning away all three breakaways and a total of seven shots in the extra session. The Kings found themselves shorthanded late in overtime and they were able to hold off the Rayz to force the shootout.

The shootout went seven rounds deep, with Lubbock receiving goals from Trevor Weisgerber and Bobby Brown, while the Rayz received shootout tallies from Jason Baird and Carter prior to Watters' game winner.

Perras stopped 40 of 42 shots in the overtime loss and his record drops to 4-4-1. Zelenewich improved his record to 3-4-1 on the season with a 36-save performance. Lubbock struggled on the power play, going scoreless on seven attempts, while the Rayz converted on one of five chances.

The Kings travel back to Lubbock to host the Laredo Bucks Saturday night at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Lubbock carries a 10-9-2 record into the contest.
 

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Bucks Beat Bats 5-1

LAREDO, Texas - The defending CHL President's Cup Champion Laredo Bucks got two goals apiece from forwards Jeff Bes and Igor Agarunov as they beat the Austin Ice Bats 5-1 in front of 4,872 fans at the LEC on Friday night. Laredo won their second straight game and fifth in the last six as they improved to a Southern Conference best 14-7-2 with 30 points. The Bucks are home on Friday, December 22nd, against Corpus Christi. The first 2,500 fans receive a Coach Terry Ruskowski Bobblehead doll courtesy of AT&T and Cingular. Fans can get four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas (a $100 value) for $48. The Bucks are offering a family four pack of season tickets for the 2006-07 CHL regular season, which works out to just over $7 a seat per game and is a 48 % savings off walkup prices. For more info on 2006-07 Bucks season tickets log onto Laredo Bucks or call (956) 718-BUCK (2825).

Laredo drew first blood as Agarunov teed up a shot from the top of the left circle that banked in off an Ice Bats defenseman at 4:07. It was the sixth of the year for Agarunov. Late in the first period Bes gunned a soft wrister from the top of the right circle that snuck into the net at 18:33 to make it 2-0 Laredo. It was the fifth of the season for Bes and extended his point streak to seven straight games.

Early in the second the Bucks extended their lead as Bes scored on a wrist shot from the slot on a power play at 1:59 to make it 3-0. With Austin looking to get back in the game on a power play chance, instead Laredo increased their advantage. Defenseman Paul Elliott connected for his first of the season on a great feed from forward Serge Dube at 7:30. Austin got on the scoreboard as forward Henry Kuster tipped in a centering pass on a power play at 9:18.

In the third period Agarunov put the game away with his second of the night as he capitalized on a breakaway at 13:16. FINAL SCORE Laredo 5, Austin 1.

Kevin Reiter was strong in net stopping 28 of 29 shots as he improved to 1-1-0. Kevin Couture allowed five goals on 36 shots and fell to 4-5-0. The Bucks were 1-6 on the power play while Austin went 1-6. Laredo out shot the Ice Bats 36-29.

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Gamesheet: Austin at Laredo - Fri, Dec 15, 2006

2006-07 BUCKS SINGLE GAME TICKETS ON SALE

- Single game tickets for the Bucks start at $14.95. Of the 32 home games, 25 will take place on either a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Game times will remain the same for the 2006-07 season. Weekday games begin at 7 p.m., while Friday and Saturday night games are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday games will be at 4 p.m.

2006-07 BUCKS SEASON TICKETS

- The Bucks are offering a family four pack of season tickets for the 2006-07 CHL regular season, that works out to just over $7 a seat per game and is a 48 % savings off walkup prices. For more info contact a Bucks season ticket representative at (956) 718-BUCK (2825).

BECOME A BUCKS CORPORATE PARTNER

- Your company can become a vital part of the Laredo Bucks family by reaching our fans with your business message. To create a customized advertising package for your company, contact Summer Barrera at (956) 523-7723 or [email protected].

BUCKS IN THE COMMUNITY

- To schedule an appearance by a Bucks player, coach, or member of the front office staff call Traci Melendez at (956) 718-BUCK (2825) or email her at [email protected].

POST-GAME SKATES

- There will be post-game skates at the LEC following Friday, Saturday and Sunday games. The only exceptions will be if there is a post-game jersey auction, there will not be a post-game skate.

BUCKS ON THE AIR

- Listen to every Bucks game, home and away, on Norteno 1490. You can also hear the Bucks online at Laredo Bucks.

