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December 3, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

12/3/06 -LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (9-6-1) @ AMARILLO GORILLAS (8-7-2) - 5:00 PM

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KINGS CLOSE WEEKEND IN AMARILLO

The Lubbock Cotton Kings look to end a two-game road and overall winless streak tonight, as they close out their weekend in Amarillo facing the I-27 rival Amarillo Gorillas. Both teams are coming off 5-2 home losses and tonight's game has first place implications in the Southwest Division. Lubbock leads the Southwest Division with a 9-6-1 record for 19 standing-points, which is one better than Amarillo's 18 standing points off an 8-7-2 record. Amarillo's home loss last night to Tulsa marked the first regulation loss at home for the Gorillas. Lubbock seeks to get back on the winning stride since they have lost three of their last four games.

THE SERIES

It is the fourth of 11 meetings on the year, the second of six in Amarillo and the 78th all-time meeting. Lubbock brings in a 43-22-12 all-time series record and Amarillo brings a 34-37-6 all-time series mark. Lubbock leads the season series 3-0-0 and is led by Trevor Weisgerber (4g,3a) and Kyle Nosan (2g,5a), who each have 7 points in the series. The Gorillas are led by Bill Vandermeer, who has five goals in the series. 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

11/25/06 - Bobby Brown's four-point (1g,3a) and Kyle Nosan's three-point (2g,1a) efforts outshined Bill Vandermeer's hat trick, as the Lubbock Cotton Kings doubled-up the Amarillo Gorillas 6-3 Saturday night at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Ten different Cotton Kings individuals recorded points, as the Hub City team has a record of 9-4-1 with 19 points in the standings.

On the second shot of the contest, Lubbock's Nosan fired the puck past Amarillo netminder Shawn Conschafter at the 1:51 mark of the opening period. Gorillas forward Bill Vandermeer tied the game at one with a shot at 15:37.

Nosan followed up his first period performance with a tally at 1:08 of the second period, as he sent a laser past the Gorilla's netminder Shawn

Conschafter. It marked his first career two-goal game at home. At 10:12, Vandermeer collected his second goal of the game to tie it at two. Corey Rutt gave Lubbock the 3-2 lead at 14:07 with a one-time blast. Just 1:03 later, Vandermeer completed the hat trick with his third goal of the night. After taking turns exchanging goal for the first six scores, a pair of Lubbock tallies would follow that came 14 seconds a part with 47-seconds and 33-seconds remaining in the second period. It is the fastest combination of two Lubbock scores this season. Philippe Lacasse scored the sixth Lubbock goal of the evening with 3:04 left in regulation to finish the scoring and making it a 6-3 contest.

Lubbock's J.F. Perras earned his third win of the year (3-2-0) as he stopped 30-of-33 Amarillo shots on net. Conschafter suffered the loss in net allowing six goals on 26 Lubbock shots on net.

ROSTER CHANGES

Lubbock Head Coach Chris Dashney could possibly miss tonight's game to tend to a family emergency, and if so, Doug Halcomb will be filling in behind the bench. Amarillo has not made any moves as of press time in regards to tonight's game.

STANDINGS

Kings - 19 points, 1st place, Southwest Division.

Gorillas - 18 points, 2nd place, 1 point back, Southwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS

Kings - Points: 19 Simon Watson, Goals: 10 Simon Watson, Assists: 13 Kyle Nosan, Penalty Minutes: 58 Paul McBrien.

Gorillas - Points: 21 Rich Hansen, Goals: 9 Rich Hansen/ Bill Vandermeer, Assists: 13 Chris Lipsett, Penalty Minutes: 101 David Silverstone.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kings - Power play: 17.1% 7th, Penalty killing: 87.8% 3rd.

Gorillas - Power play: 15.9% 11th, Penalty killing: 84.9% 6th.

GOALTENDERS

Kings - JF Perras (3-3-0, 0 SO, 3.14), Kyle Stanton (6-3-1, 1 SO, 2.96).

Gorillas - Shawn Conschafter (5-3-1, 1 SO, 2.97), Jamie Vandespyker (3-4-1, 0 SO, 3.48).

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