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December 7, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) News Release

MNH - Monday Night Hockey

There is one game in the CHL tonight (Monday, December 7) as the Amarillo Gorillas (8-10-4) look to extend their point streak to five games then they host the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (9-10-0) at the Amarillo Civic Center. The Gorillas and Mudbugs played Friday night in Bossier City with Amarillo coming away with a 5-4 win. Andrew Smale scored two goals and had an assist. The Gorillas have gone 2-0-2 in their last four games and the Mudbugs have dropped back-to-back contests. Tonight is the first trip to Amarillo for the 'Bugs since March of 2006. All of tonight's action can be seen LIVE on CHL-TV (visit http://chltv.insinc.com for ordering information).

Eagles Pair Soar to the Top

A pair of Eagles have found their way to the top of the scoring charts with Riley Nelson leading the CHL with 36 points (13-23=36) and Kevin Ulanski sitting second with 34 points (12-22=34). The Eagles (14-4-1) are in first place in the Northern Conference with 29 points winning back-to-back games in Wichita over the weekend. Nelson has points in nine straight games totaling four goals and 12 assists over that stretch. Ulanski has four goals and five assists in his last five games.

Rushing Into a Win Streak

The Rapid City Rush (12-6-1) have won six straight games and are keeping pace with the Colorado Eagles for the top spot in the Northern Conference currently trailing by four points. The Rush have done most of their damage at home winning nine of 12 games at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena. The Rush have outscored the opposition 25-12 over their six game win streak with Les Reaney holding the hot hand with four goals and seven assists over the six-game stretch. Rapid City will look for seven straight wins on Tuesday night in Missouri versus the Mavericks.

Streaking Teams Meet in Texas

Two of the hottest teams in the CHL meet on Wednesday night at the Allen Event Center when the Allen Americans (15-4-1) face the Texas Brahmas (10-9-3). The two teams have built quite a rivalry already in the brief history with the Americans winning two of the three games so far. Two of the contests have gone to a shootout with each team winning once. In the last meeting, Texas' James Hiebert's collision with Allen goaltender Charlie Effinger landed the Americans goaltender on the injured reserve and saddled Hiebert with a one-game suspension. Wednesday will be the first meeting since that contest back on November 28. The Brahmas Kevin McLeod leads both teams in the three contests with four goals.

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BY THE NUMBERS

11- The number of goals that the line of Travis Clayton, Shawn Limpright and Jeff Kyrzakos have scored in their last four games. Clayton has five goals and six assists over that stretch.

4-0- The Arizona Sundogs record this season when leading after the first period of play.

70- The number of power play goals that Ryan Tobler has scored in his career with the Colorado Eagles. His PP goal on Sunday was his fourth of the season. Last year, he led the league with 23 goals with the man advantage.

18- The number of saves that Mississippi's Kevin Beech made on Sunday in his season debut. Last year's CHL Most Outstanding Goaltender had missed the previous 21 games with an injury. Beech won his debut versus Missouri 4-2.

7- The number of points that Louis Dumont scored in the RiverKings last two games, both wins. On Friday, the veteran scored four goals in the third period helping his team comeback for a 6-3 win over Colorado. He followed that up with three helpers on Sunday in a win versus Missouri.

SLAP SHOTS

-Corpus Christi signed two former defensemen with Matt Smyth and Jeremy Leroux signing contracts. Tyler Sheldrake, Jeff Alcombrack and Steve Later are all on the injured reserve depleting the Rays defensive unit.

-After scoring just one goal in his first 16 games, Arizona defenseman Chris Bartolone has scored three goals in his last four games.

-Wichita forward Troy Ofukany ended an eight-game point drought by scoring goals in back-to-back games this past weekend. Both of his scores served as game-tying goals.

-The Missouri Mavericks are 4-2-0 in their last six games with both losses coming in heart-breaking fashion. On Sunday, the Mavs were tied at two in Mississippi with 11 seconds remaining. That is when the RiverKings Kevin Cooper scored the game winning goal. On Nov. 28, the Mavs led 2-1 with 6:30 remaining before giving up back-to-back goals to the Mudbugs in a 3-2 loss.

-Three times this season, the Odessa Jackalopes have had the same player score a game-tying third period goal and then go on to score the game winning goal in a shootout. Collin Circelli has done the honor twice and Brian Swiniarski did so just last week in Odessa's win over Laredo.

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