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Killer Bees Weekly Notes

November 15, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees News Release

TOUGH WEEK FOR BEES, AS HISTORY CONTINUES TO REPEAT ITSELF

The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees completed their first three-in-three weekend and it was one to forget, as they lost all three games to extend their losing streak to four consecutive games. The Bees have been outscored 20-3 over the streak and have been shutout twice. It’s a down time for the Bees and the timing appears familiar from last season. Last season, Jeff Levy won the CHL’s Goaltender of the Week honor in the second week of action and then the Bees lost all three games in their first three-in-three weekend in November, including a 6-0 loss to Laredo for their worst deficit in team history. This season, Jeff Levy won the Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week honor in the second week of action and the Bees lost all three games of their first three-in-three weekend, including back-to-back six-goal deficits in Colorado Friday (7-1) and Saturday (6-0) to tie the mark for worst losses in team history. The Bees also suffered power play woes at this time last season, going 1 for 26 in a six game span in mid-November. Rio Grande Valley is currently 0 for 25 over the past four games on the power play, which is the longest span of games without a power play goal in the franchise’s short history. The light of the end of the tunnel… the Bees went on to win 8 of 11 games, including a four game winning streak, to close out November. Hopefully, for the Bees, history will continue to repeat itself.

THIS WEEK’S “INSIDE THE NUMBERS”

4 - Consecutive Games - The number of games the Bees have gone without collecting a standing-point, which is the most in team history.

5 - Consecutive Games - The Bees will look to dodge a five-game winless streak, which would tie a franchise mark set last season in December/January.

5 - Majors - The Bees racked up five major penalties in Saturday night’s fight-filled loss IN Colorado to set the franchise mark for the most major penalties in a game.

8 - Americans - The Killer Bees have eight American-born players on their team and only have seven Canadians on the squad.

100 - PIMs - The number of penalty minutes the Killer Bees combined for over the previous three games, with each of the three games standing as the top producing penalty minutes games of the season. Saturday’s contest in Colorado stands as the single-game high for this season with 43 minutes.

DEFENSEMAN PRODUCTION

Rio Grande Valley has recorded 18 goals this season and seven have been scored by defensemen. The Bees blueliners have scored 38.9% of the Bees goals this season, which leads the CHL in defensive goal production among a team. The seven goals by the defensemen rank second in the league behind Austin, which has 10 goals registered by defensemen. Defenseman Jason Tessier ranks second in the CHL in goals amongst defensemen with four.

BEE OF THE WEEK

This week’s “Bee of the Week” for their performance over the prior week is issued to Josh Mizerek. The Bees defenseman recorded his first goal as a Killer Bee Sunday night against the New Mexico Scorpions. The first period goal was the first time the Bees had led on the road this season. The Duluth, Minnesota native escaped the four-game week, which the Bees were outscored 20-3, with a (-1) plus/minus rating.

HATING THE ROAD

The Killer Bees have an 0-4-0 record on the road this season and are still looking for their first road victory. The following is a comparison of how the Killer Bees have played on the road compared to at home:

Home Road
Record 3-1-0 0-4-0
Goals Per Game 3.25 1.25
Goals Allowed Per Game 2.00 5.75
Power Play Pct. 21.1% 0.0%

WEEK IN REVIEW

Tue. Nov. 9 0-2 L vs. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Top Star: BOS-Jeff Blair (38 saves, shutout)

Fri. Nov. 12 1-7 L @ Colorado Eagles Top Star: COL-Greg Pankewicz (1g,3a, 4pts.)

Sat. Nov. 13 0-6 L @ Colorado Eagles Top Star: COL-Greg Pankewicz (2g,3a, 5pts.)

Sun. Nov. 14 2-5 L @ New Mexico Scorpions Top Star: NMX-Peter Ambroziak (2 goals)

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Mon & Tue.: On Road in Lubbock, Texas Wed - Thur: TBA Fri - Sat: 10 - 10:30 am

WEEK AHEAD

Tue. Nov. 16 11:00 am @ Lubbock Cotton Kings Radio: ESPN Radio 1240 AM TV: CHL TV.COM

Notes: The Killer Bees wrap up their four game road trip with their only trip of the season to the “Hub City” to face the Lubbock Cotton Kings. This will be the first of two meetings during the season and the fourth all-time. The Killer Bees are 2-0-0 all-time in Lubbock and are led in the series by Matic Kralj (1g,2a). The series all-time leader in scoring is Lubbock’s Paul Fioroni, who has two goals and assists for 4 points. The game is a special “Kids Day” game. Rio Grande Valley is 1-2-0 all-time in “Kids Day” games.

Fri. Nov. 19 7:30 pm vs. Memphis RiverKings Radio: ESPN Radio 1240 AM TV: None

Notes: Rio Grande Valley returns home to face the Memphis RiverKings. Memphis leads the series 0-0-2 with a pair of overtime shootout wins, which occurred on consecutive nights at the Dodge Arena last season in December. This is the first of three contests during the season between the two teams and the only contest at the Dodge Arena. Bill Newson has 3 points (1g,2a) in the head-to-head series to lead the Bees, while Don Parsons (2g,1a) and Jay Neal (1g,2a) each lead the ‘Kings in the series with 3 points. The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive megaphones compliments of Manrique Custom Vision Center.

Sat. Nov. 20 7:30 pm vs. Corpus Christi Rayz Radio: ESPN Radio 1240 AM TV: Televisa Ch. 9

Notes: The Bees and Rayz lock up for the second time this season and the 16th time overall. Rio Grande Valley leads the all-time series with an 8-3-3 record and is 5-1-2 against the Rayz at the Dodge Arena. The first two games in the season series last season resulted in shootout decisions, and the first meeting this season went into a shootout. Killer Bees forward Bill Newson leads the all-time series with 20 points off of 10 goals and 10 assists. The first 1,000 in attendance will receive a commemorative puck sponsored by South Texas Vo-Tech.

Sun. Nov. 21 5:00 pm @ Corpus Christi Rayz Radio: Real Country 840 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The Killer Bees wrap up the three-in-three weekend by making their first trip to Corpus Christi to complete the home-and-home series with the Rayz. The Bees have an overall record of 4-2-1 against the Rayz in Corpus Christi, but those games were played in the Memorial Coliseum. The Rayz have a new arena this season and play all games at the AmericanBank Center. It will be the first of five trips for the Killer Bees to Corpus Christi.

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