BUCKS HIGHLIGHTS ONLINE

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Eagles Strike in Overtime, Beat Rage 4-3

BROOMFIELD, CO- Ryan Tobler had two goals including the game-winning goal in overtime as the Colorado Eagles defeated the Rocky Mountain Rage Friday night 4-3 at the Broomfield Event Center. Colorado improved their record to 16-4-0 for 32 points and remain in first place in the Northwest Division. Craig Strain had a goal and an assist and Marco Emond saved 37 of 40 shots for his league-leading 13th win of the season. Nathan Rosychuk scored two goals for the Rage who are now 6-13-3 and in fourth place in the Northwest Division. The Eagles and Rage will play again Saturday night at the Broomfield Event Center at 7:05 p.m.

Only 46 seconds into the contest, the Eagles and Rage were tied at one goal apiece. On Rocky Mountain's first rush of the game, Nathan Rosychuck scored on assists from Jordan Little and Matic Kralj. The goal came only 19 seconds into the period, but the Eagles answered right back on a goal by Craig Strain. His goal came only 46 seconds into the period, and Garrett Larson earned his second assist in as many games on the play. Seth Leonard and Riley Nelson hooked up to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead at the 4:59 mark. Leonard skated behind the net and centered a pass to Nelson who beat Rage goaltender David Guerrera through the five hole. Nathan Rosychuk answered for Rocky Mountain when he skated in on a two-on-one with Kyle Kos and beat Eagles goaltender Marco Emond for a shorthanded goal. The score remained tied at two after one period with the Rage out shooting Colorado 15-14.

Ryan Tobler gave the Eagles a 3-2 lead when he took a feed from Aaron Schneekloth and got behind the Rage defense, he skated in alone and went top shelf on Guerrera. Craig Strain also earned an assist and it marked the fifth straight game the Eagles have scored a power play goal. The Rage evened the score at three with just 48 seconds remaining in the period when Jordan Little ripped a slapshot through traffic and into the back of the net. Rocky Mountain again out shot the Eagles 15-7 in the period.

The teams skated to a scoreless third period although the Eagles had more shots on goal at 13-8. Colorado was forced to play in their first overtime period of the season marking their longest stretch to start a season before going to overtime (20 games).

Rocky Mountain earned the first quality scoring chance in the overtime period when the Eagles turned the puck over in their own zone, but Marco Emond was up to the task. A few minutes later, Les Borsheim skated in on two Rage defenders, put on the brakes and left a trailing pass for Ryan Tobler who beat Guerrera stick side for the game-winning goal. The goal was Tobler's sixth in the last five games and the Eagles are now 16-4-0 on the season for a winning percentage of .800. Colorado remains in first place in the Northwest Division and they will face off again Saturday night at the Broomfield Event Center at 7:05 p.m.
 

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Rayz crown Kings 3-2 in shootout

The Corpus Christi Rayz and the Lubbock Cotton Kings met at the American Bank Center for the only time this season Friday night. After the wide-open, hard-fought, dramatic contest that more than 3,600 fans saw, it's a shame there won't be a South Texas encore. Kevin Watters had two goals, including the game winner in the seventh round of a shootout to the lead the Rayz to a 3-2 win over the Cotton Kings. Corpus Christi earned their seventh point in the last five games, and moved into sole possession of second place in the Southeast Division. The Rayz will now have Saturday night off before traveling to Rio Grande Valley Sunday afternoon to cap off the weekend.

The Rayz got on the board first when Ryan Carter tipped a shot past J.F. Perras at 3:06 to give the Rayz a 1-0 lead. The Kings tied the game up 10:00 when Trevor Weisgerber converted a two on two pass right in front of the Rayz net and deflected the puck in for the Kings. The Kings took their first lead of the game after the Rayz turned the puck over behind their net late in the frame and Lubbock capitalized. Jimmy Callahan took a centering pass from the corner and scored from just outside the crease at 19:10 to give the Kings a 2-1 lead heading into the break. The Kings outshot the Rayz 15-10 in the frame.

In the second period, the Rayz pulled even with the only goal of the frame. Kevin Watters scored off a rebound from the left circle on a power play at 4:02. Corpus Christi had a chance to recapture the lead shorthanded when Derrick McIver had a breakaway, but was denied by the left pad of Perras. The Rayz outshot Lubbock 14-7 in the period.

After a scoreless third period, the teams went to overtime, and wide open hockey ensued. The Rayz and Cotton Kings each received power plays and the Rayz had two different breakaways, but were denied. The teams went to a shootout and eventually Watters stepped up as the hero in the seventh round when he beat Perras to give the Rayz the win. Corpus Christi's victory over Lubbock was their first ever at the American Bank Center and snapped the Rayz four game home losing skid.

The Rayz win improved their record to 11-10-4 on the year, while Lubbock stayed above .500 at 10-9-2. Zelenewich made 36 saves and earned the win, upping his season mark to 3-4-1. Perras was brilliant making 40 saves on 42 shots, and staying even at 4-4-1. The Rayz win gave them points in four of their last five games. For the third straight game, the Rayz held their opponents scoreless on the power play. The Rayz went 1-5. Austin went 0-7. The Rayz outhsot the Kings 43-38.

