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Cotton Kings Game Night Preview (vs. Fort Worth)

March 8, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

3/8/06 - FT. WORTH BRAHMAS (16-32-8) @ LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (22-27-4) - 7:05 LUBBOCK MUNICIPAL COLISEUM

SYNCRONICITY

The Lubbock Cotton Kings enter tonight's contest against the Fort Worth Brahmas 11 standing-points out of a playoff spot with 11 games remaining. For "Midwayers," Spirit Guardians and others that look at 11 - 11 as a celestial message, it is faith that the Kings are sitting in this position. For the Kings, they look at the 11 points out with 11 games remaining as a large mountain to climb with no time for despair. Lubbock can not afford a loss tonight and they also seek a win to end a three-game home winless streak. Fort Worth comes in winless in their last two games, but they won their last road game 3-2 in Wichita (2/22).

THE SERIES

Fort Worth is making their first of two visits to Lubbock this season tonight. Last Tuesday, the Kings defeated Fort Worth 6-1 in their first meeting of the season. The Kings lead the all-time series against the Brahmas with a 9-5-2 record, as tonight marks the 17th all-time meeting. Former Kings forward Dave MacIntyre is the Kings all-time series leader offensively with 10 points (4g6a), while the Brahmas are led in the all-time series by former members Chad Woollard (7g,4a) and Ross Harris (5g,6a), who each had 11 points.

THE LAST TIME

2/28/06 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings gained two-goal performances from Bobby Brown and Nolan Graham to roll past the Fort Worth Brahmas 6-1 at the Will Rogers Coliseum in their most convincing road win of the season.

Lubbock wasted no time getting the offense going, coming off a 4-0 shutout loss at home to Amarillo. Nolan Graham ended the Kings shutout sequence at 78:31 converting on a turnover 4:10 into the game with a blast from the top of the slots that snuck through the five-hole of Brahmas goaltender Andrew Martin. Josh Anderson converted on another Brahmas turnover later with a shorthanded goal from the left circle that extended the Kings lead to 2-0 with 6:12 remaining. Bobby Brown assisted on Anderson's goal and was returned the favor 3:29 later. Brown skated across the slots from left to right with defenseman Vladimir Hartinger on his hip, and was able to reach the puck ahead of Hartinger's reach and fling the puck past Martin for a 3-0 lead.

Teams exchanged goals in the second period. Jon Foster earned a hard working goal with 7:23 remaining in the frame after the Kings had a lengthy cycle in the left circle and Foster popped out and fired a driving shot from the left slot past Martin for a 4-0 advantage. Cory Stillman answered right back for the Brahmas 1:48 later by converting on a power play opportunity to cut the Kings lead to 4-1.

The Kings continued their offensive barrage in the third period with Nolan Graham and Bobby Brown each capping their two-goal performances. Graham tallied his second of the contest while the Kings had an extra attacker on the ice for a delayed penalty. The goal was tallied with 8:02 remaining off a shot from the right side that deflected off of Martin's shoulder and into the net. Brown's second goal came on the power play 2:24 later on a wrist shot into the top shelf from the right slot.

Koscielny gained the win in net, stopping 19 of 20 shots on goal to improve his record to 7-10-0. Martin allowed all six goals on 32 shots faced. Each team had a power play goal, with Lubbock going 1 for 4 and Fort Worth converting 1 for 7.

ROSTER CHANGES

Lubbock is without goaltender Lance Leslie and defenseman Stacey Bauman, who each remain on the injured reserve list. Fort Worth will continue without forwards Derek Seal and Chad Nicholson, who are each on the 45-Day IR.

STANDINGS

Kings - 48 points, 3rd place, 20 points back, Southwest Division. Brahmas - 40 points, 4th place, 35 points back, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS

Kings - Bobby Brown 46 points; Nolan Graham 26 goals; Bobby Brown / Jan Melichercik 28 assists; Paul Fioroni 120 penalty minutes. Brahmas - Cory Stillman 53 points; Cory Stillman 27 goals; Wes Mason 32 assists; Chris Bain 211 penalty minutes.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kings - Power play: 14.8% 13th, Penalty killing: 82.1% 14th. Brahmas - Power play: 11.5% 14th , Penalty killing: 82.0% 15th.

GOALTENDERS

Kings - Brett Koscielny (7-10-1, 1 SO, 2.62), Brad Buss (2-5-0, 0 SO, 4.51). Brahmas - Larry Sterling (15-24-3, 1 SO, 3.38), Andrew Martin (0-3-3, 0 SO, 3.94)

WHAT'S NEXT

Lubbock - Saturday, March 11th 7:05 PM vs. Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees Lubbock Municipal Coliseum

Fort Worth - Friday, March 10th 8:05 PM @ Colorado Eagles Budweiser Events Center

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