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November 17, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

11/17/06 -LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (7-3-0) @ OKLAHOMA CITY BLAZERS (5-2-1)

- 7:35 PM FORD CENTER RADIO- KFYO 790 AM

KINGS TAKE THREE GAME WINNING STREAK ON THE ROAD

The Lubbock Cotton Kings are on a season high three-game winning streak, as they make their first voyage of the season north of the Red River to face the Oklahoma City Blazers. With last night's 3-2 win over Bossier-Shreveport, the Kings are in sole possession of first place in the Southwest Division and sit two-standing-points ahead of the Arizona Sundogs. The Kings are 7-3-0 through their first ten games, which is their best ten-game start since going 7-2-1 in their inaugural year (99/00). Oklahoma City sits three standing-points behind Northwest Division leading Colorado with a 5-2-1 record, and they are 4-2-0 at the Ford Center this season. Tonight's game is the middle game of a three-in-three weekend for the Kings, which wraps up Saturday night in Amarillo.

THE SERIES

Tonight's game is the first meeting of the season between the two clubs. Lubbock and Oklahoma City meet three times this season and twice in Oklahoma. OKC has had the Kings number all-time, winning 9 of the 12 all-time meetings, but the Kings won the season series last season with a 2-1-1 record in four meetings. Lubbock's all-time series leader against Oklahoma City is former King Paul Fioroni, who has 7 points (2g,5a) against the Blazers. Oklahoma City's all-time leader is Marty Standish, who has 3 goals and 10 assists for 13 points.

THE LAST TIME

3/24/06 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings received a five-goal second period outburst to surge past the Oklahoma City Blazers 6-3 in front of 9,799 fans at the Ford Center.

Lubbock was able to overcome four Blazers power play opportunities in the first period and come away with a 1-0 lead. Off a face-off draw in the left circle, Nosan won a draw pushing the puck to the left point, where Matt Macdonald flung the puck on net. Blazers goaltender Sean Connors lost sight of the shot and the puck banked off his leg pads and rolled across the goal line 7:12 into the period. Lubbock had an opportunity to open the scoring earlier in the game. Josh Anderson was awarded a penalty shot 3:54 into the game, but Connors made the save. The attempt was the first involving the Kings on the season and a league-high seventh involving the Blazers.

On January 27th against Lubbock, the Blazers tied a CHL season high with five goals in the second period. Lubbock returned the favor with five goals in the second period and they completed the task in a span of 7:31. There was not a stoppage in play for the first 6:43 that was not due to either a goal or a penalty. Josh Anderson started the Kings scoring barrage 4:19 into the period by streaking past the Blazers defense on the left side and getting free in front, lifting a wrist shot over Conners for a 2-1 lead. The goal came exactly a minute after Marty Standish opened the scoring in the period, tying the game at 1-1. John Zeiler scored his first pro goal 1:05 after Anderson's goal t extend the Kings lead to 3-1. Standish, on a power play, grabbed his second goal of the period and of the game 6:30 into the period to cut the Kings lead to 3-2, but Zeiler matched Standish's two-goal period with a two-goal period of his own. Zeiler's two goals came 2:55 apart, giving the Kings a 4-2 edge. Lubbock received their only power play opportunity of the game moments later and Jon Foster capitalized on the opportunity with a power play goal 10:53 into the period. The goal would lead to a change in net as Sebastien Centomo replaced Connors. The changed didn't change the Kings scoring hopes, as Paul Fioroni found the net on a two-on-one conversion 57-seconds into Centomo's appearance.

Oklahoma City tried their best to mount a comeback attempt, out-shooting the Kings 19-6 in the final frame, but they would only end up getting one goal in the period. Jared Dumba put a loose puck in front past goaltender Brett Koscielny 8:47 into the period. The goal would be the last of the game cutting the Kings lead to 6-3.

For milestone purposes, Lance Leslie started in net for his 299th CHL/WPHL appearance. He only stayed in for 40-seconds and Koscielny came in for the game's remainder. Koscielny finished with 42 saves off 45 shots to tie a career best in saves. Oklahoma City had seven power play opportunities compared the Lubbock's one and capitalized on just one of them.

ROSTER CHANGES

Neither Lubbock or Oklahoma City has made any roster moves heading into the game.

STANDINGS

Kings - 14 points, 1st place, Southwest Division.

Blazers - 11 points, 2nd place, 3 points back, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS

Kings - Points: 10 Simon Watson / Kyle Nosan, Goals: 7 Simon Watson / Jimmy Callahan, Assists: 10 Kyle Nosan, Penalty Minutes: 44 Paul McBrien.

Blazers - Points: 11 Mike Burgoyne, Goals: 5 Marty Standish / Jared Dumba, Assists: 9 Mike Burgoyne, Penalty Minutes: 35 Graham Dearle.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kings - Power play: 18.6% 8th, Penalty killing: 85.9%3rd.

Blazers - Power play: 11.8% 14th, Penalty killing: 88.2% 2nd.

GOALTENDERS

Kings - JF Perras (1-2-0, 0 SO, 4.04), Kyle Stanton (6-1-0, 1 SO, 2.27).

Blazers - Sebastien Centomo(4-0-0, 0 SO, 2.19), Sean Connors (1-2-1, 0 SO, 3.21).

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