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Bucks Still #1 in CHL Coaches' Poll, Barely

March 14, 2007 - Central Hockey League (CHL) News Release

The defending champion Laredo Bucks have held on to the top ranking in the CHL Coaches' Poll, but have done so by the slimmest margin seen all season, edging out the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs by just two points. Two previous occasions have seen three point differences between the top two spots. The Bucks have wrapped up both the Southwest Division title and the top seed in the Southern Conference for the post-season, but saw their 11 game winning streak snapped Sunday by Corpus Christi, then dropped a 5-1 road decision to #2 Bossier-Shreveport Tuesday night. Laredo received seven of 17 possible first place votes, followed by six for the Mudbugs and four for #3 ranked Colorado, who clinched their fourth consecutive Northwest Division title Tuesday evening, bolstered by the return of 2004-2005 CHL Most Valuable Player Greg Pankewicz after missing the Eagles' 46 previous games with an injury.

Only three clubs (Laredo at #1, the Memphis RiverKings at #4 and the Amarillo Gorillas at #10) remain unchanged since last week's poll. Four teams moved up single spots this week, including Bossier-Shreveport (#3 to #2), the Youngstown SteelHounds (#6 to #5), the Corpus Christi Rayz (#7 to #6) and the New Mexico Scorpions (#9 to #8), with Colorado (#2 to #3), the Oklahoma City Blazers (#5 to #7) and the Arizona Sundogs (#8 to #9) slipping. No teams dropped out or joined the Top 10 this week, and the top seven ranked clubs this week have already secured CHL playoff berths.

Throughout the season the CHL will release the results of the Coaches Poll. Each first place selection earns 10 points, second place earns 9 points, etc. Coaches cannot vote for their own team, creating a potential perfect score of 160 points should one club receive all 16 possible first place votes. Most recent previous poll results listed below current rankings.

Central Hockey League Coaches' Poll - Top 10

March 14, 2007

# 03/07/07 Team Record Poll Points 1st Place Votes

1 1 Laredo Bucks 39-15-5 147 7

2 3 Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs 38-14-6 145 6

3 2 Colorado Eagles 42-15-1 141 4

4 4 Memphis RiverKings 36-15-6 110

5 6 Youngstown SteelHounds 31-17-10 93

6 7 Corpus Christi Rayz 33-19-7 87

7 5 Oklahoma City Blazers 31-18-8 74

8 9 New Mexico Scorpions 29-21-6 64

9 8 Arizona Sundogs 29-27-2 36

10 10 Amarillo Gorillas 28-25-4 22

Biggest Gain

Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (From #3 to #2)

Youngstown SteelHounds (From #6 to #5)

Corpus Christi Rayz (From #7 to #6)

New Mexico Scorpions (From #9 to #8)

Moved Into Top 10


Dropped out of Top 10


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