Prior to Friday night's game, the Rayz placed rookie defenseman Jason Lepine on the 14-day injured reserve list and rookie forward Connor Hughes came off the IR. Hughes played in his first game since November 28th.
 

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Hounds Dominate in Victory over Tulsa

The Youngstown SteelHounds came out smoking as they were able to avenge one of their two losses of the season with a 4-2 victory over the Tulsa Oilers.

Youngstown got the scoring going early as Chris Richards would score his 13th of the season, this one on the power play and that made it 1-0 after one period.

The second period would see Jeff Christian score his 13th of the season at 4:37 of the second period to make it 2-0. It would be a shorthanded goal, his second shortie in two nights and with his assist he and Richards would finish the night still tied for the league's best in assists (26) and points (40). Christian's point streak is now up to nine games.

That would not be the only goal of the second period as 10 minutes later it would be Brad Patterson from John Neal to make it 3-0 Hounds after two.

The defense would prove to be stout on this night as Y-Town was able to snap Spencer Carbery's league leading 11 game point streak on Friday night. David Currie was back behind the pipes for the first time in five games and was stellar, stopping 19-21 shots. The two goals he gave up came in the third period and were both from Jaroslav Cesky, one was a shorthanded goal and the other was a power play goal.

That would be as close as the hosting Oilers would get as Youngstown would get a fourth goal, this time by Chris Shaffer (his seventh) at 11:54 to give the Hounds a 4-2 victory.

Youngstown improves to 11-6-5 (27pts), they remain four points behind Memphis for first place in the Northeast division. The SteelHounds will finally finish this eight game, three week road trip at Oklahoma City on Saturday night at 8:35pm on ESPN Radio-1240-The Fan.
 

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RiverKings dominate Wichita 6-2

SOUTHAVEN --- Captain Derek Landmesser had four assists to lead the Memphis RiverKings in a dominating 6-2 win over the Wichita Thunder Friday night at the DeSoto Civic Center. The RiverKings held the Thunder to just one shot in the first period and to six shots through two periods as they moved to 10 games above .500 for the first time this season at 14-4-3. For the game, Memphis out-shot Wichita 47-15. The RiverKings host division foe Tulsa tomorrow night at 7:05 at the DCC. The first 1,500 fans receive a CW-30 Hockey Mr. Potato Head.

The RiverKings maintained pressure in the Wichita end right from the start and would find the back of the net with a pair of goals towards the end of the period. Jason Sessa struck for his 12th overall and 9th power play goal, both team highs, at 17:15 of the first. Just 34 seconds later, Ryan Campbell redirected a Landmesser shot from the right point for his tenth of the season and a 2-0 lead.

That assist on Campbell's 11th goal of the season tied Landmesser with Derek Grant at 272 career assists. His assist of Travis Banga's goal in the third period broke the franchise record. That assist also represented his 500th career point.

After Wichita scored three minutes into the second to cut the RiverKings' lead to 2-1, Darrell Stoddard and Rick Kozak responded at 6:00 and 18:00 of the period, their seventh and fourth goals respectively, for a 4-1 lead after two.

Banga's goal at 5:27 of the third came on a rebound of a Landmesser shot. It was Banga's 11th of the season. Wichita's Jeremy Koning scored off of his own rebound at 10:02 of the third to cut the lead to 5-2. Derek Campbell put the lead back at four and wrapped up the scoring at 13:19.

To go with Landmesser's four assists, other RiverKings with multiple point nights included Banga (1 goal, 2 assists); Derek Campbell (1 goal, 1assist); Ryan Campbell (1 goal, 1 assist); and Steve Makway (2 assists).

Larry Sterling notched his league leading 13th win with 13 saves on 15 shots. Andrew Martin took the loss with 41 saves and six goals against.

The win and the accompanying two points kept the RiverKings four points ahead of Youngstown for first in the Northeast Division. The Steelhounds won 4-2 in Tulsa Friday night.

The RiverKings also held their Teddy Bear Toss Friday night with around 200 stuffed animals being thrown on the ice after the team's first goal. Those stuffed animals will now be donated to the North Mississippi Sexual Assault Resource Center's "Gifts From the Heart."

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UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: Friday, December 15 --- Mercury Printing Team Poster to first 1,500 fans; Teddy Bear Toss; Post Game Skate; Saturday, December 16 --- CW-30 Hockey Mr Potato Head to first 1,500 fans; Q107.5 Diamond Giveaway; Tuesday, December 19 --- WMC TV Channel 5 CheerStix to first 1,500 fans

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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Sundogs Give Up Five Power Play Goals in 6-5 Loss

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - The Arizona Sundogs and New Mexico Scorpions faced off in a Southwest Division battle Friday evening. Only three points separated first place from last place at the start of the night. Arizona's penalty kill unit would give up five power play goals as New Mexico would gain two points in the Southwest Division race. With the win, only two points separate the top and bottom teams in the division.

