Cotton Kings Game Night Preview
11/3/06 - RIO GRANDE VALLEY KILLER BEES (3-1-0) @ LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (2-2-0)
- 7:05 PM LUBBOCK MUNICIPAL COLISEUM
YOUR PLACE OR MINE?
The Lubbock Cotton Kings and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees open a two-game home-and-home series tonight at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, concluding the weekend set tomorrow night 650-plus miles south in Hidalgo, Tx. Lubbock is seeking to end a two-game winless streak, while the Bees try to extend a three-game winning streak and remain perfect (1-0-0) on the road. Rio leads the Southeast Division, while the Kings enter the weekend four standing-points back of Southwest Division leading Arizona and in third place.
The two clubs are meeting for the first time this season and the tenth time all-time. Lubbock went 3-1-0 last season against the Bees and they stand 6-3-0 all-time. Former Cotton King Emery Olauson (3g,5a), who is now with Rio Grande Valley, has 8 points in the all-time series to lead the Kings against Rio. The Bees are led in the all-time series by former King Matic Kralj (now with Rocky Mountain), who has 5 points off 2 goals and 3 assists. Rio Grande Valley is 3-5-1 all-time against Lubbock and is 2-1-1 in Lubbock.
THE LAST TIME
3/14/06 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening period and held on for a 3-2 win at the Dodge Arena over the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees.
Rio Grande Valley came out strong and controlled the tempo of the third period, but big time saves by Lance Leslie and a pair of power play opportunities gave the Kings confidence. That confidence led to a trio of first period goals. Bobby Brown book-ended the period with a pair of goals with his first coming with 6:17 remaining in the period on a power play conversion. 2:18 later, the Kings remained perfect on the power play with Emery Olauson connecting on a one-timer fed from Bobby Brown that was smoked by goaltender Terry Dunbar. Brown closed the period with a goal as 30.5 seconds remaining by converting on a two-on-one by poking a pass from Josh Anderson through the five-hole of Dunbar for the 3-0 lead through the first period.
Lubbock received their third power play opportunity of the game early in the second period, but it was the Bees that took advantage of the Kings power play. Bees defenseman Sean Gillam split the Kings defense with a lead pass that hit the tape of the stick of Aaron Phillips, leading to a shorthanded breakaway goal 7:32 into the period. Rio Grande Valley received a power play opportunity of their own and cashed in on it 3:47 later. Nathan Rosychuk was able to dig up a loose puck in the left side of the crease and shovel it past a sprawled out Lance Leslie to cut the Kings lead to 3-2.
Rio Grande Valley's offensive pressure was unreal in the third period. They out-shot the Kings 14-7 and the final 1:45 of regulation had all the drama. After pulling goaltender Evan Lindsay (replaced Dunbar in the second period) for the extra attacker, a kneeing penalty on Jason Beatty led to a six-on-four man advantage for the Bees but the Kings defense and Leslie persevered for the win.
Leslie stopped 42 of 44 shots in the win, while Dunbar (stopped 11 of 14 shots) suffered the loss. Lindsay stopped all 15 shots in relief. The Cotton Kings closed the game going 2 for 4 as Rio finished 1 for 4 on the man advantage. Bobby Brown led all scorers with a pair of goals and an assist for a three-point night.
Lubbock and Rio Grande Valley have not made any moves as of press time in regards to tonight's game.
Kings - 4 points, 3rd place, 4 points back, Southwest Division.
Killer Bees - 6 points, 1st place, Southeast Division.
Kings - Points: 8 Bobby Brown, Goals: 5 Bobby Brown, Assists: 7 Kyle Nosan, Penalty Minutes: 19 Paul McBrien.
Killer Bees - Points: 5 Matt Reynolds, Goals: 4 Matt Reynolds, Assists: 4 Dennis Maxwell, Penalty Minutes:15 Dennis Maxwell.
Kings - Power play: 21.9% 6th, Penalty killing: 80.7% T12th.
Killer Bees - Power play: 24.2% 3rd, Penalty killing: 80.7% T12th.
Kings - JF Perras (0-1-0, 0 SO, 6.13), Kyle Stanton (2-1-0, 0 SO, 2.61).
Killer Bees - Jeff Van Nynatten (1-1-0, 0 SO, 4.00), Mathieu Blanchard (2-0-0, 0 SO, 1.50).
Lubbock - Saturday, November 4th 7:35 PM @ Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees Dodge Arena
Rio Grande Valley - Saturday, November 4th 7:35 PM vs. Lubbock Cotton Kings Dodge Arena
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