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Eagles Week in Review

February 27, 2007 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Colorado Eagles News Release

Week In Review

Wednesday, February 22 Eagles 9 vs. Tulsa Oilers 1

Seth Leonard had a first period hat trick as the Colorado Eagles cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Tulsa Oilers Wednesday night at the Budweiser Events Center. For Colorado, the win completed a season sweep over the Oilers and they are 10-2-1 all-time against Tulsa at home. Ed McGrane had a four-point night for Colorado with a goal and three assists and Riley Nelson and Scott Polaski each had a goal and two assists in the Eagles league-leading 37th victory of the season. Paulo Colaiacovo stopped 28 of 29 shots for his second win of the season as the Eagles remain in first place in the Northwest Division.

Friday, February 23 Eagles 2 vs. Arizona Sundogs 3

The Arizona Sundogs won their fifth straight game 3-2 over the Colorado Eagles Friday night at the Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Chris King saved 32 of 34 shots for the Sundogs as they won their 25th game of the season. Eagles forward Seth Leonard scored a shorthanded goal for Colorado that broke the Central Hockey League's record for most shorthanded goals in a season, they now have 28. Brent Kelly and Karl Sellan each had a goal and an assist in the win for Arizona. The home team has won every game in the season series that Colorado leads four games to two.

Saturday, February 24 Eagles 3 vs. Arizona Sundogs 4

The Colorado Eagles were defeated by the Arizona Sundogs Saturday night 4-3 at the Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. The Eagles played with just 11 skaters and have not played a game with more than 13 skaters for 12 consecutive games. Arizona led 4-1 in the third period before the Eagles began to mount a comeback, but it was too little too late for Colorado as they lost for the second consecutive night. Chris Bartolone scored a pair of goals and Cory Stillman added three assists for the Sundogs as they are now 3-0 against the Eagles at home. The home team has not lost a game in the season series with the last game being in Arizona on the final day of the regular season.

Week Ahead

Tuesday, February 27 at Wichita Thunder, 7:05 p.m. MST Radio: 107.9 The Bear

Colorado has swept the season series to this point going 5-0 against the Thunder. This is the final Eagles home game between the two teams this season with the Eagles fighting to stay atop the CHL. Wichita is ranked third in the Northwest Division and has yet to win at home against the Eagles. Colorado is 16-11-3 overall against the Thunder and 6-5-3 all-time when visiting the Kansas Colliseum.

Friday, March 2 vs. Lubbock Cotton Kings, 7:05 p.m. MST Radio: 107.9 The Bear

The Eagles will play the Cotton Kings at home for the first time this season. The previous meeting between the two teams ended with a 5-2 Eagles victory at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Lubbock is fourth in the Southwest Division but just six points out of a playoff spot. Colorado has a 4-1-2 all-time record at the Budweiser Events Center against Lubbock.

Saturday, March 3 vs. Rocky Mountain Rage, 7:05 p.m. MST TV: Altitude Radio: 107.9 The Bear

The front-range teams will meet for the 12th time and final time this season to close out the rivalry. The Rage has visited the Budweiser Events Center five times with a record of 1-4-0 and will meet the Eagles in their second-to-last Northwest Division game of the season. The Eagles are 9-2-0 overall against the Rocky Mountain having won the last six consecutive meetings.

Eagles Team Leaders

Goals: Nelson 35 Shots: McGrane 207

Assists: Williamson 48 SH Pct: Pankewicz .340 - leads CHL

Points: Nelson 72 Shootout G: Nelson 1

+/-: Nelson +31 Wins: Emond 22

PIM: Filipic 204 GAA: Emond 2.70

PPG: Nelson 14 Saves: Emond 810

SHG: Nelson 8 - leads CHL Save Pct: Emond .915

GWG: Nelson 7 Minutes: Emond 1667:00

Streaks- Seth Leonard 5 games (6-4-10)

Aaron Schneekloth 5 games (1-7-8)

Ryan Tobler 5 games (4-6-10)

Ed McGrane 3 games (2-3-5)

PLAYOFFS ON THE HORIZON- With just one more win this season or one more Tulsa loss, the Eagles will make the playoffs for the 2006-2007 season. Colorado has won the Northwest Division the past three seasons, and the Governors' Cup the past two. The Eagles are 11 points ahead of the Oklahoma City Blazers in the race for the Northwest Division, but just one point ahead of the Laredo Bucks for the Governors' Cup.

ROAD TRAVELIN'- The Eagles have nine road games in March and they will visit every division before season's end. With only 13 games left to go this season only four will be at the Budweiser Events Center.

STILL ATOP THE CHL- Colorado is still the top team in the CHL in terms of points. They hold just a one-point lead over the Laredo Bucks and a two-point lead over the Memphis RiverKings and Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. The Eagles have had the best regular-season record in the CHL since joining the league in 2003 at 167-54-18 for a winning percentage of .736.

EAGLES ON ALTITUDE- Saturday night's game against the Rocky Mountain Rage will be televised on Altitude Sports & Entertainment. It is the last regular-season broadcast on Altitude. The Eagles are 2-2 this season in games aired on Altitude.

Eagles on The Bear- Every Colorado Eagles game can be heard on the new home of the Colorado Eagles, 107.9 The Bear. All Eagles games will also be streamed online at www.1079thebear.com.


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