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Shots from the Point for February 14, 2011

February 14, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) News Release

Three Top Stories for Week of Monday, February 14

#1- Rush Streak Faces Huge Test

The Rapid City Rush (29-17-4) won a pair of 4-2 decisions over the Arizona Sundogs (18-25-5) this past weekend extending their CHL season-long win streak to 10 games. The streak ties the Rush's franchise record set during the 2009-10 season and it has propelled the defending CHL Champs to the top spot in the Turner Conference with 62 points. The Rush have a big hurdle in front of them this week when they host the Colorado Eagles (29-17-3) on Tuesday night in a battle for the conference lead, Colorado currently sits with 61 points. The Eagles have been dominant in the season series versus the Rush winning seven of the nine match-ups so far.

Note: Rapid City forward Ryan Menei has six goals in his last five games taking over the league-lead with 32 goals on the season.

#2- Americans Look for Revenge

The Allen Americans look to avenge their 4-1 loss on Sunday to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees when they visit South Texas on Tuesday night. Sunday's loss marked the first to a sub-.500 team for the Americans since Dec. 4 (Laredo). The Americans had their five-game win streak snapped but still find themselves in command of the Berry Conference with a 17 point lead over both Bossier-Shreveport and Tulsa. Allen is 7-1-0 in their last eight road games and the Killer Bees are on a four-game point streak going 2-0-2 in their last four contests. Colton Yellow Horn has paced the Americans lately scoring five goals with three assists in his last five games.

#3- Mavs Make a Statement

The Missouri Mavericks entered last week stuck in a slump that had them 4-9-1 since New Year's Eve and falling closer to the bottom of the conference than the top. But this week, the Mavs made some noise going 3-0-1 earning seven of a possible eight points including winning two of three games versus the Colorado Eagles in their three-in-three series showdown. Mavs goaltender Robby Nolan allowed just five goals in his time in those four games and he earned the decision in all four games going 3-0-1. With their strong play, the Mavs have moved back into the upper half of the Turner Conference with 53 points (tied for fourth) sitting just two points behind third place Quad City.

By the Numbers

121:11- The current consecutive scoreless minute streak for Fort Wayne goaltender Kevin Reiter who is coming off back-to-back shutouts. The netminder made 20 saves in a 2-0 win at Dayton on Saturday and then followed that up with a 28 save effort in a 2-0 win at home over Evansville on Sunday. Reiter's 2.42 GAA is third in the CHL. The Komets play next on Wednesday in Bloomington.

3- The number of game winning goals that Missouri's Mike Berry totaled this past week giving him six on the season (tied for second in the CHL). Berry's clutch play earned him the Oakley CHL Player of the Week honors. The first-year Maverick has scored goals in five-straight games marking a franchise record and the longest active streak in the CHL.

16- The number of career CHL shutouts that Bossier-Shreveport's John DeCaro has after Saturday's 5-0 win in Laredo. DeCaro's 16 shutouts are fifth on the league's all-time list and he is now just one behind Mike Gorman (17 shutouts) for fourth place on the all-time list. The 'Bugs have won three straight games claiming a tie for second place in the Berry Conference.

3- The number of shorthanded goals that the RGV Killer Bees had in their 5-3 win over the Wichita Thunder on Friday night tying the CHL single-game record. Aaron Lewicki scored two of the SHG's and Zak McClellan had the other as the Bees had just two SHG's in the 45 games prior to Friday's win.

13- The number of goals that Texas' Chad Woollard has scored in 16 CHL games in 2011. The veteran forward is streaking once again scoring goals in four straight games (five goals in that stretch). On the season, Woollard has 27 goals ranking seventh in the league.

1,100- The number of career points that Odessa's Todd Robinson had scored after an assist in Allen on Friday. Robinson has 20 goals and 45 assists on the season ranking sixth in the CHL with 65 points.

One-Timers

-Last Friday, Mississippi forward Jeff Christian played in his 1,300th professional game scoring a goal in his team's OT loss. His shorthanded goal on Saturday brings the veteran within a point of another milestone, 500 CHL points. In his first season with the RiverKings, the Burlington, Ontario native has 187 career CHL goals and 312 assists.

-Dayton's Jeff Jakaitis made 52 saves in the team's 2-1 win in Evansville on Friday ranking as the second most saves in a CHL game this season (Texas' Wayne Savage-53 saves). The win was huge for the Gems who have struggled recently going 2-5-1 in their last eight games.

-The Fort Wayne Komets are winning at a .750 clip since Dec. 22 going 16-4-4 over that stretch. For the first time this season, the Komets now have winning records at home (11-10-3) and on the road (10-9-2).

-Bloomington is tied for the league lead with 11 games decided in overtime/shootouts (Laredo is 4-7 in OT/SO games). Each of the last two PThunder games were decided in OT with Bloomington winning versus Mississippi and losing in Wichita. The PThunder is 8-3 in those games decided in OT/SO.

-The Brahmas have gone 4-1-1 in their last six games with rookie goaltender Wayne Savage playing in all of those contests allowing just 14 goals and both losses over that stretch came by just a goal. Savage is 12-8-3 on the season with a 2.55 goals against average.

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