Cotton Kings Road Preview at Odessa
LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (2-0-0) @ ODESSA JACKALOPES (0-1-1)
- 7:00 PM ECTOR COUNTY COLISEUM RADIO- KFYO 790 AM
The Lubbock Cotton Kings head into the Ector County Coliseum tonight after setting records Friday night in Austin. The Kings tallied a team record and tied a CHL record with three shorthanded goals to march past the Austin Ice Bats 4-2, which places the Kings record at 2-0-0. The 2-0-0 mark through two games is the best start in franchise history (team is in their eighth season). Tonight, the Kings face a team that is seeking their first win of the season. Odessa dropped another one-goal decision, but this time in regulation, as the Amarillo Gorillas spoiled Odessa's home opener with a 3-2 win over the Jacks'. The game completes the weekend schedule for the Kings, who will return to action Tuesday morning at home.
Lubbock leads the season series after a 4-3 shootout win Saturday in Lubbock. Odessa leads the all-time series with a record of 46-20-5. Lubbock is 25-41-5 all-time against Odessa and former King Jan Melichercik is the Kings all-time leader against the Jacks with 43 points (16g, 27a). Lubbock's Philippe Lacasse (2g,1a) and Simon Watson (1g,2a) each lead this season's series with three points. This is the 72nd all-time meeting between the two clubs.
THE LAST TIME
10/21/06 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings defeated the Odessa Jackalopes 4-3 in a shootout to open the regular season at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.
Simon Watson picked up his first professional goal at the 6:21 mark of the first period after firing a one-timer past Odessa netminder Mike Gorman, who made 30 saves in the contest. Bobby Brown and Philippe Lacasse collected two goals at the 0:25 and 0:53 mark of the middle frame to make it a three-goal contest. Lacasse's tally was also his first professional goal of his career.
Odessa answered with three goals of their own. The first of which came from Alex Dunn at 2:59 of the second period. Steve Shrum and Adam Loncan tied up the game at 2:57 and 10:10 into the final frame to send the game into overtime.
With a scoreless extra five-minute session, the squads went into a shootout. Trevor Weisgerber and Matt Cressman exchanged shootout goals in the first and second rounds. Lacasse would then slip the puck past Gorman for the eventual game-winner after Kyle Stanton made a fifth round save to end the game. Stanton had 24 stops in the win.
The Cotton Kings and Jackalopes have not made any changes from last night heading into tonight's game.
Kings - 4 points, T1st place, Southwest Division.
Jackalopes - 1 point, 4th place, Southwest Division.
Kings - Points: 4 Simon Watson, Goals: 3 Bobby Brown, Assists: 2 Several Tied, Penalty Minutes: 19 Paul McBrien.
Jackalopes - Points: 2 Several Tied, Goals: 2 Steve Shrum, Assists: 2 Several Tied, Penalty Minutes:14 Pascal Bedard.
Kings - Power play: 13.3% 12th, Penalty killing: 82.4% 11th.
Jackalopes - Power play: 21.1% 4th, Penalty killing: 87.5% 3rd.
Kings - J.F. Perras (0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00), Kyle Stanton (2-0-0, 0 SO, 2.40).
Jackalopes - Mike Gorman (0-1-1, 0 SO, 2.91), Derek Dolson (0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00).
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