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April 3, 2006 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Richmond RiverDogs News Release

March 29, 2006 vs. Roanoke Valley (W 4-3) The RiverDogs shot out to a 2-0 lead on goals from John DiPace 2:12 apart. Mike Wiggins cut the lead to 2-1 as the first period ended. Bobby Kukulka widened the RiverDogs lead to 3-1 with a tip in off the shot from Dan Vandermeer. Roanoke Valley got a pair of goals from Mark Scott to tie the game at 3-3. Joey Bastien got the game winner at 8:32 of the third period. Mike D'Alessandro got the win in nets for the RiverDogs as he stopped 24 of 27 Viper shots. Attendance: 1,896.

March 31, 2006 @ Motor City (W 4-3) The RiverDogs and Mechanics play for the third and final time this season and the only time in Motor City. The Mechanics go on the board early on a power play goal from defenseman Matt Smith. Mike Oliveira scored his 50th goal of the campaign at 10:56 of the second period then Evgeny Lazarev put the RiverDogs out in front with 1:12 left in the period. The Mechanics went out in front 3-2 on goals from Peter Szabo and Adam Edinger. With 2:43 left in regulation, John DiPace scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game and send it into a shootout. The RiverDogs got shootout goals from Bobby Kukulka, who is 4-6 this season in shootouts, and Evgeny Lazarev to complete the RiverDogs comeback. Attendance: 1,912.

April 1, 2006 @ Port Huron (W 3-2) The RiverDogs and Flags went nip and tuck in this contest, first the Flags Peter Jelinek scoring at 2:22. John DiPace countered with a power play goal, the first of three power play tallies for the RiverDogs. In the second period, Jelinek scored his second goal of the night. The game would stay 2-1 in favor of the Flags as the 3rd period got underway. The RiverDogs scored two straight power play goals 1:52 a part, with Mike Oliveira, getting his 51st of the season, and Evgeny Lazarev scoring. The RiverDogs hung on to defeat the Flags for their third straight victory and a perfect 2-0 on the Michigan road swing. Attendance: 1,965.

THE WEEK AHEAD: The RiverDogs begin a five game in six game stretch that starts with a four game homestand at the Richmond Coliseum tomorrow night at 7:05 pm between the RiverDogs and the Adirondack Frostbite. The game is a make-up stemming from the November 9, 2005 postponement due to poor ice conditions at the Coliseum. Wednesday, the Missouri RiverOtters make their last appearance this season on Coliseum ice at 7:05 pm. The homestand continues on Friday with the RiverDogs playing host to the Adirondack Frostbite at 7:35 pm. The final home contest of the season is on Saturday, April 8th with the Danbury Trashers at 7:35 pm. The week concludes for the RiverDogs on Sunday, April 9th, on the road at Elmira.

RIVERDOGS PLAYOFF PICTURE: With a record of 35-27-6 for 76 points after 68 games, the RiverDogs are very much in the thick for the final two playoff positions. Although 9th overall in the UHL standings, the team trails the Quad City Mallards by two points but have two games in hand over the western division opponents. The RiverDogs also have a good chance of taking 7th as they trail the Motor City Mechanics by seven points and have three games in hand. The top two teams in each division automatically go into the UHL Colonial Cup Playoffs. Outside of the six, the top two teams with most points will qualify for the playoffs.

RIVERDOGS KIBBLES & BITS - Group tickets, Birthday packages and flex packs are available through the RiverDogs. For more information, call the RiverDogs at 804-225-PUCK (7825). All game tickets can be purchased at the Richmond Coliseum Box Office during normal business hours or by contacting ticketmaster online at Fans can follow the RiverDogs and be "in the know" by going to All RiverDogs game action can be viewed on the net by accessing the B-2 Network link on For complete game information while the RiverDogs are playing both home and away or game information for any UHL team, log on to and choose UHL. Pointstreak provides updated game information along with team rosters, stats, and more about the RiverDogs and all the UHL teams.

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