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February 27, 2007 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

2/27/07 -LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (19-25-6) @ ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAGE (12-32-5)

- 8:05 PM BROOMFIELD EVENTS CENTER RADIO- KKAM 1340 AM

KINGS HEAD FOR THE ROCKIES

The Lubbock Cotton Kings are on a two-game winning streak for the first time since November 16th, as they head to Broomfield, Colorado for a two-game set with the Rocky Mountain Rage, which begins tonight. The game is the fourth game of an 8 games in 10 days span for the Kings. Lubbock seeks their third consecutive win to tie a season high and to continue to have a shot into the post season. The Cotton Kings enter tonight's game 13 standing points behind division leading New Mexico and six standing points behind Rio Grande Valley for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. Lubbock has two "games-in-hand" over Rio Grande Valley. Rocky Mountain is coming in after a 6-1 road win Saturday in Memphis over the Northeast Division leading RiverKings.

THE SERIES

Lubbock makes their first ever venture to Broomfield, Colorado to face the Rocky Mountain Rage. It is their first of two visits on the season to Broomfield and the second of three eventual meetings. Lubbock leads the season and all-time series 1-0-0 after a 3-0 shutout on November 11th in the only prior match-up. Simon Watson led all scorers offensively in the game with 2 points (1g,1a).

THE LAST TIME

11/11/06 - Three power play goals and a shutout by goaltender Kyle Stanton guided the Lubbock Cotton Kings to a 3-0 win over the Rocky Mountain Rage Saturday night at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, handing the Rage their first shutout in franchise history.

Stacey Bauman fired a shot from just inside the right circle at 14:43 of the first period to give Lubbock the 1-0 lead. Assists came from Philippe Lacasse and Simon Watson. Kyle Nosan increased the lead to two at 11:22 of the second frame with a top shelf score. Trevor Weisgerber and Craig Minard had the helpers on the play. Watson collected a goal at the 18:01 mark of the final period to finish the scoring for the evening. Corey Rutt and Troy Neumeier assisted on the score.

Stanton made 19 saves in what became his first professional North American shutout. It is his fifth win of the 2006-2007 Central Hockey League season. David Guerrera had 29 stops in the loss for Rocky Mountain.

ROSTER CHANGES

Lubbock will be without Paul McBrien tonight, who is serving a one-game league suspension.

STANDINGS

Kings - 44 points, 4th place, 13 points back, Southwest Division.

Rage - 29 points, 5th place, 45 points back, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS

Kings - Points: 48 Anders Strome, Goals: 26 Anders Strome, Assists: 31 Bobby Brown, Penalty Minutes: 191 Paul McBrien.

Rage - Points: 41 Mark Wires, Goals: 17 Mark Wires, Assists: 25 Trevor Weisgerber, Penalty Minutes: 214 Adam Stefishen.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kings - Power play: 14.0% 14th, Penalty killing: 86.5% 3rd.

Rage - Power play: 14.9% 13th, Penalty killing: 79.7% 17th.

GOALTENDERS

Kings - JF Perras (13-13-2, 3 SO, 2.91), Kyle Stanton (6-12-4, 1 SO, 3.39).

Rage - David Guerrera (9-20-4, 1 SO, 3.72), Trevor Cunning (3-12-1, 0 SO, 3.98).

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