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February 18, 2007 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

2/18/07 -LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (17-24-5) @ NEW MEXICO SCORPIONS (24-18-5)

- 6:05 PM SANTA ANA STAR CENTER RADIO- KKAM 1340 AM

KINGS CLOSE OUT GRUELING WEEKEND TONIGHT

After facing the Southern Conference leading Laredo Bucks for a pair of games, the Lubbock Cotton Kings close out a tough three-in-three weekend tonight in New Mexico with a division tilt against the New Mexico Scorpions. The weekend for the Kings started in Laredo, Texas Friday night and ends on the northern end of the Rio Grande River tonight in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, which is over 900 miles (excludes travel from Lubbock to Laredo and New Mexico back to Lubbock). Lubbock seeks to improve on their 6-0-1 record when playing the third game of a three-in-three set, and they look for their first win against New Mexico this season. Both New Mexico and Lubbock are coming into tonight's game following overtime losses. New Mexico lost to Amarillo 3-2 in OT, while the Kings lost to Laredo 5-4 in overtime. The Scorpions enter the game two standing points behind division-leading Amarillo, and the Cotton Kings find themselves 16 standing points back of Amarillo. Lubbock is also 8 standing points behind Arizona for the final playoff spot with two games in hand.

THE SERIES

Tonight's game will be the fifth of eight match-ups on the season between the two teams and the final one in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The Scorps have won all prior contests this season and have a 4-0-0 season series lead, and this match-up will be the 62nd all-time meeting. Bobby Brown leads the Kings in the season series with two goals and an assist for three points, while Lance Herauf (3g,4a) has seven points in the series to lead the Scorps'. Lubbock holds a 28-24-9 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 holds the season advantage with a 33-20-8 mark. Former Scorpion Peter Ambroziak leads the series offensively with 59 points (20g,39a).

THE LAST TIME

2/10/07 - Three goals in the third period helped the New Mexico Scorpions prevent any third period rally by the Lubbock Cotton Kings, and the Scorpions defeated the Kings 5-1 at the Santa Ana Star Center.

New Mexico took an early lead with a pair of first period goals 6:26 apart. The first was scored 7:30 into the game by Josh Garbutt, who fired a rocket into the top shelf with a big slap shot from the top of the left circle. Kevin Harvey tallied the second Scorpions marker by plying a rebound from the left slot past Kings goaltender Kyle Stanton. Lubbock cut the 2-0 lead in half with Simon Watson converting on a two-on-one with Jimmy Callahan with a shorthanded goal as 2:21 remained in the period.

After a scoreless second period, the Scorpions grabbed some insurance and prevented any rally by the Kings. Lance Herauf's goal, with 6:33 remaining, pushed the Scorpions lead to 3-1 and started a streak of three Scorpion goals in a span of 4:27, completed with a goal by Rob Guinn and Craig Macdonald. New Mexico has now out-scored the Kings 8-0 in the third period of play this season.

Stanton suffered the loss in net by allowing five goals off 41 shots. Cacciola allowed just one goal on 23 shots faced. Both teams were 0 for 5 on the power play.

ROSTER CHANGES

Lubbock had not made any moves after last night's game in preparation for tonight's game.

STANDINGS

Kings - 37 points, 5th place, 16 points back, Southwest Division.

Scorpions - 53 points, 2 points back, 2nd place, Southwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS

Kings - Points: 44 Anders Strome / Bobby Brown, Goals: 24 Simon Watson, Assists: 29 Bobby Brown, Penalty Minutes: 161 Paul McBrien.

Scorpions - Points: 54 Christopher Robertson, Goals: 22 Craig Macdonald, Assists: 37 Christopher Robertson / Rob Guinn, Penalty Minutes: 154 Kevin Harvey / Mike Prpich.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kings - Power play: 14.1% 14th, Penalty killing: 85.8% 3rd.

Scorpions - Power play: 15.1% 11th, Penalty killing: 77.8% 17th.

GOALTENDERS

Kings - JF Perras (11-12-2, 2 SO, 3.01), Kyle Stanton (6-12-3, 1 SO, 3.43).

Scorpions - David Cacciola (14-2-1, 0 SO, 2.45), Scott Reid (5-5-2, 0 SO, 3.00).

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