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November 4, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

11/4/06 -LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (3-2-0) @ RIO GRANDE VALLEY KILLER BEES (3-2-0)

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RUN FOR THE BORDER

Less than 21 hours after completing a contest at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum last night, in which Lubbock defeated Rio Grande Valley 4-2, the Lubbock Cotton Kings and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees boarded their buses and journeyed over 650 miles to Hidalgo, Texas, where tonight the two teams complete the home-and-home series and the season series. Lubbock seeks to extend a winning streak to two games while also ending a one-game road skid. The Kings also seek to remain perfect (2-0-0) against Southeast Division foes. Lubbock enters the game in third place in the Southwest Division standings, but only two-standing points back of division leading Arizona. Rio is aiming at a victory to remain atop the Southeast Division standings.

THE SERIES

The two clubs are meeting for the second and final time this season and for the 11th time all-time. Lubbock is 1-0-0 against the Bees this season and they stand 7-3-0 all-time. Craig Minard leads the Kings in this season's series against Rio Grande Valley with 3 points (2g,1a). Former Cotton King Emery Olauson (3g,5a), who is now with Rio Grande Valley, has 8 points in the all-time series to lead the Kings against Rio. The Bees are led in the all-time series by former King Matic Kralj (now with Rocky Mountain) and Bill Newson, who each have 5 points in the series. Rio Grande Valley is 3-6-1 all-time against Lubbock.

THE LAST TIME

11/3/06 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings doubled up the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees with a 4-2 victory Friday night at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Lubbock is now 3-2-0 on the young 2006-2007 Central Hockey League season.

The Cotton Kings jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals by Trevor Weisgerber and Stacey Bauman at the 7:37 and 9:28 mark of the opening period. Weisgerber's tally came on the man-advantage. RGV's Bill Newson and Jamie Lovell tied up the contest at 2-2 with a pair of power play goals of their own. Craig Minard finished the scoring for the period with a goal at the 19:07 mark to give Lubbock the 3-2 lead going into the first intermission.

After five goals were exchanged in the first period, Simon Watson had the lone goal in the second frame. Watson increased the Lubbock lead to two when he lit the lamp 6:50 into the second period. The insurance goal by Watson ended up being the final goal of the contest after a scoreless third period.

Weisgerber now has five-game point streak to start the 2006-2007 season. Minard (1g, 2a) tied a career-high for points in a game with a three point night. J. F. Perras earned his first professional win in net with 18 saves off of 20 Killer Bee shots. Jeff Van Nynatten recorded the loss in net for RGV with 32 stops off of 36 Lubbock shots.

The Cotton Kings will head out on the road to face-off with the Killer Bees Saturday night with at 7:30 p.m. start time. ROSTER CHANGES

Yesterday, the Kings added free agent Mike Carter (FW) and placed Ryan Scapinello on waiver, and they activated Corey Rutt from the injured reserve list and placed Paul McBrien on the injured reserve list.

STANDINGS

Kings - 6 points, 3rd place, 2 points back, Southwest Division.

Killer Bees - 6 points, T-1st place, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS

Kings - Points: 8 Bobby Brown, Goals: 5 Bobby Brown, Assists: 7 Kyle Nosan, Penalty Minutes: 19 Paul McBrien.

Killer Bees - Points: 6 Matt Reynolds, Goals: 4 Matt Reynolds, Assists: 4 Dennis Maxwell, Penalty Minutes:19 Dennis Maxwell.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kings - Power play: 20.0% 8th, Penalty killing: 79.5% 13th.

Killer Bees - Power play: 24.4% 2nd, Penalty killing: 82.1% 9th.

GOALTENDERS

Kings - JF Perras (1-1-0, 0 SO, 4.04), Kyle Stanton (2-1-0, 0 SO, 2.61).

Killer Bees - Jeff Van Nynatten (1-2-0, 0 SO, 4.00), Mathieu Blanchard (2-0-0, 0 SO, 1.50).

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