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Killer Bees Game Notes

November 28, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees News Release

The Bees (7-6-1, 15 pts.) travel to Laredo to face the Bucks (9-4-1, 19 pts.) for the third time this season. The Bees trail first place Laredo by four points; Rio is in third place in the Southeast Division and is three points behind second place Corpus Christi. The Bee and Bucks have each won two of their last three outings.

BROADCAST INFO

Radio: ESPN 1240 (Rich Bocchini)

Internet: Live Audio at killerbeehockey.com; audio/video stream at chltv.com

TV: none

BEES STAT FACTS

- Jeremy Symington's 1.78 GAA is tops in the CHL, while his .938 save percentage is second. He earned the Oakley Goalie of the Week Award for Week 6.

- Rio is 11th in team Goals for (3.14) and 3rd in GAA (2.93)

- The Bees are 14th in shots for (29.86) and 3rd in shots against (29.43)

TONIGHT'S OPPONENT

The Bucks are 3-0 when trailing after one period at home and 5-1 overall...they allow a CHL low 28.57 shots per game...Bobby Chaumont leads all rookies in scoring. He has points (16) in 10 straight games, a CHL season-high...Igor Agarunov (11 pts, 8 games) and Adam Rivet (8 pts, 7 games) are right behind Chaumont in the active streak category...Chris Korchinski has goals (3) in three straight games.

TEAM VS. TEAM

ALL TIME SERIES

Rio is 15-23-1-1 (11-10-0-0 at home, 4-13-1-1 on the road).

SEASON SERIES

Rio is 1-0 vs. Laredo...Matt Reynolds had a pair of goals as the Bees edged the Bucks 4-2 on Oct. 28 at the LEC... Rio had a 2-0 lead on Nov. 10 only to squander five consecutive goals in a 5-2 loss ...Overall, the Bees and Bucks square off 14 times this season (7 home, 7 road).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

December 1 -- 7:35 PM Corpus Christi

December 2 -- 7:05 PM at Corpus Christi

December 3 -- 4:00 PM at Austin

December 8 -- 7:35 PM Corpus Christi

December 9 -- 7:35 PM Laredo

NOTES OF THE NIGHT

- The Bees play three of their next four games (including tonight) away from the Dodge Arena.

- With a pair of 3-0 shutouts over Bossier-Shreveport on Nov. 22 and 24, Rio strung together shutouts for the first time since Dec. 5 and 6, 2003. The Bees beat Fort Worth 2-0 and Corpus Christi 1-0, then went on to lose the next two games 2-0 and 3-0 to Colorado and Laredo.

- Jeremy Symington's string of scoreless hockey is at 162:19, a new team record.

- The Bees had killed off 44 of its last 45 shorthanded situations going into last Saturday's game at Memphis, where they went 2-for-7, allowing goals on power plays No.1 and 3.

- The Bees have scored a power play goal in all but three games this season. They went 1-for-7 at Memphis.

TRANSACTIONS

11/17/06 ADD Symington, Jeremy (G) signed

11/17/06 DEL Blanchard, Mathieu (G) waived

11/14/06 DEL Hult, Alexander (C) waived

11/14/06 ADD Looby, Mike (D) signed contract

11/11/06 ADD Looby, Mike (D) claimed off waivers

11/09/06 ADD Voltera, Rob (RW) signed contract

11/06/06 DEL Faris, Mark (RW) waived

10/27/06 ADD OLeary, Mark (LW) signed contract

10/27/06 DEL Bickel, Ted (F) waived

KILLER BEES GOALIE NOTES

Symington

- Signed with Rio on Nov. 17 after beginning the season with Youngstown.

- Went 2-0 with the Steelhounds, winning two games at Memphis opening weekend.

- Earned first Bees win in a 34-save, 3-0 shutout of Bossier-Shreveport on Nov. 22. Followed that up with another 3-0 shutout (31 saves) two nights later at Bossier, and earned Oakley CHL Goalie of the Week Honors for Week Six.

- Has played five games in the AHL with the top affiliate of the Ottawa Senators (Binghamton) where he went 3-1-1

- Went to the CHL finals with Laredo in 2005 after a solid regular season that saw him post an 18-10-1 record with a 2.39 GAA. He was also a CHL All-Star in 2005.

