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March 6, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Mississippi RiverKings News Release

RiverKings Invade Tulsa: The Mississippi RiverKings are in Tulsa tonight for another battle with the Oilers. Game time tonight is at 7:35 PM from the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa.

Records: Mississippi is 38-14-3 for 79 points and first place in the Northeast Division of the Central Hockey League. Overall, the RiverKings are tied for second in the CHL standings with Texas and are second in the Northern Conference playoff ladder, just three points behind the Colorado Eagles in both categories. Tulsa comes into tonight's contest with a record of 16-31-8 for 40 points and fourth place in the CHL Northeast Division.

RiverKings vs. Oilers: Mississippi has the edge in the season series against the Oilers with a 4-0-1 record. However, Tulsa won the last meeting between the teams with a shootout victory in Oklahoma on January 17th, 3-2. The teams will play twice more in the regular season, in Tulsa on March 18th and at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven in the regular season finale on March 21st.

A Long, Long Time Ago: The RiverKings' nine-game winning streak is the longest active win streak in the Central Hockey League and is two short of Odessa's 11-game winning streak earlier this year. In addition, Mississippi has gone 15 straight games (13-0-2) without losing in regulation, dating back to the January 27th loss (2-1) to Bossier-Shreveport at the DeSoto Civic Center.

A Record-Setting Beech Tonight?: RiverKings goaltender Kevin Beech (31-10-3 in 44 games) can set the team record for goaltender wins in a season with his next victory, surpassing Larry Sterling's 31 wins in the 2006-07 season (31-12-5 in 51 games). Jean-Francois Racine set the team career goaltending record with 46 goalie victories in a three-year stint with the Memphis RiverKings (2002-2005).

What About the Oilers?: Tulsa played at home against Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, defeating the Blazers by a 4-1 score. Sean Collins has points in the last five games and in nine of his last eleven contests. Jeff Christian is the team's leading scorer with 26 goals and 69 points for the year. Kevin St. Pierre (8-18-6) has more wins in goal than his goaltending compadre Davis Parley (5-9-2), but Parley was in the pipes when the Oilers took the shootout victory from the RiverKings on January 17th.

Broadcasts: Coverage of tonight's game from Tulsa can be heard on Sports 56, WHBQ-AM, at 7:20 PM. An audio stream of the game is found on the "Listen Live" button at Tomorrow night's game will be available on 96.1 "The Pig" WIVG-FM from Bossier-Shreveport, beginning at 6:50 PM. It's possible tonight's game from Tulsa may be available on CHL-TV and tomorrow night's game will be on CHL-TV from your high-speed Internet computer connection. Sunday's game from Odessa will be on Sports 56, WHBQ-AM at 3:50 PM.

Up Next: A three-in-three weekend road trip continues tomorrow night with a return visit to Bossier-Shreveport. Game time from the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City is 7:05 PM. Mississippi defeated Bossier-Shreveport 4-1 in the team's last meeting Tuesday night in Bossier City. The RiverKings will finish up the road trip with a Sunday afternoon game in Odessa at 4:05 PM.

Move Your Clocks Ahead: The start of Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 AM Sunday morning, so don't be off the clock for Sunday's game in Odessa, which begins at 4:05 PM Central Daylight Time. Set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night so you're on time for Sunday's broadcast.

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