The New Mexico Scorpions got the proverbial monkey off their backs Friday night with a quality road effort in Arizona to pick up their first victory of the season on opposition ice. Just acquired goaltender David Cacciola quickly endeared himself to his teammates with a big night, named the games first star while making 31 saves in a 3-2 win. Ironically, the Scorpions were the only road team to win Friday, with the other six games played ending in home club victories.
Friday Night CHL Results
New Mexico 3 @ Arizona 2
The Scorpions pick up their first road win of the season with a gritty effort and a big night from new goaltender David Cacciola. Cacciola, whose rights were acquired from Bossier-Shreveport earlier in the week for future considerations, made 31 saves in his debut with the club. The clubs meet against Saturday night in Arizona.
New Mexico: Macdonald, Reeder, Hartinger
Arizona: DaSilva, Greene
Laredo 2 @ Austin 4
Miguel Beaudry stopped 42 of 44 Laredo shots to earn his 4th win of the season and give the Ice Bats the victory in the front end of a home and home series. Austin never trailed, and picks up two points in the extremely muddled Southeast Division. John McNabb had his 11th and 12th goals of the season, the latter coming into an empty net.
Laredo: McHugh, Korchinski
Austin: McNabb (2), Virtue, Kenyon
Corpus Christi 3 @ Rio Grande Valley 4 (OT)
Rio Grande Valley allowed Corpus Christi to tie the game on three separate occasions but never trailed, finally emerging victorious on Mike Loobys game winner 2:55 into overtime. The Rayz had tied the game with just over two minutes remaining on a power play goal by Derrick McIver, his eighth score of the season. The clubs also play Saturday night, this time in Corpus Christi.
Corpus Christi: McIver, Lindberg, Turek
Rio Grande Valley: Newson, Voltera, Robert, Looby
Colorado 0 @ Odessa 7
The Jackalopes held the CHLs most productive attack scoreless, handing the Eagles their first shutout loss since a 5-0 loss in Wichita on March 1st of 2006. Odessas special teams play was dominant, clicking on 4 of 9 power play opportunities and scoring shorthanded while holding Colorado scoreless in seven opportunities with the man advantage.
Odessa: Latulippe (2), Ramsay (2), Bedard, Shrum, Bablitz
Shutout: Derek Dolson, 34 Saves
Lubbock 1 @ Bossier-Shreveport 2
The Mudbugs continue to state their claim as the CHLs stingiest defense, entering action Friday with a CHL-best team goals against average of just 2.41. Goaltender Ken Carroll earns his fifth win of the season with 25 saves and just missed his 21st career CHL/WPHL shutout, broken up on Simon Watsons power play goal with under five minutes remaining.
Bossier-Shreveport: Williamson, Brassard
Youngstown 3 @ Memphis 4
Memphis wins their third in a row despite trailing 2-0 early, scoring four straight before Jeff Christian brought the SteelHounds within a goal by scoring with the Youngstown net empty for an extra attacker. Larry Sterling made 28 saves in the Memphis net to pick up his CHL-leading 10th win of the season.
Youngstown: Lardner, Shaffer, Christian
Memphis: Sessa, Campbell, McGregor, Stoddard
Rocky Mountain 2 @ Wichita 4
Wichita standout defenseman Daniel Tetrault made a triumphant return to the ice, out since November 3rd with an injury. Tetrault scored a power play goal in the second period and assisted on Jason Dudas game winner early in the third.
Rocky Mountain: Mark Wires, Bret Dececco
Wichita: Tetrault, Duda, Lauzon, Clayton
Oklahoma City @ Tulsa PP
Postponed due to inclement weather conditions. No make up date yet determined.