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Shots from the Point for February 20, 2012

February 20, 2012 - Central Hockey League (CHL) News Release

Top Three

1.) Six Pack- The two hottest teams in the CHL, Texas (26-17-8) and Evansville (32-13-4), are both on six-game win streaks. Texas has worked its way into the conversation in the race for the Berry Conference lead with their six straight wins. The Brahmas have outscored the opposition 16-5 over their win streak earning three shutouts in the process. Mark Guggenberger has had the hot hand in net winning all six games and along the way has set a new CHL record for consecutive scoreless minutes (238:31) beating John DeCaro's mark from the 2007-08 season (222:41). The Texas rookie won the CHL All-Star Game stopping 35 of 36 shots and then was injured the very next game (Jan. 14). The Richfield, Minnesota native has not lost a game in regulation since his return from the injured reserve going 6-0-1. On the season, he is 15-4-3 with a league-best 1.88 goals against average and a league-best save percentag e of .929. Texas is in third place in the Berry six points behind second place Allen. Evansville's six-game win streak has propelled them to the top of the Turner Conference leading Fort Wayne by three points. The IceMen have outscored the opposition 21-10 over their win streak and have relied heavily on the offensive play of Todd Robinson who has four goals and seven assists during the streak. The veteran leads the league with 71 points (17-54=71) on the season. Texas next plays in Allen on Tuesday and Evansville next hosts Arizona on Wednesday.

2.) Rush Look to Break Mavs Spell- The Rapid City Rush (26-17-5) and the Missouri Mavericks (28-17-4) meet on Tuesday night in Missouri in what will be a huge game for both teams. The Rush are tied with Quad City for fourth in the Turner Conference with 57 points, three behind Missouri, and are looking for their first win against the Mavs this season. Missouri is in third place, three points ahead of the fourth place pair and five points behind the second place Fort Wayne Komets. Missouri is 3-0 this season against the Rush with Ed McGrane leading the way with two goals and three assists in those three games. The Rush will be playing six of their next eight games away from home.

3.) High Scoring Blue Lines- The Evansville IceMen are lucky enough to have a pair of high scorers back on defense in Steve Makway and Matt Gens who have combined to score 12 goals and 59 assists. Makway ranks first among all d-men with 36 points (4-33-37) and Gens is second with 34 points (8-26=34). The duos 71 combined points is the most of any defensive pair in the league with Fort Wayne's Frankie DeAngelis and Jamie Milam ranking second with 64 points and Tulsa's Sean Erickson and Jeff Terminesi third with 61 points. The second and third ranked defensive duos go head-to-head on Tuesday when Fort Wayne travels to Tulsa.

Inside the Numbers

3 - The number of shootouts the Allen Americans have played in during their last five games going 3-1-1 in those five contests. In the shootouts, the Americans are 2-1 winning in Dayton on Friday and in Fort Wayne on Saturday. Allen is 29-12-8 on the season and 3-5 in shootouts. Their eight shootouts are tied for the second most in the CHL with only Rio Grande Valley playing in more (9).

On the Fly

-A pair of Evansville forwards are carrying 10-game point streaks in Brian Bicek and Todd Robinson. Bicek leads the league with 31 goals and has eight goals and four assists during his point streak. Robinson leads the league in scoring with 71 points and has six goals and 11 assists during his point streak. The longest streak in the CHL this season is 14 games set by Allen's Bruce Graham.

-The Arizona Sundogs are in the final week of their season-long 11-game road trip with just three games remaining; Wednesday in Evansville, Friday in Fort Wayne and Saturday in Dayton. The Sundogs are 3-5-0 through the first eight games and with a strong finish can possibly push the record above .500.

-Wichita's Matt Robinson scored 39 goals last season but through 36 games this season was well behind that pace with 15 scores. However, in the last 12 games, the CHL All-Star has caught fire scoring 10 goals and now leads the Berry Conference leaders with 25 goals on the season. Last week, Robinson scored four times over a three-game stretch with all three goals serving as game winners. On Monday, he was named the Oakley CHL Player of the Week.

-Dayton has earned points in four of their last six games going 2-2-2 over that stretch. The Gems defense has been especially impressive allowing just 13 goals in those six games.

-The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees started strong after the All-Star break winning three of four games but since that hot play, the Bees have struggled to a 3-10-2 record and have now lost six straight games (0-5-1). The Bees have been able to keep pace though as Tulsa, the fourth place team in the Berry Conference, has gone just 6-7-2 over those same 15 games. The Bees will look to end their slide on Wednesday in Laredo.

-The Fort Wayne Komets got back in the win column on Sunday with a win in Bloomington. It was the second straight game the Komets had to play without All-Star goaltender Nick Boucher who has been suspended by the CHL for four games for his actions in Friday's Komets game. Boucher will have to miss Tuesday's game in Tulsa and then Friday's game versus Arizona. Bryant Molle was also suspended three games for his actions in the same game.

-Quad City forward Eric Giosa continues his hot play with five goals and four assists over his last five games. The Flock's high-scoring sniper now sits third in the CHL with 63 points (26-37=63), four behind teammate Brandon Marino (29-38=67) for second place.

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