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

THIS WEEK:

TUE Nov. 27 SCORPIONS @ Rocky Mountain 7:05 pm Broomfield Events Center

The Scorpions and Rage will meet for the first time. Rocky Mountain joined the CHL this season and plays in the Northwest Conference. The Scorpions are looking to grab their first road win of the year and welcome their new foes into the CHL.

Season Series: First Meeting

All Time Series: First Meeting

FRI Dec. 1 SCORPIONS @ Arizona 7:00 pm Tim's Toyota Center

SAT Dec. 2 SCORPIONS @ Arizona 7:00 pm Tim's Toyota Center

New Mexico continues their weeklong tour of the CHL's newest teams and facilities. The Scorpions will travel to Prescott Valley for a weekend series against the Sundogs. Both teams will become very familiar with each other throughout the month of December. The Scorpions will play 12 games in the coming month; eight of those will be against Arizona.

Season Series: Arizona leads 0-1-0

All Time Series: Arizona leads 0-1-0

LAST WEEK:

Odessa @ SCORPIONS (3-2 WIN) 7:35 pm Santa Ana Star Center

After a week in South Texas , the Scorpions returned to home ice and scored a 3-2 overtime victory over the Odessa Jackalopes. The win snapped a five game skid for the Scorpions.

Mike Prpich was the latest hero for New Mexico as his fourth goal of the season gave the Scorps' the victory. Prpich took an errant Odessa pass and turned it into a two-on-one breakaway and beat Jacklopes' goalie Mike Gorman.

The game started quiet, as neither team was able to score in the first period. Early in the second period, Odessa got on the board with a controversial goal. BJ Pelkey took a shot that Walter Bartholomaeus appeared to save. The puck trickled past Bartholomaeus and barely crossed the goal line just before Mike Falk was able to clear it. The referee immediately signaled goal, much to the dismay of the Scorpions and their fans.

The Scorpions did not sit on their heals as they would comeback with two goals to take the lead heading into the final frame. Falk continued his power play brilliance with the tying goal. It was his fifth power play goal of the season, tops among rookies.

Another New Mexico rookie gave his team the lead when Ryan McLeod notched his seventh goal. It was hard work for the Scorpions on the goal as the puck was worked throughout the Odessa zone for about 30-seconds. Rob Guinn controlled the puck throughout the zone before finding Lance Herauf near the net. Herauf launched a shot that Gorman saved, but McLeod was able to knock the rebound home.

The Jackalopes scored the lone goal of the third period when Mike Ramsey found an opening and pinched the puck past Bartholomaeus to tie the contest at two. Both teams had chances late in the period but the game was destined for overtime.

FRI Nov. 24 Austin @ SCORPIONS (7-4 loss) 7:35 pm Santa Ana Star Center

The Scorpions fought hard throughout the game but fell 7-4 to Austin Friday night. Austin came out of the gate firing with four first period goals en route to the road victory.

Austin's first visit to New Mexico since December 2002 started quick as Jason Kenyon scored his third goal of the year 11:49 into the game. Less than two minutes later, Henry Kuster started his three-point night with a goal.

Former Scorpion Mike Possin extended the Ice Bats' lead to three when he recorded his fourth goal of the season at the 18:42 mark. Austin still wasn't done as a late power play goal by Julian Smith gave the Ice Bats their four-goal cushion after 20 minutes of play.

When the Scorpions came out to start the second period goalie Walter Bartholomaeus replaced Brad Smith in net. The Scorpions responded early as Chris Robertson got New Mexico on the board with his fifth goal of the season.

The Ice Bats would again tally a power play goal halfway through the middle frame as John Ronan picked up a power play goal sending Austin to the locker room with another four-goal cushion.

After Ronan scored early in the final frame, the Scorpions attempted a feverish comeback. It was a power play bonanza as Craig MacDonald scored his third and fourth goals of the year. His second goal was as pretty as they come. Chris Robertson won the draw to MacDonald who ripped the wrist shot past Miguel Beaudry. The Scorpions would add a final power play goal as Lance Herauf knocked home a rebound drawing the Scorps' within two with 6:48 remaining in the contest.

Unfortunately, Austin has grander ideas as a bouncing neutral zone puck ended up on the stick of Kuster. Kuster skated into the New Mexico zone and beat Bartholomaeus high, giving Austin the 7-4 margin of victory.

SAT Nov. 25 Austin @ SCORPIONS (5-1 loss) 7:05 pm Santa Ana Star Center

The fans were treated to an exciting Saturday night affair as the Scorpions earned a point in a 5-4 shootout loss to Austin . The Scorpions forced the extra session with a two-goal, third period comeback.

Former Scorpion and current Ice Bat Mike Possin scored the lone goal in the shootout. The win gave Austin a weekend sweep over the Scorpions as Kevin Couture stopped all five of the Scorpions shootout shots.

New Mexico staged two final period comeback goals to grab the point. After Konrad Reeder tied the game at two halfway through the final frame, Austin powered their way to a two-goal lead.

John McNabb notched his tenth goal of the season as the Ice Bats enjoyed a two-man advantage. Possin would get his first tally of the game only 21-seconds later giving what looked to be a big 4-2 lead.

Mike Prpich became the latest Scorpions hero as he tallied two goals within 58-seconds. Both goals were rebound shots, the first came on the power play after a Lance Herauf blast. The tying goal came after Vladimir Hartinger blasted the puck that Couture barely got a piece of. The puck was lying right on top of the crease and Prpich was able to bring the crowd to their feet with the equalizer.

SCORPIONS TIDBITS:

- PLEASE NOTE THE DEC. 8 GAME VERSUS OKLAHOMA CITY BEGINS AT 7:35 PM. SOME PRINTED MATERIAL HAD THE A LATER START TIME.

- Fri. Dec. 8-"TENTH ANNIVERSARY NIGHT"-The Scorpions organization will celebrate their ten years on the ice. Culminating the night is the induction of former player and current Assistant Coach/Director of Community Relations Randy Murphy into the Scorpions Hall of Fame. Special banners will be unveiled during a ceremony as well as appearances by former Scorpion favorites Peter Ambroziak, Luciano Caravaggio, Derek Crawford, Darcy Pengelly and Travis Van Tighem. The Scorpions will also wear retro jerseys from the 1999-2000 season. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off following the game. In addition, the "legends' jerseys" will also be available during the auction.

- Sat. Dec. 9-"NICKELODEON NIGHT"-Kids of all ages will be excited as their favorite Nickelodeon characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants will be at game. It will be a night of fun and special group pricing is available starting with groups as small as ten.

- WEEKEND BROADCAST SCHEDULE-Thursday and Friday the games can be heard on 610 the Sports Animal. On Saturday, tune into 1050 KTBL for all the play-by-play. For Scorpions fans outside the listening area, you can hear all Scorpions games online by visiting www.scorpionshockey.com.

TEAM NOTES:

The Scorpions will start a season long five game home stand on Dec. 8. New Mexico is tied for the league lead with 18 third period goals.

STANDOUTS:

LANCE HERAUF leads all rookies with 12 assists.

ROB GUINN is tenth among defenseman with 14 points.

CHRIS ROBERTSON has four goals in the last five games.

MIKE PRPICH registered five points (3G, 2A) in his last five games.

RECORD TO DATE: 4-9-1 (9 points)

5th place in Southwest Division

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