- Was an eighth round draft selection of the NY Islanders in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

- Attended St. Lawrence University from 1997-2001, and was the ECAC Post-Season Tournament MVP his senior season.

Van NyNatten

- Is 2-3-0 in his last five outings.

- Earned first pro win with 24 saves in second pro start at Laredo on October 28.

- Made 41 saves in a 2-1 win at Odessa on Nov. 16.

- Teammate and roommate of Killer Bee Ryan Carrigan at Niagara from 2003-05.

- Ranks first on CHA chart in career wins and minutes.

- Made an NCAA season-high 59 saves in a 7-1 loss at Minnesota on Jan. 7, 2006.

- Stopped Ryan Campbell on a penalty shot at Memphis (Nov. 25, 2006)

KILLER BEES PLAYER NOTES

IRON MAN BILLY

Bill Newson played in his 400th pro game Nov. 18 vs. Arizona. He played in his 200th straight regular season game for the Bees Wednesday, Nov. 22 vs. Bossier-Shreveport and scored the game-winner. Counting playoffs, Newson has skated in 211 straight games for Rio; he has never missed a game in the franchise's history.

VOLTERA ADDED AS ALTERNATE CAPTAIN

Rob Voltera joins Bill Newson, Kurtis Dulle and Dennis Maxwell as an alternate captain. Voltera and Dulle will wear the "A" on the road.

ROBERT NETS TWO IN FIRST PRO GAME

Jonathan Robert scored twice in his pro debut (Oct. 20 vs. Arizona).

FIT TO BE TIED DOWN

The Bees had a player ejected for not properly having his jersey tied down on consecutive Saturdays. Bill Newson got the game on Nov. 11 vs. Austin, while Dennis Maxwell was shown the door on Nov. 18 vs. Arizona. Both game misconduct penalties were later rescinded.

KILLER BEES TEAM NOTES

SECOND PERIOD BLUES, THIRD PERIOD REDEMPTION?

The Bees have been outscored 16-10 in the second period but have outscored opponents 18-8 in the third.

GET THE FIRST GOAL

Rio is 3-4-1 when allowing the first goal and 4-2-0 when scoring first.

IT'S NEVER EASY TO COME BACK

The Bees are 1-4-0 when trailing after the first period, and 0-6-1 when trailing after two. They are 5-0-0 when leading after two.

AUSTIN TIES OPPONENT RECORD

Austin scored goals 11 seconds apart on Nov. 11, setting a new opponent record for quickest goals.

COMPACTING THE SCHEDULE

The Bees play 12 three-in-three stretches this season. The next one is Dec. 1-3. The Bees close the season with a trio of three-in-three weekends in March.

BUSY DECEMBER

December is the busiest month of the season for the Bees. They play 14 games overall with eight away from Dodge Arena.

STREAKS

Newson (2-2-4), and Maxwell (1-3-4) - points in three straight.

SITUATIONAL GOALS

GOALS FOR

5-ON-5: 19

5-ON-4: 15

5-ON-3: 1

4-ON-4: 4

4-ON-3: 1

4-ON-5: 2

EN: 2 (1 was 4-on-6)

EA: 0

GOALS AGAINST

5-ON-5: 23

5-ON-4: 9

5-ON-3: 4

4-ON-4: 2

4-ON-3: 0

4-ON-5: 1

EN: 1 (1 was 5-on-4)

EA: 1

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWER PLAY

- Tied a franchise record with three power play goals on Oct. 27.

- Is 3-for-32 (9.38%) in last four games; went 14-for-67 (20.9%) in first 10 games.

- The team has at least one PPG in all but three games this season.

- Rio was held scoreless on 10 chances Nov. 18 vs. Arizona.

PENALTY KILL

- New Mexico tied Austin's record (2/7/04) for most opponent PP chances in a game (11).

- Killed off 44-of-45

- The Bees allowed four power play goals on opening night (4-for-9).

- The opposition had not scored multiple PPG since opening night until Memphis scored twice on Nov. 25.

OVERTIME AND SHOOTOUTS

Overtime

Nov. 11, 2006 - 6-5 loss vs. Austin (John McNabb)

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