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

12/8/06 - YOUNGSTOWN STEELHOUNDS (9-5-5) @ LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (10-7-1) -

7:05 PM LUBBOCK MUNICIPAL COLISEUM

'HOUNDS AND KINGS MEET FOR THE ONLY TIME

The Lubbock Cotton Kings return home to the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum tonight to host the Youngstown Steelhounds. Lubbock enters the game leading the Southwest Division and seeks to add to their 6-2-0 home record. The Kings have been battling injuries at the blueline recently and have dropped four of their last six games. Tonight marks the only game at home this week for Lubbock, and it marks the only game this season between these two clubs. Youngstown is playing in their fifth game of an eventual eight game road swing and is currently 1-2-1 on the current trip.

THE SERIES

Youngstown and Lubbock met three times last season with the Kings claiming a 2-1-0 series record. That stands as the all-time record as well since the 'hounds joined the CHL last season. Former King Jan Melichercik led the series in scoring with 5 points on a goal and four assists, while Scott Barnes led Youngstown in the series with 4 points on two goals and two assists. The Kings are 1-0-0 all-time against Y-town in Lubbock.

THE LAST TIME

12/3/05 - Jonathan Gagnon's pair of power play goals was part of a trio of power play goals registered by the Youngstown SteelHounds en route to a 3-1 win over the Lubbock Cotton Kings at the Chevrolet Centre. The win by the SteelHounds, their first against a Southern Conference team (1-7-0), ended the Cotton Kings winning streak at three games.

The Cotton Kings registered the first goal of the game to take a 1-0 lead with 2:14 remaining in the opening period. It was a hard working goal, as the puck was held in the zone by Kings forward Kyle Moran and he flung it on net, where Barry Horman awaited a rebound from 'Hounds goaltender David St. Germain. Horman had St. Germain on his toes from the right side of the net and then fed a pass to Josh Anderson on the doorstep of the crease, who slammed it past St. Germain for his fourth goal of the season and his third in the past four games.

Lubbock was in penalty trouble late in the second period and Youngstown's Jonathan Gagnon played a rebound past Lubbock goaltender Brett Koscielny while Youngstown was on the power play and had an extra attacker on the ice for a delayed penalty with 1:46 remaining in the period. Gagnon's goal, which was his second of the season, tied the contest up at 1-1 through two periods of play.

Gagnon continued the third period where he left off the second and 1:53 into the period he scored his second goal of the game (the goals came 3:39 apart). Gagnon played his own rebound and slid the puck past a sprawling Koscielny while the 'Hounds were on a power play. Trailing 2-1, the Kings fought to get back into the game, but the closest they would get would be a Matt Macdonald shot that rung off the post and did not go in. Macdonald was later whistled for a penalty that led to a Jeff Christian power play goal to close the game's scoring with 2:15 remaining.

The Kings had power play opportunities of their own, but went 0 for 10 on the power play. In the combined two games played over the weekend, the SteelHounds tallied all six of their goals on the power play. The win was the first for Youngstown over Lubbock in franchise history.

ROSTER CHANGES

As of press time, the Lubbock Cotton Kings have not made any moves in preparation for tonight's game, while Youngstown waived Doug Orr Wednesday.

STANDINGS

Kings - 21 points, 1st place, Southwest Division.

'Hounds - 23 points, 2nd place, 3 standing points back, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS

Kings - Points: 22 Simon Watson, Goals: 13 Simon Watson, Assists: 12 Kyle Nosan, Penalty Minutes: 62 Paul McBrien.

'Hounds - Points: 36 Chris Richards, Goals: 12 Chris Richards, Assists: 24 Chris Richards, Penalty Minutes: 61 Kelly Sickavish.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kings - Power play: 16.2% 9th, Penalty killing: 88.3% 3rd.

'Hounds - Power play: 16.7% 7th, Penalty killing: 76.3% 12th.

GOALTENDERS

Kings - JF Perras (4-4-0, 0 SO, 2.76), Kyle Stanton (6-3-1, 1 SO, 2.96).

'Hounds - David Currie (3-5-3, 1 SO, 3.28), Brad Roberts (4-0-2, 0 SO, 3.23).

WHAT'S NEXT

Lubbock - Saturday, December 9th 7:00 PM @ Odessa Jackalopes Ector County Coliseum

Youngstown - Saturday, December 9th 7:35 PM @ Oklahoma City Blazers Ford Center

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