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February 24, 2007 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

2/24/07 - AMARILLO GORILLAS (26-20-3) @ LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (17-25-6)

- 7:05 PM CITY BANK COLISEUM

INCHING CLOSER

The Lubbock Cotton Kings play the middle game of a three-in-three weekend set tonight and also open up a home-and-home series with the I-27 rival Amarillo Gorillas. Both teams are coming in off of losses, but the Cotton Kings moved closer to getting in the playoff race last night despite losing in a 14-round shootout to Oklahoma City (4-3). Lubbock, winless in their last four (0-2-2), enters tonight's game eight standing points back of Austin and Rio Grande Valley, who are each locked up for the final playoff spot. Lubbock also has a game-in-hand over Austin and three over Rio Grande Valley. Amarillo comes in after a discouraging 10-2 loss Thursday in Laredo and seeks to end a three-game winless streak, as they sit two-standing points behind division leading New Mexico.

THE SERIES

It is the eighth of 11 meetings on the year, the fifth of six in Lubbock and the 82nd all-time meeting. Lubbock brings in a 44-25-12 all-time series record and Amarillo brings a 37-38-6 all-time series mark. Lubbock leads the season series 4-3-0, but they have dropped three consecutive games to the Gorillas. The Kings are led by Kyle Nosan (3g,5a) and Simon Watson (3g,5a), who each have 8 points in the series. The Gorillas are led by Bill Vandermeer, who has 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points in the series. Former King Jan Melichercik (10g,34a) has 44 points against Amarillo to stand as the all-time leader in scoring against Amarillo for the Kings. Amarillo's all-time leader in scoring against Lubbock is former Gorilla Derek Hahn, who has 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points.

THE LAST TIME

2/9/07 - Former Lubbock Cotton Kings netminder Shawn Conschafter stopped 29 of 30 shots on net lifting the Amarillo Gorillas to a 2-1 victory over the Lubbock Cotton Kings at City Bank Coliseum.

Amarillo's Rich Hansen got the scoring started at 3:28 of the first period as he slipped the puck past Lubbock goaltender J.F. Perras. In the second period, Amarillo out-shot the Cotton Kings 17-6 and they were able to increase their lead to two. The Gorillas Keith Detlefsen lit the lamp at the 14:12 mark of the second period for the 2-0 advantage.

Lubbock would finally get on the board at 5:37 of the third period with a tally from Jimmy Callahan, as he sent a wrister into the back of the net at the doorstep of the crease. The Kings out-shot the Gorillas 16-7 in the third period and tried to rally for the comeback with some late chances, but unfortunately for the Cotton Kings, Callahan's goal stood as their only score of the evening.

Amarillo's Conschafter recorded his 12th win in net, allowing just one goal on the night. Lubbock's Perras made 29 saves off of 31 Gorillas shots on net in the loss. Amarillo was 0-for-8 on the power play, while the Cotton Kings were 0-for-6 on the man-advantage. The Gorillas out-shot Lubbock 31-30 for the night.

ROSTER CHANGES

Lubbock moved forward Michael Young to the IR prior to the game last night and activated defenseman Stacey Bauman.

STANDINGS

Kings - 40 points, 5th place, 17 points back, Southwest Division.

Gorillas - 55 points, 2nd place, 2 points back, Southwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS

Kings - Points: 45 Anders Strome / Bobby Brown, Goals: 24 Anders Strome, Assists: 29 Bobby Brown, Penalty Minutes: 167 Paul McBrien.

Gorillas - Points: 65 Bill Vandermeer, Goals: 32 Bill Vandermeer, Assists: 41 Rich Hansen, Penalty Minutes: 199 David Silverstone.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kings - Power play: 14.0% 14th, Penalty killing: 85.9% 4th.

Gorillas - Power play: 16.6% 7th, Penalty killing: 83.3% 12th.

GOALTENDERS

Kings - JF Perras (11-13-2, 2 SO, 3.05), Kyle Stanton (6-12-4, 1 SO, 3.39).

Gorillas - Shawn Conschafter (14-11-1, 1 SO, 3.24), Jamie Vandespyker (12-9-2, 0 SO, 3.49).

WHAT'S NEXT

Lubbock - Sunday, February 25th

5:00 PM @ Amarillo Gorillas Cal Farley Coliseum

Amarillo - Sunday, February 25th

5:00 PM vs. Lubbock Cotton Kings Cal Farley Coliseum

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