New Mexico would strike quick in the first period with Christopher Robertson collecting a power play goal at 1:04 from Lance Herauf and Mike Falk. Jonathan Bernier would be tagged for roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct as he would try and lure Kevin Harvey into a scramble just 42 seconds into the contest. The Scorpions would take a two-goal lead at the 7:28 mark as Konrad Reeder would notch New Mexico's second goal with the man advantage on a pass from Craig MacDonald and Ryan McLeod. Less than three minutes later Sundogs forward Brent Kelly would sneak one past Scorpions netminder David Cacciola. Cory Stillman and L.P. Martin assisted on the play. At 12:43, New Mexico's Robertson would grab his second of the night, this time shorthanded. At 14:22 of the first Arizona would score its first power play goal of the night as Kelly would tally his second of the night. Defenseman Chris Bartolone and Dan DaSilva were credited with assists.

The Sundogs' Ryan Steeves would slide the puck past Cacciola at 7:16 of the middle frame from DaSilva to even the game at three. It would ten minutes before the game would see another score. New Mexico would again take the lead as Robertson would capture his third goal of the game, again on the man advantage this time on a deflection from Falk and Rob Guinn. With only 11 seconds to play in the second, DaSilva would score for Arizona on the power play from Kelly and Stillman. The goal would be DaSilva's third point of the game.

In the third, both clubs would skate exchanging opportunities to take the lead outright. At 11:08 of the third period, the Scorpions would take advantage of their eighth power play of the night with Aaron MacInnis scoring on a pass from Guinn. Just 41 seconds later New Mexico would take their third two-goal lead of the game again on the power play. Vladimir Hartinger would be the responsible party on a pass from Robertson. The assist would be Robertson's fourth point of the night. Arizona would pull netminder Chris King in place of an extra offensive skater with one minute left to play in regulation. Cory Stillman would take advantage from Dan Laperriere and Kelly. The assist would be Kelly's fourth point of the night. The comeback would prove to be too little too late as New Mexico would skate away with the win.

Arizona outshot New Mexico 42-35 in the contest. The Sundogs' King stopped 29 shots while Cacciola stopped 37 shots for the win. The Scorpions finished 5 of 12 on the power play while the Sundogs finished 3-for-11. The two teams face off again tomorrow night at 7:35pm in Rio Rancho.
 

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Rage Earns One Point Against Colorado Eagles

Rage Earns One Point Against Colorado Eagles
12/15/06 - Central Hockey League (CHL) Rocky Mountain Rage

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Broomfield, Colo. - The Rocky Mountain Rage hockey team (Central Hockey League) picked up one point in a 4-3 overtime loss against the Colorado Eagles tonight at the Broomfield Event Center. Rage left winger Nathan Rosychuk led both teams in scoring with two goals and an assist. The Rage is now 6-13-3 on the season while the Eagles own a 16-4-0 record. Rocky Mountain is winless in its last five games.

The Rage earned their quickest goal to start a game in team history tonight. Rosychuk shot the puck in net on a rebound from Jordan Little and Matic Kralj just 19 seconds into the game. Anders Strome previously scored the fastest goal just 20 seconds into the Oct. 27 game against Youngstown. The Eagles answered back just 27 seconds later with a goal by Craig Strain to tie the game.

Colorado took their first lead of the game at 4:59 on a goal by Riley Nelson, but Rocky Mountain evened it up once again going into intermission. For his second goal of the night, Rosychuk fired a short-handed slapshot in net at 14:42 beating Eagles goaltender Marco Emond from the stick-side.

The Eagles drew the first goal of the second period on the powerplay. Strain and Aaron Schneekloth made cross-ice passes and Colorado's Ryan Tobler roofed the puck at 8:11 for the lead.

Despite the Eagles lead early in the second period, Rocky Mountain dominated play outshooting Colorado 15-7.

Late in the second period, Rosychuk kept the puck behind the Eagles goal for the better part of 30 seconds. After being knocked down to his knees, Rosychuk passed to Rage defenseman Jordan Little who was streaking in from the blueline and fired a slap shot over the left glove shoulder of Emond.

Momentum shifted in the third period as the Eagles outshot the Rage 13-8. But the Rage, led by goaltender David Guerrera, kept Colorado scoreless in the third. Little's goal in the second closed out scoring for the remainder of regulation. Colorado's Ryan Tobler added his second goal of the game at 2:09 in overtime for the game-winner.

