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March 16, 2007 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

3/16/07 - TULSA OILERS (25-25-7) @ LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (22-29-8)

- 7:05 PM CITY BANK COLISEUM

KINGS NEED TO STRIKE OIL

Five games remaining for the Lubbock Cotton Kings as they host the Tulsa Oilers tonight, and they desperately need to find the win column. Lubbock enters tonight's game four standing points behind Rio Grande Valley for the last playoff spot in the CHL's Southern Conference, and they have Odessa and Austin in between to get past as well. A loss would not cancel any playoff hopes for the Cotton Kings, at least mathematically, but it would put them in a severe situation to win out and pray for some scoreboard help. Scoreboard watching tonight, Lubbock needs Bossier Shreveport to defeat Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico to defeat Odessa and Laredo to beat Austin. All three teams the Kings are chasing are on the road. Tulsa also needs a win tonight. Tulsa and Wichita each have 57 standing points and are tied for the last playoff in the Northern Conference.

THE SERIES

The Lubbock Cotton Kings host the Tulsa Oilers for the second time this season. It is the final of three meetings between the two clubs this season. Lubbock has a 6-5-0 all-time record against the Oilers. Anders Strome is the series all-time leader with 9 goals and an assist for 10 points, while Tulsa's Jaroslav Cesky leads the all-time series with 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points. This season's series is tied 1-1-0, and individually, Kyle Nosan leads the series for the Kings with a goal and 4 assists. Mike Wiggins (2g,2a) and Darryl Smoleroff (1g,3a) each have 4 points this season against the Kings.

THE LAST TIME

1/28/07 - A seesaw battle took place at the City Bank Coliseum, as Lubbock Cotton Kings Captain Bobby Brown fired home the decisive goal with 2:17 left in regulation for a 4-3 victory over the Tulsa Oilers.

Celebrating his 31st birthday, David Beauregard got Tulsa on the board first with a score 4:17 into the first period while on a breakaway. Lubbock tied it up at 1-1 with a shot from Kyle Nosan just inside the right circle at 7:47 of the first period while on the power play. Tulsa's Dave Rattray made it a 2-1 game while on the man-advantage with 4:24 left in the opening period.

John Neal earned his first goal as a Cotton King 0:44 into the second period, as he split the defense between the circles and sent a wrister behind Tulsa netminder Bill Ruggiero. The Oilers came back with a tally from Darryl Smoleroff at 7:28 of the second frame, with helpers going to Beauregard and Ruggiero. The Oilers netminder leads the Central Hockey League in assists for a goaltender with four.

Anders Strome collected the third Lubbock goal of the night just 0:12 into the third period (fastest Kings goal to begin a period this season). The game-tying tally is the fifth consecutive game Strome has recorded a goal. Lubbock's Brown would then score the game-winner at the 17:43 mark of the third period to finish the scoring for the evening. The line of Brown, Nosan, and Strome tallied six of the seven Cotton King goals scored over the weekend. Nosan's two assists extends a team season-high point streak of at least one point in seven games.

Lubbock's J.F. Perras earns his ninth win of the season as he made 21 stops off of 24 Oilers shots on net. Tulsa's Ruggiero suffered the loss in net, while making 33 saves off of 37 Cotton King shots on goal. Each team found success on the power play with Lubbock going 1-for-9 on the man-advantage and Tulsa going 2-for-7 on the power play.

ROSTER CHANGES

As of press time, neither team has made any roster adjustments heading into tonight's game.

STANDINGS

Kings - 52 points, 5th place, 14 points back, Southwest Division.

Oilers - 57 points, 4th place, 25 points back, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS

Kings - Points: 53 Anders Strome / Bobby Brown, Goals: 29 Anders Strome, Assists: 33 Bobby Brown, Penalty Minutes: 208 Paul McBrien.

Oilers - Points: 67 David Beauregard, Goals: 38 David Beauregard, Assists: 32 Bill Newson, Penalty Minutes: 227 Bryan Lachapelle.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kings - Power play: 14.3% 13th, Penalty killing: 87.3% 2nd.

Oilers - Power play: 18.2% 4th, Penalty killing: 83.7% 12th.

GOALTENDERS

Kings - JF Perras (15-14-3, 3 SO, 2.82), Kyle Stanton (7-15-5, 1 SO, 3.49).

Oilers - Jason Montgomery (13-10-2, 0 SO, 3.52), Bill Ruggiero (12-15-5, 0 SO, 3.99).

WHAT'S NEXT

Lubbock - Sunday, March 18th 5:05 PM vs. New Mexico Scorpions City Bank Coliseum

Tulsa - Saturday, March 17th 7:35 PM at Oklahoma City Blazers Ford Center

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