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December 22, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

12/22/06 -LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (11-9-2) @ NEW MEXICO SCORPIONS (9-9-3)

- 8:35 PM SANTA ANA STAR CENTER RADIO- KKAM 1340 AM

GAME ON !

The Lubbock Cotton Kings could not make their way to Broomfield, Colorado for their originally scheduled game on Thursday, but they were able to get to Rio Rancho, New Mexico for tonight's contest against the New Mexico Scorpions. The Cotton Kings are looking for their second consecutive win overall and to end a three-game road winless streak. Lubbock sits a standing-point atop the Southwest Division, which is a crowded division with four standing points separating first place from fifth place. Just three standing-points back from Lubbock is the New Mexico Scorpions. The Scorps' are the hottest team in the CHL's Southern Conference over the past ten games, posting a 6-1-3 record in that span. New Mexico has played their last four games at home and have a 3-0-1 record in the four games. They have picked up standing points in their last eight games and have not suffered a regulation loss since November 24th.

THE SERIES

The game will be the second of eight match-ups on the season between the two teams and the second of four at the Santa Ana Star Center. New Mexico won the prior match-up this season 4-2 on November 9th for a 1-0-0 season series lead, and this match-up will be the 59th all-time meeting. Kyle Nosan had each of Lubbock's goals in the loss. Lubbock holds a 28-22-8 all-time record against the Scorps with former King Jan Melichercik leading the all-time series with 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points, while New Mexico barely holds the season advantage with a 29-20-8 mark. Former Scorpion Peter Ambroziak leads the series offensively with 59 points (20g,39a).

THE LAST TIME

11/9/06 - Lubbock Cotton Kings forward Kyle Nosan scored a pair of goals, but it wasn't enough, as the New Mexico Scorpions registered four unanswered goals to defeat the Lubbock Cotton Kings 4-2 at Santa Ana Star Center.

Nosan opened the scoring early, lighting the lamp 1:46 into the contest. The Kings extended their lead to 2-0 at the close of the period, as Nosan picked up his second goal of the game by converting on an odd-man rush with an assist from Bobby Brown with 46 seconds remaining in the period. Unfortunately for the Kings, their offense would end there.

New Mexico changed goaltenders in the start of the second period by replacing Walter Bartholomaeus with Brad Smith. The change led to motivation for the Scorpions, who bounced back and tallied a pair of goals to tie the game 2-2. Bob Kukulka put the Scorps' on the board 7:46 into the period with his first goal of the season and Ryan Macleod converted on a shorthanded breakaway, extending his goal scoring streak to six games, 3:44 later. The Cotton Kings were held scoreless in the second period for the first time this season.

The Scorpions took the lead 8:12 into the third period with a goal by Aaron MacInnis, who put the puck past JF Perras for a 3-2 advantage. Lubbock's shot at coming back ended with 1:24 remaining, as a puck sent around the boards took a wild bounce off a partition and landed onto the stick of Christopher Robertson, who put the puck into the back of the net to close the game's scoring.

Each team was scoreless on the power play, with Lubbock going 0 for 4 and New Mexico going 0 for 2. It is the first game this season the Kings have not scored and allowed a power play goal in a game. Smith earned the win in net stopping all 19 shots on goal, while Perras suffered the loss allowing 4 goals on 31 shots. The Kings out-shot the Scorpions 33-31 in the loss.

ROSTER CHANGES

Neither the Lubbock Cotton Kings nor the New Mexico Scorpions have made any roster moves in preparation for tonight's game.

STANDINGS

Kings - 24 points, 1st place, Southwest Division.

Scorpions - 21 points, 4th place, 3 points back, Southwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS

Kings - Points: 24 Simon Watson, Goals: 14 Simon Watson, Assists: 12 Kyle Nosan/ Trevor Weisgerber, Penalty Minutes: 75 Paul McBrien.

Scorpions - Points: 24 Lance Herauf, Goals: 11 Christopher Robertson, Assists: 21 Rob Guinn, Penalty Minutes: 84 Craig Macdonald.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kings - Power play: 13.7% 13th, Penalty killing: 88.6% 3rd.

Scorpions - Power play: 19.4% 6th, Penalty killing: 74.8% 17th.

GOALTENDERS

Kings - JF Perras (5-4-1, 1 SO, 2.40), Kyle Stanton (6-5-1, 1 SO, 3.23).

Scorpions - David Cacciola (5-0-0, 0 SO, 3.00), Brad Smith (2-3-1, 0 SO, 4.23), Scott Reid (0-0-1, 0 SO, 3.82).

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