Cotton Kings Road Preview
3/9/07 -LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (21-27-8) @ ODESSA JACKALOPES (22-27-7)
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DOES ANYONE HAVE DIRECTIONS?
The Lubbock Cotton Kings and the Odessa Jackalopes are heated Southwest Division rivals that have battled eight times this season, but they have not faced each other since January 13th and have not played in Odessa since December 9th. A lot has changed since those two dates, including the head coach of each team. What has not changed is the importance of the game, and tonight is no different. The Cotton Kings and Jackalopes are disperately needing victories with eight games remaining in the regular season, as they both are in the hunt for the final playoff spot in the CHL's Southern Conference. Lubbock enters tonight's game one standing point back of Odessa and three standing points back of Rio Grande Valley. The best scenario for the Kings tonight would be to obtain a regulation win, have Arizona win in regulation at Austin and Corpus Christi defeat Rio Grande Valley in regulation. If that were to take place, the Kings would jump past Austin and Odessa and would be a point behind Rio Grande Valley for the final playoff spot.
Lubbock is making their fourth trip of the season to Odessa to face the Jackalopes, and it marks the 78th meeting all-time. Odessa, who owns the all-time regular season series with a 51-22-5 record, is 5-2-1 this season against the Kings. Lubbock is 27-45-6 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 Bobby Brown (3g,7a), leads the Kings in this season's series with ten points, while Mike Rutter (4g,9a) leads the Jackalopes this season against Lubbock with 13 points.
THE LAST TIME
1/13/07 - Six power play goals between the Odessa Jackalopes and the Lubbock Cotton Kings opened up the scoring Saturday night at City Bank Coliseum, but it would be an even strength score by Odessa's Nathan Ward that would decide the outcome in a 5-4 overtime victory.
Both clubs combined for three power play goals in the first period. Odessa took advantage of a power play early in the first period at 5:56, as Mike Rutter made it a 1-0 lead. Rutter would collect his second goal of the night 7:18 later at the 13:14 mark for the two-goal lead. Jason Beatty got Lubbock on the board with 3:20 left in the first period as he fired a shot from outside the right circle past Odessa netminder Mike Gorman.
Three more power play goals found their way in the back of the net in the second period, but it would be the Cotton Kings scoring twice in the frame.
Lubbock tied the contest at two when they converted on another man-advantage opportunity with Bobby Brown being the one to light the lamp at 8:39 of the second period. Cotton King Kyle Nosan gave his squad their first lead of the night at 14:50 of the middle frame as he slipped the puck past Gorman. Odessa's Mike Ramsay would tie the game at three with 1:37 remaining in the second period for the sixth combined power play goal of the evening.
Nosan would be the first to score on even strength play, as he recorded his second goal 1:05 into the third period. Jackalopes Jay Latulippe eventually sent the game into overtime as he found the equalizer at the 11:38 mark of the third period. In the extra session, Lubbock killed off a penalty to start overtime, but Odessa's Ward would clinch the victory 2:07 into the five-minute session off a turnover forced by Don Margettie.
Lubbock's J.F. Perras (7-7-2) made 39 saves off of 45 Odessa shots on goal, while Jackalope Mike Gorman (12-7-3) stopped 41 of 45 Cotton King shots on net. Lubbock was 3-for-9 on the power play, while Odessa was 3-for-10 on the man-advantage.
The contest was the first time in 17 straight games that Lubbock scored at least four goals dating back to November 25. The Hub City squad is now 12-2-2 in games where they score at least three goals. For the season, Lubbock is 13-16-3 with 29 points in the standings.
As of press time, no moves have been made by either team for tonight's game.
Kings - 50 points, 5th place, 12 points back, Southwest Division.
Jackalopes - 51 points, 4th place, 11 points back, Southwest Division.
Kings - Points: 52 Bobby Brown, Goals: 27 Anders Strome, Assists: 32 Bobby Brown, Penalty Minutes: 203 Paul McBrien.
Jackalopes - Points: 52 Mike Rutter, Goals: 22 Mike Ramsay, Assists: 34 Mike Rutter, Penalty Minutes: 277 Jeff Ewasko.
Kings - Power play: 14.4% 13th, Penalty killing: 87.0% 2nd.
Jackalopes - Power play: 17.4% 6th, Penalty killing: 84.2% 6th.
Kings - J.F. Perras (15-14-3, 3 SO, 2.82), Kyle Stanton (6-13-5, 1 SO, 3.46).
Jackalopes - Mike Gorman (15-16-5, 0 SO, 3.23), Derek Dolson (7-10-2, 3 SO, 2.52).
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