The Rage returns to action tomorrow (Dec. 16) in game two of the two-game home series against in-state rival, the Colorado Eagles. Fans can listen online at Rocky Mountain Rage or over the radio live on AM Z560.The pre-game show begins at 6:50 p.m.

Single game tickets for the next home game and every other Rage home game are on sale now with prices ranging from $15-$40 per seat. Tickets may be purchased online at broomfieldeventcenter.com: Home, by calling 303-410-TIXS, or at the Broomfield Event Center box office (11450 Broomfield Ln., Broomfield, 80021). Season tickets, mini-packs, and group plans are also available for the 2006-07 season by calling 303-439-RAGE. For more information, visit Rocky Mountain Rage.
 

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Robertson pushes Scorpions to fifth win in a row

[ RIO RANCHO, N.M.]- The New Mexico Scorpions, proud member of the Central Hockey League (CHL), pushed their win streak to five with a 6-5 victory over the rival Sundogs Friday night. All six of the Scorpions goals came on the special teams.

Chris Robertson paved the way registering the Scorpions' first hat trick of the season. It is the first Scorpions hat trick since Feb. 18, 2005 when Mike Oliveira scored three goals in Rio Grande Valley .

The teams put on an exciting show for the fans as the new CHL rivalry continues to be tight. The Scorpions took the lead into the locker room after 20-miuntes, but the Sundogs tied the game up in the second period setting up an exciting final frame.

The power play proved to be the difference for the Scorpions as Aaron MacInnis and Vladimir Hartinger lit the lamp giving the Scorpions enough goals to hang on for the victory.

Robertson started his night scoring on the power play 1:04 into the contest. Konrad Reeder pushed the Scorpions two goals ahead six minutes later with his sixth goal of the season.

Arizona 's Brent Kelly put his team on the board with the first of his four points on the night. Robertson would add his second goal of the night before the end of the first period as would Kelly.

Early in the second period, Ryan Steeves tied the game up and silenced what was a raucous Santa Ana Star Center most of the night. Robertson finished his hat trick with another power play goal 17:37 into the second period. The Sundogs once again fought back when Dan DaSilva scored his fifth goal of the season with 11-seconds to go in the middle period.

The five power play goals for the Scorpions is a new season high. Previously, the Scorpions highest man advantage output was three goals, which they did four times.

The Scorpions are back on home ice Saturday night when the rival Sundogs remain in town. Toys for Tots will be on hand collecting new unwrapped toys to be given to children this holiday season. The puck drops at 7:05 PM. Be sure to visit GetTix.Net for the "All In Holiday Internet Special" for great deals on tickets.

Come see the Stanley Cup on Dec. 29

On Friday, Dec. 29, the Scorpions will have a special guest on hand as the Stanley Cup will make it first visit to the Santa Ana Star Center . Make sure to be a part of this special event as the most recognizable trophy in North America will be on hand.

Season tickets and corporate partnership information is now available for the New Mexico Scorpions inaugural season in the Santa Ana Star Center . Make sure to reserve your seats now to be a part of all the exciting action. Reserve your season tickets under $300. Monthly plans are also available to fit any budget by calling the Scorpions office at (505) 881-PUCK [7825] or by visiting scorpionshockey.com: Home.
 

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Cotton Kings Game Night Preview

12/16/06 - LAREDO BUCKS (14-7-2) @ LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (10-9-2)

- 7:05 PM LUBBOCK MUNICIPAL COLISEUM

THE BUCKS STOP HERE

The Lubbock Cotton Kings return home to the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum tonight to host the Southeast Division leading Laredo Bucks. The Bucks come in with a Southern Conference leading record of 14-7-2 and winners of their last two games. The Kings seek to end a four game winless streak (0-3-1) and a two-game home winless streak. Lubbock has lost seven of their last nine games, but still sits atop the Southwest Division by one standing-point. The Southwest Division, the CHL's only five-team division (largest), is separated by only two standing-points from first to last place.

THE SERIES

Tonight marks the second game of four on the season between the two clubs and the first of two in Lubbock. Laredo leads the season series with a 1-0-0 mark after defeating the Kings 5-1 on November 22nd. The meeting is also the 19th all time meeting between the two teams. Laredo has dominated the all-time series with a 14-1-3 series mark. Lubbock is 4-13-1 all-time against the Bucks. Laredo's Jeff Bes leads the all-time series with 18 points (4g,14a), while Lubbock is led in the series by former King Paul Fioroni, who has registered 10 points (1g,9a) all-time against the Bucks.

