Cotton Kings Game Night Preview
3/8/07 - NEW MEXICO SCORPIONS (27-20-6) @ LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (21-27-7)
- 7:05 PM CITY BANK COLISEUM
IN THE HUNT
The Lubbock Cotton Kings get right back to work tonight, opening a three-in-three weekend and playing their only home game of the weekend, as they host the New Mexico Scorpions for a Southwest Division battle. Lubbock desperately needs standing points, entering the game four standing points behind Rio Grande Valley for the final playoff spot in the CHL's Southern Conference. Tonight's game is the only game scheduled tonight involving Southern Conference teams. Austin, who is two standing points ahead of Lubbock tied with Odessa, and Rio Grande Valley will gain a game-in-hand over Lubbock since they are off tonight. A Lubbock win would place them two standing points behind Rio Grande Valley and in a three way tie with Odessa and Austin. New Mexico can increase their three-point Southwest Division lead over Arizona with a win tonight. The Scorpions "magic number" for clinching a playoff spot is 10.
This game is the seventh of eight match-ups on the season between the two teams and the third in Lubbock. The Scorps have had won five consecutive games in the series, until Lubbock won the previous meeting last Saturday 4-2. New Mexico is 5-1-0 in the series, and this match-up will be the 64th all-time meeting. Bobby Brown (4g,2a) leads the Kings in the season series with six points, while Lance Herauf (5g,4a) has nine points in the series to lead the Scorps'. Lubbock holds a 29-25-9 all-time record against the Scorps with former King Jan Melichercik leading the all-time series with 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points, while New Mexico holds the all-time advantage with a 34-21-8 mark. Former Scorpion Peter Ambroziak leads the series offensively with 59 points (20g,39a).
THE LAST TIME
3/3/07 - Four power play goals lifted the Lubbock Cotton Kings past the New Mexico Scorpions 4-2 at City Bank Coliseum.
New Mexico's Konrad Reeder snapped home the first score of the game while on the power play with 7:37 left in the first period. Lubbock's Bobby Brown tied the game while on the man-advantage with a shot from the point that zipped past Scorpions goaltender Scott Reid with 54 seconds left in the opening period.
Craig Minard gave the Cotton Kings the 2-1 lead during a 5-on-3 power play opportunity 6:03 into the second period. The goal gives the seventh-year pro a single-season career best four power play tallies. A pleasant déjà vu took place for Lubbock as Brown once again fired a shot from the point to convert on the power play. The contest's fourth man-advantage goal came with 9:50 remaining in the middle frame. The Cotton Kings increased their lead to three as Corey Rutt stole the puck in front of the Scorpions net, and then connected on a wrister with 1:05 left in the second period. New Mexico answered back 14 seconds later at the 19:09 mark as Ryan McLeod made it a 4-2 game.
Lubbock's J.F. Perras earns his fourth win in five starts (15-14-2) as he made 30 saves off of 32 Scorpion shots on net in 59:50 of action. Reid (6-6-3) takes the loss in net with 25 stops off of 29 Cotton Kings shots on goal in 58:33 of ice time. The Cotton Kings were 4-for-8 on the power play, while the Scorpions were 1-for-7 on the man-advantage.
While Lubbock has made no changes for tonight's game, New Mexico has added forward Jeremy Garrison.
Kings - 49 points, 5th place, 11 points back, Southwest Division.
Scorpions - 60 points, 1st place, Southwest Division.
Kings - Points: 50 Anders Strome / Bobby Brown, Goals: 27 Anders Strome, Assists: 32 Bobby Brown, Penalty Minutes: 201 Paul McBrien.
Scorpions - Points: 56 Christopher Robertson, Goals: 24 Mike Falk, Assists: 43 Rob Guinn, Penalty Minutes: 187 Kevin Harvey.
Kings - Power play: 14.4% 14th, Penalty killing: 87.1% 2nd.
Scorpions - Power play: 14.9% 12th, Penalty killing: 77.5% 17th.
Kings - JF Perras (15-14-3, 3 SO, 2.88), Kyle Stanton (6-13-4, 1 SO, 3.46).
Scorpions - David Cacciola (16-3-1, 0 SO, 2.59), Scott Reid (6-6-3, 0 SO, 2.85).
WHAT'S NEXT Lubbock - Friday, March 9th 7:00 PM @ Odessa Jackalopes Ector County Coliseum
New Mexico - Friday, March 9th 7:05 PM @ Amarillo Gorillas Cal Farley Coliseum
• Discuss this story on the Central Hockey League message board...
Central Hockey League Stories from March 8, 2007
- Rage Rallies Past Wichita, 4-3 - Rocky Mountain Rage
- Scorpions Get Back In Win Column With Shootout Victory - New Mexico Scorpions
- RiverKings fans guaranteed to have fun Saturday night - Mississippi RiverKings
- "Hispanic Night" to Feature Live Hockey Broadcast Televised on Telemundo - Lubbock Cotton Kings
- Rattray, La Chapelle, Uniforms Noted in Best of Best - Tulsa Oilers
- Scorpions Garner CHL's Best Of The Best - New Mexico Scorpions
- Rosco Voted CHL's Top Coach - Laredo Bucks
- Those pesky fans cited again - Wichita Thunder
- Eagles Well Represented in CHL's "Best of the Best" Poll - Colorado Eagles
- McIver, Rayz recognized by CHL - Corpus Christi IceRays
- Bees' website voted tops in Best-of-the-Best Poll - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
- Rage Training Staff Voted CHL's Best - Rocky Mountain Rage
- Sundogs Highlighted in CHL Best of the Best Poll - Arizona Sundogs
- RiverKings receive recognition in CHL's "Best of the Best" Poll - Mississippi RiverKings
- Annual CHL 'Best of the Best' Poll Results Announced - CHL
- SteelHounds Christian and Richards Dominate CHL "Best of the Best" Poll - Youngstown SteelHounds
- Rayz look to swat Bees in two-game set - Corpus Christi IceRays
- Mudbugs Recognized in CHL "Best of the Best" Poll - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
- Oilers About Town - Tulsa Oilers
- Cotton Kings Game Night Preview - Lubbock Cotton Kings
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.