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Shots from the Point for February 18, 2013

February 18, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) News Release

Three Things You Need to Know

1.) Presidents' Day in the CHL- The Denver Cutthroats and the Missouri Mavericks battled in an afternoon game on Monday with the Mavs winning a barn-burner 7-5 and pulling even with the Cutthroats in the standings with 56 points apiece. Trevor Kell scored a goal and had three assists and Colt King added a pair of power play goals for the Mavs. Mikael Bedard scored twice in the loss for the Cutthroats. Missouri finished 2 for 2 on the power play but Denver outshot the Mavs in the game 33-30.

2.) Thunder and Americans Get Familiar- The Wichita Thunder (29-15-6) and the Allen Americans (29-11-9) will meet two more times this week after Sunday's 4-1 Wichita win in front of 8,829 fans at the INTRUST Bank Arena (second largest crowd in the CHL this season). Wichita scored four unanswered goals on Sunday including three power play goals in the third period (the Thunder are 7 for 26, 26.9%, with the man advantage versus Allen this season). Allen is in first place in the Berry Conference with 67 points, three more than Wichita's 64. The teams play in Wichita on Tuesday and then in Allen on Friday night. So far this season, the clubs have split four games with the home team winning each contest. Ian Lowe has scored five goals with an assist in four games versus Allen and Anthony Maiani leads Allen with a goal and six helpers versus Wichita.

3.) Brahmas Fighting for Top Spot- The Fort Worth Brahmas (30-16-5) saw their five-game win streak come to an end on Friday night against the Allen Americans and at the same time fell out of a first place tie with the Americans. The Brahmas home loss was their third straight which is highly unusual for a team who has been about as dominant on home ice as any team in the CHL over the past five seasons. Fort Worth responded by going back on the road and beating the Tulsa Oilers in overtime giving them seven straight road victories, the longest road winning streak in the CHL this season. The Brahmas are back in action at home on Friday versus Missouri and Saturday versus Allen before heading across town to face the Americans in the Allen Event Center on Sunday. Fort Worth is 16-4-1 since New Year's Eve.

By the Numbers

31: The league leading number of goals for Denver forward A.J. Gale entering play on Monday. Gale scored twice in Friday's 6-2 win over Wichita. Gale is tied for second in the league with 66 points (31-35=66). His two goals in the win over the Thunder are his only scored in his last five games. Tulsa's Ryan Menei is second in the league with 28 goals and Arizona's Chad Nehring is third with 27 strikes.


-A couple milestones were reached this past week with Missouri's Sebastien Thinel notching his 800th CHL point on Friday night (sixth player in CHL history to reach 800-point club) and Wichita Head Coach Kevin McClelland coaching in his 500th CHL game on Friday in Denver.

-Quad City rookie Mike Hellyer has been on a tear in 2013 as his hot play has moved him into a tie with Wichita's Greger Hanson for the most points among rookies (44). Hellyer has points in 14 of the 16 games since January 8th totaling 10 goals and 12 assists over that stretch. He is also a +13 over that same span of games.

-Out of the CHL for nearly three months, forward Mikael Bedard has made a nice first impression with the Denver Cutthroats scoring five goals with two assists in three games. Bedard was signed as a free agent just prior to the weekend. He started the year with Arizona where he had seven points in 15 games before being released.

-The Rapid City Rush have enjoyed working overtime this season posting a 2-0 record in OT and a 5-5 mark in shootouts. As of late, the Rush have been able to get wins mostly in the extra sessions with five of their last six wins coming in OT or a SO. Damian Surma has scored the extra time winner twice and on the season leads the league with six shootout goals.

-The Arizona Sundogs are just 1-4-1, dropping three one-goal games, since Scott Muscutt took over as the team's head coach. The slide has Arizona in eighth place in the conference just three points ahead of Quad City who has four games in hand on the Sundogs. Arizona is off until Saturday night when Tulsa visits Tim's Toyota Center for the first time since Dec. 17, 2011.

-Bloomington's Jon Booras has turned up the heat recently with four goals and eight assists in his last six games. The veteran forward is tied for fourth in the CHL in points with 65 points (28-37=65).

-Be sure to catch all of the action on CHL-TV all season long.

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