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November 15, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - New Mexico Scorpions News Release


SAN ANGELO 3, SCORPIONS 2 (SO) – The Saints converted 4-of-5 opportunities in the shootout to escape Tingley Coliseum with a 3-2 shootout win over the Scorpions on Friday. Shawn Legault had a goal and an assist for the Scorpions. Peter Ambroziak had the other goal. Miguel Beaudry stopped 33 shots during the game.

ODESSA 2, SCORPIONS 1 – Guy St. Vincent stopped 32 shots but suffered his first professional loss as Odessa clipped the Scorpions by a 2-1 score. Mike Oliveira scored on a 5-on-3 power play in the first period, only to see Don Margettie counter on a rebound two minutes later. Sebastien Thinel broke the tie in the second period and despite the Scorpions’ effort, Odessa was able to send the Scorps to their sixth straight loss at the Ector County Coliseum.

SCORPIONS 5, RIO GRANDE VALLEY 2 – New Mexico’s power play continued its torrid start to the season on home ice, converting 4-of-6 chances in a 5-2 win over the Killer Bees last night at Tingley Coliseum. Peter Ambroziak scored twice, while Randy Murphy, Mike Oliveira and Konrad McKay each posted a goal and an assist. Miguel Beaudry stopped 32 shots to give the Scorpions a .500 record on the weekend.


TOPEKA – The suddenly hot Tarantulas have won four in a row to close within a game of the .500 mark at 4-5-0 after handing Wichita their first loss yesterday in a 4-2 win. The Tarantulas have added three new players since they lost to the Scorpions 5-2 in Topeka on Nov. 2. Rookie Dallas Flaman leads Topeka with nine points (4g-5a) while former Austin winger Tab Lardner leads with seven goals and is second with eight points. Goalie David St. Germain (4-5-0, 2.55 GAA) has been in net for all four of the Tarantulas’ wins during their current streak. Topeka is averaging just 11.3 penalty minutes per game, by far the fewest in the CHL. The Tarantulas play at Fort Worth tomorrow.

WICHITA – The Thunder’s eight-game winning streak to start the season finally came to an end yesterday. Despite two young goalies and a young defensive corps, Wichita is leading the league allowing only 1.89 goals per game. The Thunder have some of the league’s top offensive players as well, with Jason Duda (6g-11a-17pts, T-1st), Travis Clayton (4g-11a-15pts) and Scott Allison (7g-6a-13pts) all ranking in the top 15 in the CHL. Goalies Jamie Vandespyker (5-0-0, 2.03 GAA) and Jason Flick (3-1-0, 1.53 GAA) have been splitting time between the pipes. Wichita is off until hosting Colorado on Friday.

SPECIAL TEAMS SPARKLE AT TINGLEY – Whoever came up with the phrase “Home is where the heart is” must have been thinking about this year’s Scorpions team. In addition to being 3-0-1 at Tingley Coliseum, the Scorpions lead the CHL in both special teams categories on home ice. New Mexico’s power play is a staggering 47.4 percent on home ice (9-for-19) and is the only team in the league still perfect on the penalty kill (22-for-22). Overall, the Scorpions are first on the power play (31.5 percent) and ninth on the penalty kill (85.0 percent). Sunday’s game was the second time this season that the Scorpions scored four power play goals in the same game, having earlier turned the trick against Memphis on Oct. 30.

500 WATCH – With two goals yesterday against Rio Grande Valley, Scorpions forward Peter Ambroziak is now five points away from 500 as a professional. He is the Scorpions’ all-time leading scorer with 319 points (153g-166a) in 272 games with the club.

STINGERS – The Scorpions are just one point out of first place in the Northwest Division behind Wichita, although the Thunder have played two fewer games… New Mexico has played seven road games, most of any CHL team along with Memphis… They are one of just three teams not have any regulation losses at home along with San Angelo and Odessa… Mike Oliveira leads the CHL with ten goals… His eight power play markers are one better than his total with the man advantage all of last year when he lit the lamp 36 times total… Miguel Beaudry is tied for first in the league with six wins… He is also first in the league with 547 minutes played and 298 saves, and is eighth with a 2.52 goals against average… Peter Ambroziak is tied for first in the league with three game-winning goals.


7-3-1 record, 15 pts., 2nd place, Northwest Division (3-0-1 home, 4-3-0 away)

Friday, Nov. 12 San Angelo 3, SCORPIONS 2 (SO) – Shawn Legault – 1 goal, 1 assist

Saturday, Nov. 13 ODESSA 2, Scorpions 1 – Mike Oliveira – 1 goal; Guy St. Vincent – 32 saves

Sunday, Nov. 14 SCORPIONS 5, Rio Grande Valley 2 – Peter Ambroziak – 2 goals; Power Play 4-for-6

Home team in CAPS


Friday, Nov. 19 Scorpions at Topeka Tarantulas (4-5-0, 9 pts., 4th place, Northwest Div.) – 6:35 p.m. MST

Saturday, Nov. 20 Scorpions at Wichita Thunder (8-1-0, 16 pts., 1st place, Northwest Div.) – 6:30 p.m. MST

SCORPIONS ON THE RADIO – The Scorpions are teaming up for the third straight season with SportsRadio 610 The Sports Animal to bring you all of the Scorpions action on the radio. Mike Sheehan returns for his third season as the Voice of the Scorpions. Friday’s game is scheduled to air on SportsRadio 610 The Sports Animal while Saturday’s game will be on Talk Radio 1050 KTBL-AM. The games are also available on the Internet at the Scorpions’ website, via new Internet broadcast partner Archived broadcasts for the past month are also available at

SCORPIONS HOCKEY TALK RETURNS AT NEW LOCATION – Scorpions Hockey Talk returns to the airwaves on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at its regular time this year from 6-7 p.m. at its new location, Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza, located on Jefferson just west of I-25. Join Mike Sheehan, Scorpions coach Bill McDonald and special guests each and every week. This week’s guests are scheduled to be Peter Ambroziak and Randy Murphy.

SCORPIONS TICKETS AND EVENTS – The Scorpions return home on Wednesday, Nov. 24 when they host the Amarillo Gorillas. Faceoff is 7:05 p.m. New Mexico hosts Odessa in back-to-back games on Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27, both at 7:05 p.m. Friday’s game is the first of four Sonic Trading Card Nights to the first 1,000 fans. Saturday’s game is GIANT ThunderStick Night to the first 2,500 spectators.

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