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February 9, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rocky Mountain Rage News Release

Feb. 6 @ Wichita Thunder, 8-2 Win - Still a 3-2 hockey game mid-way through the second period, Simon Watson scored unassisted at 13:04 and Daymen Rycroft struck short-handed at 15:28 to break this one open for the Rage. The eight goals tied a team record for most goals in a game as Watson, Rycroft, and Colt King all had two tallies on the evening.

Feb. 8 @ Mississippi RiverKings, 5-1 Loss - A showdown against one of the three Northeast Division teams the Rage are trying to chase down in the Northern Conference standings, Watson lit the lamp with a short-handed goal at 13:09 of the opening period. Still on the power play, the RiverKings responded at 14:18 to tie the game at one and proceeded to tack on two more to end the frame with a 3-1 lead. Rocky Mountain squandered several opportunities to get back into the game on the power play, going 0 for 10 on the evening, as the club eventually gave-up five unanswered to lose the first of a two-game set in Mississippi.


Tuesday, Feb. 10, @ Mississippi RiverKings, DeSoto Civic Center, 6:05 p.m. MST

Radio: ESPN Radio 1600, LIVE at 5:55 p.m.

Live Audio & Video Webcast: CHL Network on

Friday, Feb. 13, @ Wichita Thunder, Kansas Coliseum, 6:05 p.m. MST

Radio: ESPN Radio 1600, LIVE at 5:55 p.m.

Live Audio & Video Webcast: None available from the Coliseum

Sunday, Feb. 15, vs. Mississippi RiverKings, Broomfield Event Center, 3:05 p.m.

Breast Cancer Awareness Day: Rage will wear specialty jerseys which will be auctioned off following the game to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Broomfield Event Center Foundation.

Special Guests: Professional bull rider Tony Mendez and his riding partners plus Miss Colorado USA Patrice Williams and Miss Colorado Teen USA Taylor Schettler will all be on hand to sign autographs throughout the game.

Ladies Day: 2 Tickets, 2 Slices of Pizza, and 2 Glasses of Wine for just $30!

Radio: ESPN Radio 1600, LIVE at 2:55 p.m.

Live Audio & Video Webcast: CHL Network on


After splitting their two games last week, the Rage still comfortably reside in the fifth and final playoff spot in the Northern Conference 16 points ahead of the sixth-place Rapid City Rush. The team trails the fourth-place Oklahoma City Blazers by six points and is eight points behind the third-place RiverKings.


Rocky Mountain is now 2-3-0 on its season-long seven-game road trip which concludes on Friday in Wichita. The club returns to Broomfield Event Center on Sunday for its only home game during the month of February when it faces-off against the RiverKings for the third time in four games. Then the Rage pack their bags for five more road dates through the end of the month, all part of a stretch of 12 of 13 away from home.


Simon Watson is on a tear as of late. By scoring the Rage's only goal in their loss to Mississippi last night, he extended his point streak to seven straight games, the second longest streak in the league right now. The third-year pro out of St. Lawrence University has 11 points (7g-4a) over the course of the streak with all seven goals coming in the last six games. Prior to his recent goal scoring magic, Watson had gone goalless over 10 straight contests.


When they hung an eight-spot on the Thunder on Friday, the Rage matched their team record for most goals in a game. The club previously exploded for eight goals on Jan. 27, 2007, in an 8-4 win against the Arizona Sundogs. The six-goal winning margin also tied a team mark set on four other occasions. Colt King and Daymen Rycroft combined for eight points during the runaway win with two goals and two assists apiece. Their respective four-point nights tied the team season-high for most points in a game first achieved by Jarred Mohr on Jan. 9 and by Rycroft on Jan. 25.


King's tallies on Friday marked the fourth time in six games that he scored two goals. The Rage's #45 has established new career highs in goals (22), assists (27), and points (49) this season and leads Rocky Mountain in all three categories. Rycroft is second across the board in all three categories with totals of 21g-25a-46pts.


Watson and Rycroft's short-handed goals last week give the Rage 12 shorties this year, tying them with the Colorado Eagles for second in the league behind the Texas Brahmas (13) ... Rocky Mountain has reached five games above .500 on five different occasions this season but has failed on every attempt to climb six games above the break-even point. Sunday's loss serves as the most recent example ... Rob Chappell dropped the gloves for the 17th time on Sunday, tying him for the fourth most fighting majors in the league with Mississippi's Adam Smyth. He is also fourth in the CHL with 173 penalty minutes this year ... The Rage are exactly ¾ of the way through the campaign. The team has just 10 road games and six home games remaining on the regular season docket ... Heading into Sunday's tilt, Rocky Mountain had scored 11 power play goals in its previous three games and was clipping at a 35% rate with the extra man since tying a team record with five power play markers during a 6-3 win over New Mexico on Jan. 9. The PP hit a stonewall against the RiverKings, though, going 0 for 10.

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