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February 15, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Mississippi RiverKings News Release

WEEK IN REVIEW (3 games / 0-3-0)

Wednesday, February 8 Austin 4 RiverKings 3 @ Austin

The RiverKings fell short to the hottest team in the CHL and had a three game winning streak halted. The Ice Bats scored a pair of goals in the first and one more on a five on three power play :17 into the second to build a 3-0 lead. Ryan Watson and Rob Ouimette cut into that lead with goals at 2:05 and 16:50 respectively of the second period. An Aaron Schneekloth redirection at 8:01 of the third period put the score at 4-2. Travis Banga cut that lead to one again 2:19 later with his 20th of the season. The remaining 9:40 went scoreless on both sides as Memphis wrapped up their seven game road trip with a 3-3-1 record. The RiverKings played the second and third periods without the services of Captain and CHL Player of the Week Don Parsons who left the game in the first period due to what was later diagnosed as a hairline fracture to his collarbone.

Friday, February 10 Youngstown 7 RiverKings 4 @ DCC

The Steelhounds picked up their first ever win over the RiverKings in the sixth meeting between the teams. The shorthanded RiverKings played without their injured leading scorer Don Parsons and the recently called-up defensive leader Derek Landmesser. That, along with the recent injuries to defensemen Kevin Harris and Stephen Margeson, put the RiverKings in a bind that they could not overcome. Ryan Watson and Travis Banga accounted for all four RiverKings goals. Watson had a career-high four points on two goals and two assists while Travis Banga finished with a pair of goals and an assist. Youngstown out-shot the RiverKings 44-23. Goalie Michael Dilorenzo lost for the first time this season to the Steelhounds, falling to 5-1 versus them. He had gone 2-0 while with Laredo and 3-0 since coming to Memphis. Steelhounds netminder David St. Germain, who has struggled against Memphis, picked up the win to improve to 2-8 in his career versus the RiverKings.

Saturday, February 11 Odessa 6 RiverKings 2 @ DCC

The Jackalopes scored three goals in the second period and two in the third to pick up the win in the only meeting between the teams this season. Jeff Ewasko scored twice and goalie Derek Dolson made 44 saves. Ryan Campbell and Paul McBrien scored the RiverKings' goals. After Odessa made it 1-0 on a John Kozoriz goal 3:49 into the game, Campbell scored his third shorthanded goal and his 16th overall of the season with just under two minutes remaining in the first period. Odessa came back with three in the second to open up a 4-2 lead on their way to the 6-2 final. Guy St. Vincent made his first start in the nets for Memphis since January 28 and took the loss while Dolson, who serves as the back-up to all-star Mike Gorman, played in just his 13th game and picked up the victory.


The RiverKings activated veteran forward Dorian Anneck today (Wednesday) and waived forward Dan Hickman. Anneck had been on the 45 Day IR since being injured in the December 31 game versus Tulsa. In the 26 games before the injury, Anneck had 11 goals and 17 assists for a total of 28 points. Hickman was signed last Friday and was in uniform for both games over the weekend. Anneck, who missed 18 games, is expected to return to the ice on Thursday when the RiverKings host Wichita.


After playing three games last weekend while on call-up to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, defenseman Derek Landmesser was assigned back to the Memphis RiverKings of the Central Hockey League Monday. The CHL's leading defensive scorer will be back on the ice when the RiverKings host the Wichita Thunder Thursday night. The RiverKings also waived defenseman Drew Terry on Monday to open up a roster spot for Landmesser.


Ryan Watson had his career high nine game point streak and four game goal streak snapped in Saturday night's game.

Travis Banga had a four game point streak and a three game goal streak snapped on Saturday as well.

RiverKings rookies Sheldon Wenzel (182), Paul McBrien (149) and Darrell Stoddard (116) are second, third and fourth respectively on the CHL Rookie Penalty Minutes List. Stoddard is also second with 38 minors while Wenzel is fifth with 31. Wenzel and McBrien are second and third on the major penalties list with 14 and 11 respectively. Stoddard is also 11th in Rookie Scoring with 24 points (13g, 11a) and fourth with eight power play goals.

With Derek Landmesser and Don Parsons both missing Friday's game with the Steelhounds, it marked the first time since the 2001-2002 season that a RiverKings game did not feature at least one of the perennial all-stars. Landmesser played with Muskegon of the UHL in 2001-2002 and returned to Memphis the next season. Parsons also had a streak of 162 consecutive games-played snapped. Parsons is out for at least three weeks due to a hairline fracture to his collarbone.


Wednesday, February 15...Players will be visiting Olive Branch Elementary and Center Hill Elementary Schools.

Wednesday, February 22...Players will be visiting Chickasaw Elementary School and the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis


Fans are invited to check out the photo galleries on the RiverKings' website at The photos are in the "Fanzone" drop down menu on the home page.


Gold level tickets for this Thursday night's game with Wichita are two for one; a $17 dollar savings. The game with Lubbock on Tuesday, February 21 will have the two for one gold level ticket as well as two for one hot dogs, two for one soft drinks and two dollar draft beer. The Tuesday, February 28 game is Miller Lite Mardi Gras Night as well as another two for one game. The first 1,500 fans 21 and older receive a set of Mardi Gras beads from Miller Lite in addition to the two for one gold level tickets, two for one hot dogs, two for one soft drinks and the two dollar draft beer.


The Kevin McClelland Show on Sports 56 WHBQ will be off until March 7.


There are date changes for March that are not reflected on early versions of the RiverKings' schedule. On March 14, the RiverKings will host Bossier-Shreveport and on March 21, they will be at Bossier-Shreveport. For the most up-to-date and accurate game schedule, please go to

For single-game tickets, call TicketMaster at 901-525-1515, go to or stop by the DeSoto Civic Center box office during business hours.

Don't forget to head to TGI Fridays on Goodman Road after every home game for the "Official RiverKings Post-Game Party."

You can hear all regular-season RiverKings games on Sports 56 WHBQ (AM 560).


Thursday, February 16 7:05

Wichita Thunder (24-15-5, 53 pts, 3rd place NW) @ Memphis RiverKings (18-24-2, 38 pts, tie 2nd place NE)

Promotion: Two for One Gold Level Tickets

DeSoto Civic Center (8400)

Radio: Sports 56 WHBQ (AM 560)

Webcast: (Click "listen live")

TV: (pay per view)

Friday, February 17 7:35

Memphis RiverKings (18-24-2, 38 pts, tie 2nd place NE) @ Oklahoma City Blazers (29-18-2, 60 pts, 2nd place NW)

Ford Center (10,400)

Radio: Sports 56 WHBQ (AM 560)

Webcast: (Click "Listen Live")


Saturday, February 18 7:35

Memphis RiverKings (18-24-2, 38 pts, tie 2nd place NE) @ Tulsa Oilers (22-20-4, 48 pts, 4th place NW)

Maxwell Convention Center (7,111)

Radio: Sports 56 WHBQ (AM 560)

Webcast: (Click "Listen Live")

Tuesday, February 21 7:05

Lubbock Cotton Kings (19-21-3, 41 pts, 3rd place SW) @ Memphis RiverKings (18-24-2, 38 pts, tie 2nd place NE)

Promotion: Two for one gold level tickets, two for one hot dogs, two for one soft drinks and $2 dollar draft beer.

DeSoto Civic Center (8400)

Radio: Sports 56 WHBQ (AM 560)

Webcast: (Click "listen live")

TV: (pay per view)

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