THE LAST TIME

11/22/06 - The Laredo Bucks scored five unanswered goals to defeat the Lubbock Cotton Kings 5-1 Wednesday night at the Laredo Entertainment Center in a battle of Southern Conference division leaders.

Lubbock converted on their first power play opportunity to open the contest's scoring. Stacey Bauman received a pass while streaking to the low point and flung a shot past Laredo goaltender Nathan Marsters 9:02 into the game for his fifth goal of the season (leads Kings defensemen) and his third power play marker on the season.

The Cotton Kings controlled the tempo during the second period and had some great scoring chances, but Marsters held the Kings off the board in the frame, while the Bucks cashed in on their opportunities in the period. Igor Aguronov tied the contest at 1-1 2:27 into the period by sending his own rebound past the left side of Kings goaltender Kyle Stanton. The Bucks grabbed their first lead of the game with 1:42 remaining with a shorthanded goal by Jeff Bes, who like Agurunov, scored a goal by converting on his own rebound opportunity.

Laredo never looked back from there, scoring a trio of third period goals. Chris Korchinski was able to poke the puck away from Craig Minard and receive it back from Bobby Chaumont to fire it through the five-hole of Stanton 1:52 into the third for a 3-1 lead. Agarunov added his second of the night 5:54 later with a shot from the left circle. Leo Thomas closed the scoring with a goal as 5:04 remained for the 5-1 lead.

Lubbock out-shot the Bucks 33-32 in the loss, and Kyle Stanton suffered the loss. Marsters stopped 32 of 33 shots for the win. Lubbock was 1 for 8 on the power play while Laredo was 0 for 5.

ROSTER CHANGES

As of press time, the Lubbock Cotton Kings have not made any moves in preparation for tonight's game, while yesterday, Laredo activated Steve Weidlich from 45-Day Injured Reserve List, placed Kris MacPhee placed on the 45-Day Injured Reserve List, signed Ryan Olynyk (received via trade with Memphis) and traded Justin Togiai to the Austin Ice Bats.

STANDINGS

Kings - 22 points, 1st place, Southwest Division.

Bucks - 30 points, 1st place, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS

Kings - Points: 23 Simon Watson, Goals: 13 Simon Watson, Assists: 12 Kyle Nosan, Penalty Minutes: 75 Paul McBrien.

Bucks - Points: 26 Adam Rivet, Goals: 10 Adam Rivet / Bobby Chaumont, Assists: 18 Serge Dube, Penalty Minutes: 38 Leo Thomas.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kings - Power play: 14.5% 12th, Penalty killing: 87.9% 3rd.

Bucks - Power play: 18.2% 7th, Penalty killing: 83.3% 10th.

GOALTENDERS

Kings - JF Perras (4-4-1, 0 SO, 2.65), Kyle Stanton (6-5-1, 1 SO, 3.23).

Bucks - Kevin Reiter (1-1-0, 0 SO, 1.52), Eric Marvin (8-3-2, 0 SO, 3.18).

WHAT'S NEXT

Lubbock - Thursday, December 19th

8:05 PM @ Rocky Mountain Rage Broomfield Events Center

Laredo - Tuesday, December 21st

7:00 PM @ Amarillo Gorillas Cal Farley Coliseum
 

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Bugs lose 3-2 in OT

WICHITA, KS -- The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs got the offensive jump on Wichita but were unable to score in the first period at the Kansas Coliseum on Saturday night. The Mudbugs outshot Wichita 8-1 in the early going and couldn't convert on a 5-on-3 powerplay. Wichita was first to score as Jeremy Koning fired a shot from the bottom of the circle beating Ken Carroll low to the glove side.

The Thunder tacked on a powerplay goal when George Halkidis fired a shot from the right point that got by a screened Ken Carroll.

The Mudbugs stormed back in the third period. Chris Abbott scored his first Mudbugs goal to get Bossier-Shreveport on the board. Later on the powerplay, Jason Basile one-timed a slapshot from the right point to tie the game.

The Mudbugs would go on to play their second straight overtime game. Wichita's Joe Blaznek snuck passed the defense and beat Ken Carroll for the overtime winner.
 

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Hounds Finish Road Trip With Revenge on OKC

The Youngstown SteelHounds were riding high and looking to go home happy after an eight game, three week road trip that was capped off in Oklahoma City with a 4-2 victory over the Blazers.

The Hounds once again jumped out early with a 2-0 nothing lead thanks to the veteran connection of Chris Richards and Jeff Christian each netting their 14th goals of the season early in the first period. Marty Standish would cut the lead to one with his ninth goal of the season, this one on the power play to make it 2-1 after one period.

That would be as close as the Blazers would get as in the second period Tab Lardner and Shaun Landolt would each score their seventh goal of the season, both of which were on the power play (Hounds 2-11 on pp) to make it 4-1 after forty minutes of play.

