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November 10, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

11/10/06 - AMARILLO GORILLAS (4-1-1) @ LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (4-3-0)

- 7:05 PM LUBBOCK MUNICIPAL COLISEUM RADIO: KKAM 1340 AM

POLE POSITION

The Lubbock Cotton Kings and the Amarillo Gorillas open up the 2006/2007 edition of the I-27 series tonight at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum and tonight's game comes with first place implications in the Southwest Division. Amarillo enters the game atop the division with 9 standing-points, with Lubbock and Arizona tied for second place with eight standing points. An Amarillo victory tonight would keep them in sole possession of first place but a loss to the Kings would shake things up in the division. A Lubbock regulation win would place the Kings at least in a share of first place depending on the outcome of Arizona's home opener with Youngstown (the CHL's farthest located organizations). A Lubbock win in overtime would place the Kings and Gorillas tied atop the division and possibly could be joined by Arizona to set up a three-way tie heading into Saturday's action. It is "Hard Hat Night" presented by AT&T Yellowpages and the first 2,500 fans will receive noise clickers compliments of McDougal.

THE SERIES

It is the first of 11 meetings on the year, the first of six in Lubbock and the 75th all-time meeting. Lubbock brings in a 40-22-12 all-time series record and Amarillo brings a 34-35-5 all-time series mark. 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

3/26/06 - A year after the Lubbock Cotton Kings closed the regular season with a 1-0 shutout win over the Amarillo Gorillas to clinch the Southwest Division, the Gorillas returned the favor, gaining a playoff birth on the final day of the regular season Sunday night with a 1-0 win over the Lubbock Cotton Kings at the Cal Farley Coliseum. Shawn Degagne earned the shutout in net, stopping all 33 shots fired by the Kings and out dueling Lubbock's Brett Koscielny, who registered a franchise best 56 saves.

On a delayed penalty, Amarillo opened the scoring with a six-on-five even strength goal as Scott Wray flipped a loose puck in the left slot over Kings goaltender Brett Koscielny. The goal came with 6:28 remaining in a very active first period with a lot of hits and a lot of offensive chances. Teams combined for 31 shots on goal in the period, with Amarillo grabbing 18 of them.

The teams would end up combining for 90 shots on goal in the game, with Wray standing as the only player putting the puck into the back of the net. The loss closes out the Kings record at 27-31-6. Power plays were at a minimum, as Lubbock went 0 for 1 and Amarillo was 0 for 3.

ROSTER CHANGES

Lubbock and Amarillo have not made any moves as of press time in regards to tonight's game.

STANDINGS

Kings - 8 points, T-2nd place, 1 point back, Southwest Division.

Gorillas - 9 points, 1st place, Southwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS

Kings - Points: 10 Kyle Nosan, Goals: 5 Bobby Brown, Assists: 7 Kyle Nosan, Penalty Minutes: 19 Paul McBrien.

Gorillas - Points: 9 Rich Hansen, Goals: 8 Rich Hansen, Assists: 4 Several Tied, Penalty Minutes: 24 Kevin Wilson.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kings - Power play: 18.8% 6th, Penalty killing: 80.4% 12th.

Gorillas - Power play: 14.8% 12th, Penalty killing: 87.9% 2nd.

GOALTENDERS

Kings - JF Perras (1-2-0, 0 SO, 4.04), Kyle Stanton (3-1-0, 0 SO, 3.20).

Gorillas - Shawn Conschafter (2-0-1, 0 SO, 2.60), Jamie Vandespyker (2-1-0, 0 SO, 2.00).

WHAT'S NEXT

Lubbock - Saturday, November 11th 7:05 PM vs. Rocky Mountain Rage Lubbock Municipal Coliseum

Amarillo - Saturday, November 11th 7:00 PM @ Odessa Jackalopes Ector County Coliseum

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