Cotton Kings Road Game Preview
3/14/07 -LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (22-28-8) @ ARIZONA SUNDOGS (29-27-2)
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ALL EYES ON KINGS
The Lubbock Cotton Kings have six games remaining entering tonight's road game in Prescott Valley, Arizona against the Arizona Sundogs, and as they are in a four-team battle for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference, they are the only team of the four in action tonight. The Cotton Kings desperately need standing points in the final stretch to have any postseason thoughts. They are four standing-points behind Rio Grande Valley for the final playoff spot in CHL's Southern Conference, and they need to get past Austin and Odessa, who are both trying to catch Rio as well. Arizona also has something to play for. The Sundogs are tied with Amarillo for the second place spot in the division and the fourth place seed in the conference standings. Arizona is also four standing points back of Southwest Division leading New Mexico.
The Arizona Sundogs are hosting Lubbock for the third and final time this season and the contest wraps up the six-game season series between the two division foes. Arizona leads the series at 3-2-0 (Lubbock is 2-2-1 in the series). Lubbock's Bobby Brown (4g,6a) leads the series with 10 points, while the Sundogs are led by Brent Kelly, who has a trio of goals and assists for six points.
THE LAST TIME
3/17/07 - Arizona Sundogs forward Jordan Mowbray collected the game-winning goal in the ninth round of the shootout for a 2-1 victory over the Lubbock Cotton Kings Sunday night at City Bank Coliseum. The Hub City team has a record of 21-27-7 with 49 points in the standings. They are two standing points behind the three-way tie of Austin, Rio Grande Valley and Odessa for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Central Hockey League's Southern Conference.
Following a delayed penalty, Arizona's Adam Campbell got his team on the board first with a 6-on-5 even strength goal 6:46 into the first period. Bobby Brown tied the game at 1-1 with his second shorthanded tally of the year with 4:46 left in the opening period. It is the tenth shorty of his career and 19th goal of the season.
The game was scoreless in the second and third period, and the lamp was not lit in overtime. It would be Mowbray's ninth round marker that gave Arizona the win. The loss in the shootout marked the fourth consecutive overtime loss by the Kings at home and it was their fifth consecutive overtime loss on home ice.
Just getting to overtime was a tough task for the Kings. During a stretch of six minutes and ten seconds (6:10) late in regulation (from the 11:39 to the 17:49 mark), the Cotton Kings were shorthanded all but ten seconds and were even shorthanded a full two minutes of 5-on-3 play after Cotton Kings Head Coach Craig Janney was issued an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Cotton Kings were able to survive and the league's second best penalty kill unit was able to shutdown the league's second best power play unit.
Lubbock was able to go 12 for 12 killing off Sundog power play chances, but the Sundogs penalty kill unit was on the ball as well and kept the Kings penalty kill unit 0 for 7 in the contest. Arizona out-shot the Cotton Kings 38-30 for the evening. Lubbock's J.F. Perras (15-14-3) made 36 saves off of 37 shots on goal. Sundogs Mike Wall (0-2-0) had 29 stops off of 30 shots on net.
Arizona made a move yesterday, as Brent Kelly rejoined the squad from his reassignment by the AHL's Albany River Rats.
Kings - 52 points, 5th place, 12 points back, Southwest Division.
Sundogs - 60 points, T-2nd place, 4 points back, Southwest Division.
Kings - Points: 53 Anders Strome / Bobby Brown, Goals: 29 Anders Strome, Assists: 33 Bobby Brown, Penalty Minutes: 203 Paul McBrien.
Sundogs - Points: 82 Brent Kelly, Goals: 40 Brent Kelly, Assists: 46 Chris Bartolone, Penalty Minutes: 172 Chris Greene.
Kings - Power play: 14.5% 13th, Penalty killing: 87.4% 2nd.
Sundogs - Power play: 19.3% 2nd, Penalty killing: 83.6% 12th.
Kings - JF Perras (15-14-3, 3 SO, 2.82), Kyle Stanton (7-14-5, 1 SO, 3.43).
Sundogs - Chris King (14-10-0, 0 SO, 3.16), Kris Mayotte (12-11-2, 0 SO, 3.47), Mike Wall (2-2-0, 1 SO, 1.96).
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