Oklahoma City would get one back as Jared Dumba would score on the power play (OKC 2-9 on pp) at 17:34 of the third period to make it 4-2 and round out the scoring.

There would be no bench clearing brawl but Blazers forward Garrett Prosofsky was ejected in the second period for a charge on Y-Town defensemen, Paul Esdale.

The win puts the Hounds 12-6-5 (29pts) as they finish the road trip on a two game winning streak and a record of 4-3-1.

Youngstown will finally receive some home cooking as they will be home for the holidays as they begin a five game home stand starting on December 21st when they host the Austin Ice Bats at 7:05pm at the Chevrolet Centre.
 

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Eagles Beat Rage 2-1, Win Sixth Straight

BROOMFIELD, CO- The Colorado Eagles won their sixth straight game Saturday night in a 2-1 victory over the Rocky Mountain Rage at the Broomfield Event Center. Chris Hartsburg scored his third game-winning goal at the 9:47 mark of the third period and his ninth goal of the season. Seth Leonard scored the other goal for Colorado and Tim Boron made the start in net saving 26 of 27 shots for his fourth win of the season. Chip Dunleavy had Rocky Mountain's lone goal and David Guerrera stopped 50 of 52 shots against Colorado. The Eagles improved their record to 17-4-0 and remain in first place in the Northwest Division, they will head home for three games at the Budweiser Events Center next week.

Colorado took the lead in the first period on a power play goal by Seth Leonard when he banged home a rebound in a scrum in front of the net. He was assisted by Riley Nelson and Brad Williamson and it marked the sixth straight game in which the Eagles have scored a power play goal. Colorado out shot Rocky Mountain 14-7 in the period and held on to the 1-0 lead going into the intermission.

Chip Dunleavy tied the game for Rocky Mountain with just 1:27 remaining in the second period when he lifted a backhand over the shoulder of Eagles goaltender Tim Boron for a power play goal. He was assisted by Dominick Noel and it marked Dunleavy's second goal of the season. Colorado and Rocky Mountain remained tied at one after two periods of play with the Eagles out shooting Rocky Mountain by a total of 28-19.

In the third period, Chris Hartsburg unlocked the tie and scored the game-winning goal at the 9:47 mark of the period when he tipped in a shot off the stick of Aaron Schneekloth. It marked the Eagles second power play goal and Brad Williamson earned his second assist of the game tying him for second among all defensemen in the Central Hockey League for scoring. Williamson now has 25 points this season on three goals and 22 assists.
 

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RiverKings get shoot-out win over Tulsa

SOUTHAVEN --- The Memphis RiverKings and Tulsa Oilers again couldn't decide a game in regulation Saturday night at the DeSoto Civic Center. In their third match-up of the season, the teams went past regulation for the third time as the RiverKings defeated the Oilers 4-3 in a shoot-out to win their third in three tries over Tulsa. It was also the RiverKings' third straight win and their 15th win of the season. They will next play Oklahoma City at 7:05 on Tuesday at the DCC.

Rick Kozak opened the scoring early in the first as he jammed in a rebound from the doorstep for a 1-0 Memphis lead. It was Kozak's fifth goal in his seven games with the RiverKings Tulsa, though, would later score twice in the period to take a 2-1 advantage into the first intermission on goals by David Masse and Darryl Smoleroff.

Darrell Stoddard slipped a rebound past Oiler goalie Bill Ruggiero at 6:28 of the second period for his seventh of the campaign, evening the score at two. David Rattray would give the advantage back to Tulsa six and a half minutes later when he beat RiverKings goalie Larry Sterling one-on-one unassisted. The score stood at 3-2 entering the third.

The lone goal of the third period came at 2:24 on a scramble in front of the Oiler net that was finished off when Ryan Held flipped the loose back behind Ruggiero for his fourth of the season and a 3-3 tie.

Like the game between these teams on Tuesday in Tulsa, the overtime went scoreless, sending the decision into a shootout. Both teams converted on their first two attempts. Sterling and Ruggiero then took control in the third and fourth rounds to keep the shootout tied at two entering the fifth round.

The RiverKings' Louis Dumont, who missed time in the first period after being boarded on play where Tulsa's Bryan Lachapelle was given a game misconduct, scored in the shootout's fifth round for what would end up as the game winner. Sterling put the finishing touches on the win when he denied Rattray on the Oilers final chance.

For the second consecutive night, the RiverKings dominated in the shots on goal statistic. After out-shooting Wichita 47-15 on Friday, the RiverKings doubled up the Oilers 54-27.

Larry Sterling made 24 saves to win his CHL tops 14th game. The RiverKings also improved their record in shootouts to 4-1 and maintained their four point lead over Youngstown in the Northeast Division.

