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11/16/06 - BOSSIER-SHREVEPORT MUDBUGS (4-3-3) @ LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (6-3-0)
- 7:05 PM LUBBOCK MUNICIPAL COLISEUM RADIO: KFYO 790 AM
BATTLE WITH BOSSIER
The Lubbock Cotton Kings open a three-game weekend tonight hosting the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. The Kings are on a two-game winning streak and a three-game home winning streak, entering the game tied atop the Southwest Division. Any standing points obtained tonight by the Kings would place them back in sole possession of the top spot since Arizona is off. The Mudbugs enter the game 2-0-1 in their last three road games and 3-0-1 in their last four overall games. After tonight, the Cotton Kings travel up to Oklahoma City for a Friday night tilt with the Blazers before rounding out the weekend Saturday in Amarillo. Thursday nights at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum are "Thirsty Thursdays," which means its $1 Beer Night presented by Raider Pass.
The two clubs met three times last season, with the 'Bugs claiming a 2-1-0 series record. Lubbock's all-time record between against the Mudbugs in regular season play is 4-7-0. Chad Spurr of the Mudbugs is the series all-time leading scorer with 11 points off 3 goals and 8 assists, while the Kings are led by former King Jan Melichercik, who had a goal and 7 assists for 8 points.
THE LAST TIME
2/19/06 - The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs exploded with four goals during the second period to march past the Lubbock Cotton Kings 6-2 at the CenturyTel Center, in a contest that included an ugly third period incident.
The Kings started the contest in penalty trouble, as they were whistled for two minor penalties 32-seconds into the game. Bossier-Shreveport capitalized on the early whistles with Scott Sheppard hammering a one-timer from the top of the slots past Kings goaltender Brad Buss. The goal was a five-on-three power play goal and gave the 'Bugs a 1-0 lead 44-seconds into the game. Lubbock eventually had power play chances of their own and Nolan Graham tied the contest up at 1-1 with 7:44 remaining. Graham received a lengthy pass from Bobby Brown leading to a breakaway and Graham slid the puck through the five-hole of goaltender Ken Carroll.
Bossier-Shreveport dominated the second period of play with four goals over the middle twenty. The 'Bugs started the scoring with a four-on-three power play goal by Dan Wildfong, who slapped a shot past a screened Buss 6:35 into the period to give the Mudbugs a 2-1 lead. Chad Spurr pulled up on a rush down the left side and with no other options, decided to fire it on net and Buss couldn't come up with the save as 9:18 remained in the period. The offensive onslaught continued in the period 3:16 later with Ryan Manitowich scoring immediately following a face-off draw. Craig Minard closed the scoring in the frame with a shot from the right side that beat Buss four minutes later to extend the lead to 5-1. The period was filled with special teams play, as teams combined for ten power play goals in the period.
Things turned dirty in the third period and it had nothing to do with the Cotton Kings trailing. Vic Pereira was skating towards Wildfong after a whistle and Wildfong jabbed his stick right into the face of Pereira resulting in mayhem. Surprisingly, Tom Sterns did not eject Wildfong nor did he issue a high sticking penalty, but Coach Scott Muscutt prevented any further developments by benching Wildfong for the remainder of the game. Bossier-Shreveport had their third five-on-three power play opportunity of the game midway through the third period and for a second time in the contest, they capitalized with the two-man advantage with a power play goal by Chris Brassard 9:24 into the period. The goal was scored against Lance Leslie, who replaced Buss to start the frame. Lubbock closed the scoring with Jan Melichercik collecting a goal with 4:29 remaining.
Teams combined for 22 power play opportunities, with Lubbock going 1 for 13 and the Mudbugs finishing 3 for 9. Lubbock out-shot the 'Bugs 35-26 in the game, and goaltender Ken Carroll earned the win in net with 34 saves. Buss suffered the loss by allowing five goals on 22 shots, and was relieved by Leslie, who stopped three of four shots faced.
The Cotton Kings have not made any moves this week in preparation for tonight's game. Bossier-Shreveport activated forward Robbie Sutherland from emergency leave, but he is listed on their roster as on the 14-Day IR (no official league transaction has been made). They also have defenseman Ryan Fairbarn listed on the roster as placed on the 14-Day IR, but no league transaction has authenticated the move.
Kings - 12 points, T-1st place, Southwest Division.
'Bugs - 11 points, 3rd place, 5 points back, Northeast Division.
Kings - Points: 14 Simon Watson / Kyle Nosan, Goals: 7 Simon Watson, Assists: 10 Kyle Nosan, Penalty Minutes: 24 Jason Beatty.
'Bugs - Points: 11 Chris Brassard, Goals: 6 Chris Brassard, Assists: 6 Several Tied, Penalty Minutes: 54 Chris Murphy.
Kings - Power play: 20.3% 6th, Penalty killing: 81.8% 11th.
'Bugs - Power play: 13.0% 13th, Penalty killing: 91.5% 1st.
Kings - JF Perras (1-2-0, 0 SO, 4.04), Kyle Stanton (5-1-0, 1 SO, 2.31).
'Bugs - Ken Carroll (2-1-0, 1 SO, 1.69), John DeCaro (2-2-3, 0 SO, 2.45).
Lubbock - Friday, November 17th
7:35 PM @ Oklahoma City Blazers Ford Center
Bossier-Shreveport - Friday, November 17th
7:05 PM vs. Austin Ice Bats CenturyTel Center
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