The RiverKings are back atop the CHL Weekly Coach’s Poll and have the best record in the CHL entering the games this weekend. The RiverKings are on a four game winning streak where all games have been of the one-goal variety. The team also enters its game at Wichita this Friday night with a 4-0-0 record on the road this season. The team will return home to host the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs on Saturday at 7:05 at the DCC.
Friday, December 8
Memphis RiverKings (12-3-2, 26 pts, 1st NE Div) @ Wichita Thunder (8-7-2, 18 pts, 3rd NW Div) 7:05
Radio: Sports 56 WHBQ (AM 560)
Saturday, December 9
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (8-9-3, 19pts, 3rd NE Div) @ Memphis RiverKings (12-3-2, 26 pts, 1st NE Div) 7:05
Radio: Sports 56 WHBQ (AM 560)
Featured Non-Profit: Mid-South Shepard Rescue
Promotion: First 1,500 fans receive a Travis Banga Mini Bobblehead sponsored by Cellular South.
Tuesday, December 12
Memphis RiverKings (12-3-2, 26 pts, 1st NE Div) @ Tulsa Oilers (8-6-2, 18 pts, 4th NE Div) 7:05
Radio: Sports 56 WHBQ (AM 560)
WEEK IN REVIEW (2-0-0)
Friday, December 1
Memphis 4 Youngstown 3 @ DCC
The RiverKings scored four unanswered goals to erase a 2-0 deficit. Jason Sessa, Tyler McGregor, Darrell Stoddard and Derek Campbell all scored for the RiverKings as they won their third in a row. Chris Shaffer and Tab Lardner scored 34 second apart in the first to give the Steelhounds the 2-0 advantage. Sessa’s goal at 17:25 of the first started the comeback. Campbell’s goal at 6:41 of the third was the game winner. Larry Sterling stopped 28 of 31 shots to pick up his league leading 10th win. Jason Tessier and Ryan Held each had a pair of assists in the contest.
Sunday, December 3
Memphis 4 Youngstown 3 SO at DCC
The RiverKings made it a four point weekend against the team that is trailing them in the Northeast Division. After falling behind 1-0 on a Youngtown goal 46 seconds into the game, the RiverKings would take a 3-2 lead into the third on goals by Rick Kozak, Phil Aucoin and Louis Dumont. The Steelhounds tied the game in the final two minutes of regulation and forced OT and, eventually, the shootout. Jason Sessa’s conversion in the first round of the shootout would prove to be the game-winner as Larry Sterling stopped all 4 Youngstown attempts. Sterling turned aside 35 of 38 shots in regulation to get the win, his CHL leading 11th of the season.
Northeast Division Standings (Through 11/28/06) TEAM GP W L OTL PTS WPCT GF GA PIM HOME ROAD L-TEN STREAK Memphis 17 12 3 2 26 .765 61 45 443 8-3-2 4-0-0 8-2-0 4-0-0 Youngstown 19 9 5 5 23 .605 74 67 530 5-1-2 4-4-3 4-3-3 0-0-1 Bossier-Shreveport 20 8 9 3 19 .475 42 49 604 6-3-0 2-6-3 4-6-0 0-2-0 Tulsa 16 8 6 2 18 .563 66 62 487 3-2-1 5-4-1 7-2-1 4-0-0
RIVERKINGS BACK AT #1 IN WEEKLY POLL
The RiverKings reclaimed the number one ranking in the CHL Weekly Coach’s Poll that was released today (Wednesday) by the league. The RiverKings held the number one slot for the week of 11/13. Colorado, Oklahoma City, Youngstown and Laredo round out the top 5. The complete poll and details can be found at www.centralhockeyleague.com
RIVERKINGS HERE AND THERE
The RiverKings current streak of four one-goal victories in a row is the longest in team history. The team has had several streaks where they have won three straight games by a goal, the most recent being November 26, November 27 and December 1, 2004 when the team defeated Topeka 4-3, Bossier-Shreveport 4-3 (OT) and Topeka 4-3.
Winger Jason Sessa has scored a goal in each of the last three games and is tied with Travis Banga for the team lead with nine goals on the season. He also has a four game point streak (3-1-4). Sessa leads the team with six power play goals and four game winning goals.
