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Scorpions earn point with big third period comeback

November 28, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - New Mexico Scorpions News Release

[ RIO RANCHO, N.M.]- The New Mexico Scorpions, proud member of the Central Hockey League (CHL), grabbed their first point on the road this season as they fell to the Rage 4-3 in a shootout. It was the third time in the last four games the Scorpions picked up at least a point.

The teams wasted no time scoring in the shootout. Bret DeCecco scored for the Rage while Vladimir Hartinger lit the lamp for the Scorps' in the first round. After a quiet second frame, Matic Kralj scored what proved to be the game winner in the third of five rounds.

The Scorpions took the lead in the third period when Jake Brenk recorded his first professional goal. Ryan McLeod gave New Mexico their biggest lead of the game with his eighth goal of the season at the 7:50 mark.

The Rage fought back with two goals of their own. First, Nick Warriner scored on the power play to bring his team within one. Anders Strome continued his three point night by tying the game with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.

Both teams came out firing in the first 20-minutes combining for 22 shots. The Scorpions got on the board first as Lance Herauf netted fourth goal of the season 10:49 into the game. The opening period continued to be played at a fast pace with very few whistles.

Play became more physical in the second period. In the second minute Rocky Mountain 's Craig Olynick elbowed the Scorpions' enforcer Kevin Harvey. As Harvey was on the ice, Andrew Smale came to his aid and dropped the gloves with Olynick and looked impressive.

The Rage gained their first power play of the night six minutes later and eventually turned it into a two-man advantage. Scorps' net minder Walter Bartholomaeus looked strong stopping the four shots he saw as his team was a couple of players down.

Rocky Mountain delighted their home fans 13:25 in as Strome lit the lamp. His initial shot was blocked by Ryan McLeod's leg, but the puck went right back to Strome who was able to score his ninth goal of the season.

The Scorpions continue their three-game road trip Friday in Arizona at 7 PM. The same two teams will also face-off Saturday at Tim's Toyota Center with puck dropping at 7 PM.

Make sure to get your tickets now when the Scorps' return home on Friday, December 8 against Oklahoma City . The Scorpion will celebrate "Ten Years of Scorpions Hockey." Banners will be raised to celebrate the last ten years of a great New Mexican tradition. Culminating the evening will be the induction of Assistant Coach/Director of Community Relations Randy Murphy into the Scorpions Hall of Fame. Please note that the game begins at 7:35 PM.

Season tickets and corporate partnership information is now available for the New Mexico Scorpions inaugural season in the Santa Ana Star Center . Make sure to reserve your seats now to be a part of all the exciting action. Reserve your season tickets under $300. Monthly plans are also available to fit any budget by calling the Scorpions office at (505) 881-PUCK [7825] or by visiting

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