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UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: Friday, December 15 --- Mercury Printing Team Poster to first 1,500 fans; Teddy Bear Toss; Post Game Skate; Saturday, December 16 --- CW-30 Hockey Mr Potato Head to first 1,500 fans; Q107.5 Diamond Giveaway; Tuesday, December 19 --- WMC TV Channel 5 CheerStix to first 1,500 fans

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 pick up point in eighth straight game

The New Mexico Scorpions, proud member of the Central Hockey League (CHL), came out firing but eventually lost to Arizona 4-3 in overtime Saturday night. New Mexico has picked up a point in their last eight games.

The Scorpions came out firing with three first period goals. Craig MacDonald scored a pair of goals just 28-seconds apart. Mike Prpich added a late third period goal giving the Scorpions a 3-0 lead after 20-minutes.

Unlike last night, the Arizona comeback was completed. Just past the halfway point of the second period, Karl Sellan netted his fifth goal of the season. The second period finished quietly as neither team was able to mount any more scoring.

Arizona used a two-goal third period to force overtime. David Svagrovsky scored his second goal of the year 8:21 into the third period to draw the Sundogs to within one.

Brent Kelly proved to be the hero as he finished off a big weekend. Late in the third period Kelly scored on the power play, it was just the start if his heroics.

Kelly then scored the game winner 2:50 into overtime when Cory Stillman fed a perfect cross ice pass to his line mate to give the Sundogs the win and two points in the standings.

The Scorpions return to home ice Friday night for the annual "Teddy Bear Toss" All fans are invited to bring teddy bears to the game to throw on the ice after the Scorpions score their first goal. The Lubbock Cotton Kings will be in town for the 7:35 p.m. face-off. Be sure to visit GetTix.Net for the "All In Holiday Internet Special" for great deals on tickets.

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Sundogs Score Four Unanswered to Grab OT Win

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - For the second time in as many nights, the Arizona Sundogs and New Mexico Scorpions skated in a Southwest Division battle in which only four points separate the first and last place clubs. Arizona would go down 3-0 in the first period, only to come back scoring four unanswered goals to get the overtime win. With the win the Sundogs improve to 11-10-1 (23 points) and sit in a tie for second place with Odessa, one point behind division leading Lubbock.

The first ten minutes of the first period belonged to the Sundogs as they came out firing out shooting New Mexico in hopes of reversing last night's result. At the 11:08 mark, New Mexico would climb on the scoreboard first with a power play goal to take a 1-0 lead. Craig MacDonald would score on a pass from Mike Falk and Rob Guinn. MacDonald would collect his second goal of the night just 28 seconds from Ryan McLeod and new signee Josh Garbutt. At 11:59, the Scorpions' Lance Herauf and Arizona's Jon Landry would square off in a scramble resulting in Herauf receiving a game misconduct for his jersey not being properly tied down. With less than one minute to play in the first period, Mike Prpich would tally New Mexico's second power play goal of the night from Mike Falk to give New Mexico a 3-0 lead.

In a quiet second period, the Sundogs would come out a different team holding the Scorpions scoreless. Karl Sellan would team up with defenseman Michael Vernace to get the Sundogs on the scoreboard on a power play goal at 12:42 of the period. Mike Falk would be tagged with a four-minute high sticking double-minor giving way for the Sellan goal.

The third period belonged to the Sundogs who outshot New Mexico 13-6. The Sundogs would cut the Scorpions' lead to one at the 8:21 mark with David Svagrovsky notching his second goal of the year, assisted by Chris Greene and Martin Doyle. Less than two minutes later, Brent Kelly would score on the power play evening the game at three on a pass from Chris Bartolone. With five seconds to play in regulation, the Scorpions' Falk would be tripped giving his club a 4-on-3 power play to start overtime.

The Sundogs would kill off the Scorpions' power play to open the extra frame and with only half of the five-minute overtime period remaining would score to steal two points. Kelly would tally his second goal of the night on a pass from Cory Stillman, beating netminder Scott Reid.

Arizona outshot New Mexico in the contest 40-28. The Sundogs' Kris Mayotte stopped 25 shots in the win while Reid stopped 36. The Sundogs finished 2-for-7 on the power play while the Scorpions finished 2-for-9. The Sundogs are off until Friday, December 22 when they take on the Colorado Eagles in Loveland, Colorado. Game time is set for 7:05pm and can be heard live on 96.7 FM The Wolf, the Official Broadcast Home of the Arizona Sundogs.

In roster moves, the Arizona Sundogs have waived forward L.P. Martin and signed Cedric Bernier, brother of current Sundogs defenseman Jonathan Bernier.
 
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