Winger Phil Aucoin has notched at least one point in four consecutive games as well. He has two goals and three assists in those four games.
The RiverKings’ three for three performance on the power play in Sunday’s win has moved them to third in the CHL with a 20.7 conversion percentage. Only Colorado (21.3%) and Tulsa (22.7) are higher.
By scoring his fourth goal of the season in Friday’s win, Derek Campbell is just two goals shy of his career high. Last season, Campbell scored six goals when he split time with the Geleen Smoke Eaters in Holland and the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL.
The RiverKings are 6-0-1 when leading after the first period and 8-0-1 when leading after the second period.
“40%” --- That is the RiverKings’ power play percentage over the last four games. The team has gone 10 for 25 with the man advantage during that stretch.
TEDDY BEAR TOSS RETURNS
Save money on your ticket and help a less fortunate child at the same time. This season’s Teddy Bear Toss is going to take place Friday, December 15 when the RiverKings host Wichita. For that game, anyone who brings a bear (or any new or gently used stuffed animal) to toss onto the ice after the first RiverKings goal gets a $5 discount on a red level seat . Red level seats are normally $12. All stuffed animals collected will be given to the North Mississippi Sexual Assault Resource Center's "Gifts From the Heart" program, which is in conjunction with the U.S. Marines’ "Toys for Tots" program.
HELP SOMEONE STAY WARM THIS WINTER
The RiverKings Kids’ Club is conducting a coat drive during the month of December and you can help with your donation of a gently worn winter coat or jacket. All coats will go to the Salvation Army for distribution to those in need. During games, donations can be dropped off at the Customer Service booth, the Kids’ Club Table behind section 118 and also behind section 112. On non-game weekdays, you can drop your coats off at the RiverKings’ front office at the DeSoto Civic Center from 8:30 am to 5:30 p.m. The deadline for the donations is the Tuesday, December 19 game with Oklahoma City.
KWAC SELLING CD-ROM HOCKEY MANAGER GAME WITH CHL TEAMS
Experience what it would be like to be the general manager of a team in the CHL with Sega’s NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007. You can also be general manager of teams in the NHL, AHL, European leagues…in total, over 20 leagues and over 45,000 players and staff are at your disposal. The game is a CD-ROM that you can use on your desktop or laptop PC. The sale of the games will serve as a fundraiser for RiverKings With A Cause and can be purchased for $25 dollars at the KWAC table behind section 118 during games.
RIVERKINGS PROGRAMS ARE TRUE COLLECTORS ITEMS THIS SEASON
The RiverKings Game Day Program is a must purchase when you come to a game. There will be 13 different editions printed throughout the season with several updated features from edition to edition, including a different cover each edition, an updated schedule with game results and updated player photos for any future roster changes (great for player autographs). The program has also gotten into the spirit of the team’s 15th anniversary. Each program edition will have a different RiverKings history story that goes back and profiles a former player or coach from past RiverKings seasons. To go even farther back, each program edition will also have a feature about when hockey was here in the 60’s when the Memphis Wings and South Stars called the Mid-South Coliseum home. A program sells for $2 and includes a game-day insert with rosters and notes about that night’s game included. The game-day insert sells for $1 by itself. Programs are sold at the main west entrance to the DCC arena before the game and also at the two merchandise stands before and during the game.
KEVIN MCCLELLAND SHOW OFF UNTIL NEW YEAR, REMEMBER TO EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS
With the team playing the next three Tuesdays, the Kevin McClelland Show on Sports 56 WHBQ will be on hiatus until January 2. Also, remember to e-mail your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm on the day of the show and you could win a $10 Beef O’ Brady’s gift certificate if your question is selected as the Email Question of the Week. Stop by Beef O’ Brady’s for a great meal and listen to the show. Host Jim Erickson will talk with the coach and RiverKings player guests. Beef O’Brady’s is located at the corner of Goodman and Malone in the Shops of Southaven in Southaven.
HEAD TO BUFFALO WILD WINGS AFTER EVERY HOME GAME
The new Buffalo Wild Wings on Airways Blvd. in Southaven is the “Official Post-Game Hangout of the RiverKings.” Fans are invited to the post game party after every RiverKings home game. Grab some great wings, a post game beverage and talk with the players.