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The first place RiverKings play at home this Thursday and then embark on a 9-game, 17 day road trip that will consist of 4,176 miles of travel.  The game this Thursday will be a return engagement, and the seventh and final game this season, with the Wichita Thunder.  The two clubs were involved in a close 3-2 game on Sunday in Wichita and have each won three games in the season series.  Speaking of return engagements, the RiverKings will start their long road trip with two games at Bossier-Shreveport this Friday and Saturday.  The RiverKings have a six point lead on the Mudbugs in the Northeast Division heading into this weekend’s games.

Thursday, February 1
Wichita Thunder (17-16-3, 37 pts, 3rd NW Div) @ Memphis RiverKings (28-8-3, 59 pts, 1st NE Div) 7:05 CST
Radio: Sports 56 WHBQ (AM 560)
Promotion:  First 1,500 fans receive RiverKings CheerStix sponsored by WMC TV Channel 5
Saturday, February 3
Memphis RiverKings (28-8-3, 59 pts, 1st NE Div)  @ Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (24-11-5, 53 pts, 2nd NE Div)  7:05 CST
Radio: Sports 56 WHBQ (AM 560)

Tuesday, February 6
Memphis RiverKings (28-8-3, 59 pts, 1st NE Div)  @ Rocky Mountain Rage (10-24-4, 24 pts, 4th NW Div) 8:05 CST
Radio: Sports 56 WHBQ (AM 560)


Friday, January 26
Bossier-Shreveport 4 Memphis 1 @ BOS
The Mudbugs scored three power play goals as they snapped the RiverKings’ 10 game winning streak. After a scoreless first period, Jason Sessa put the RiverKings on the board first with his 19th goal, 11th on the power play, at 1:58 of the second.  The Mudbugs would then score the next four goals, two each in the second and third periods for the win. Bossier-Shreveport goalie John Decaro stopped 25 of 26 shots to get the win.  The RiverKings’ Kevin Schieve made 24 saves on 28 shots and took the loss. 

 Saturday, January 27
Memphis 4 Oklahoma City 3 SO @ DCC
The RiverKings rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second period in front of 8,312, the largest crowd to ever see a game at the DeSoto Civic Center.  Ryan Campbell scored two goals and Jason Sessa was credited with the game winner in the shootout.  The game also featured a combined 179 PIM, 138 of that occurring in the second period, 15 fighting majors and six misconduct penalties.  Louis Dumont scored the first goal for the RiverKings as the team picked up a franchise record 10th consecutive home win.  Larry Sterling made 30 saves and stopped all three Blazer attempts in the shootout for the win.  

 Sunday, January 28
Wichita 3 Memphis 2 @ WIC
Thunder veteran Joe Blaznek scored all three of this team’s goals for his 6th career hat trick. Ryan Campbell and Jason Sessa each scored their 21st goals of the season to account for the RiverKings’ scoring.  The RiverKings outshot the Thunder 34-24 for the game and 12-6 in a third period, but were held to 0-for-8 on the power play.  The Thunder win evened the season series with the RiverKings at three wins apiece with the seventh and final game between the clubs coming up on Thursday.

The 8,312 paid attendance for Saturday’s game set the record for the largest crowd to see the RiverKings at the DCC.  That number eclipsed the previous high which was the 7,702 in attendance for the Face Off Field Trip game on Tuesday, January 23. In total, the paid attendance for the two games last week was over 16,000.  The single-game franchise record for attendance is 9,643 on November 21, 1992 versus the Dallas Freeze at the Mid South Coliseum.

The Central Hockey League announced last week that the RiverKings’ game at Oklahoma City that was postponed on January 13 has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 22 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.  Game time will be at 7:05.  With the move of this game, the RiverKings will end the season with 8 games in the final 12 days of the season.

The RiverKings’ 10 game home winning streak is the longest in franchise history.  The team’s previous record of 9 straight home wins was from 1/25/02-2/16/02.  

 Forward Jason Sessa has a goal in each of his last 3 games and 5 goals in his last 5 games.

 The RiverKings finished the month of January with a 9-2-0 record.  It was the best January the team has had in its 15 year history.  The previous best of  7-3-1 occurred in January of 2002. 

 With 79 goals in a RiverKings sweater, center Travis Banga is one goal shy of tying Brent Fleetwood for 5th on the team’s all-time goals scored list.  Fleetwood scored 80 goals with the RiverKings between the 94-95 and 96-97 seasons.  Banga is just 7 goals from jumping ahead of Jonathon Gagnon (4th place) and Bobby Wallwork for third place. Banga’s 99 assists put him in 9th place on the all-time list, 2 short of Fleetwood’s number 8 spot.  His 178 points have him currently 8th all-time, 3 shy of Fleetwood. 

 After Saturday's rally, the RiverKings are tied with Corpus Christi for the most wins in the CHL when trailing entering the 3rd period with 5.  The RiverKings are 5-7-0 when down entering the 3rd period.

 The RiverKings have scored the most goals in the CHL with 149.  Their average of 3.82 goals scored per game is second to Colorado’s 3.89. 

The RiverKings and the Wichita Thunder played for the 100th time on Sunday.  The RiverKings have now played each of the other original CHL teams (Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Wichita) at least 100 times.  The RiverKings have played the Boilers the most (110) followed by the Blazers (106) and the Thunder (100).

“4,176”--- The mileage that the RiverKings will log during the upcoming 9 game road trip from 2/2-2/17 that will take them to Bossier-Shreveport, Rocky Mountain, Colorado, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Rio Grande Valley and Austin. 

Ryan Held turned 27 on Tuesday
Louis Dumont turned 34 on Tuesday

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. 

Don’t forget to pick up your RiverKings Game Program at every game for $2.  Programs will feature different covers throughout the season, updated player roster photos, team history features and more.  Each program will also include a game day insert with game notes and player stats. 

The RiverKings radio show, the Kevin McClelland Show on Sports 56 WHBQ will be off until February 27. As usual the show will originate live at Beef O’ Brady’s from 6 to 7 pm.  Remember to e-mail your questions to 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. 

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.  

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