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January 23, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

INCOMPLETE

The Lubbock Cotton Kings had an incomplete week last week, only playing one contest while the other was postponed. Lubbock was to have a home-and-home weekend set with the Amarillo Gorillas, and they completed the front end of it Saturday night with a 4-2 loss to the Gorillas, but the second game was postponed Sunday at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. That left the Kings with just one game on the week, and the weeks to come will not be as quiet. Lubbock returns to three-in-three action this weekend with Lubbock hosting Oklahoma City Friday night before heading to Odessa for a home-and-home set that concludes Sunday evening at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. It will be the first three-in-three set since December 9-11th for the Kings. Lubbock is 6-6-0 in games involved in three-in-three sets this season.

WHAT HAPPEND

Sunday, the Cotton Kings, in conjunction with the Central Hockey League, were forced to postpone their contest with the Amarillo Gorillas at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum due to unplayable rink conditions. Prior events over the weekend prevented the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum staff from adequately transforming the arena back to its ice hockey form in time for the contest, and arena, team and league staff members agreed the best decision was to postpone the contest and reschedule the game for another date.

The Lubbock Cotton Kings apologizes to those in attendance and for those that made the trip from Amarillo, but the Cotton Kings feel the best decision was made towards a situation beyond their control. Ticket holders for the event may redeem their ticket stub at the Cotton Kings offices (1309 University) to use for any future Cotton Kings contest. Any special requests or questions concerning ticket exchanges may be made by contacting the Cotton Kings offices at (806) 747-7825.

THE RESCHEDULED DATE WILL BE

The rescheduled date for the Cotton Kings clash with Amarillo was made Monday evening, with all parties agreeing on Sunday, February 26th as the newly rescheduled date. The game is scheduled to begin at 5:05 PM and City of Lubbock officials associated with the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum have elected to discount hotdogs to $1 for the game. Lubbock Municipal Coliseum officials are also determining other avenues to please fans that attended the game Sunday. Additional information will be announced in regards to any additional efforts made at a later time.

"HEROES & LEGACIES" COTTON KINGS "HERO OF THE WEEK"

Each week a member of the Cotton Kings is selected as the "Heroes & Legacies Hero of the Week" for their performance in the previous week's games, and this week's recipient for their effort last week is veteran forward Bobby Brown. The returning King had a goal in Lubbock's 4-2 loss in Amarillo and had a game-high 8 shots on goal. Brown's goal was his second since returning from a high stick injury in December. The goal was also his team leading third against the Gorillas this year and he co-leads the Kings with four points against Amarillo this season.

SKILLED COMPETITION

In case you missed it, last week the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees hosted the 2006 CHL All-Star Game, presented by Obra Homes, and Lubbock's Nolan Graham and Stacey Bauman were members of the Southern Conference squad, which lost 10-9 to the North Conference in a shootout final. Bauman was scoreless, as were all defensemen in the game, but Nolan Graham had a goal and three assists for a four-point performance. Graham also competed in the Fastest Skater Competition in the Skills Competition and was second behind former King and Wichita Thunder representative Joe Blaznek.

THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"

10- Minutes - Goaltender Lance Leslie is 10 minutes away from 27,000 career minutes in net. That is equivalent to 450 hours or just under 19 consecutive days in net.

17 - Games - The Lubbock Cotton Kings have played 17 consecutive games since winning consecutive games. The last set of consecutive wins came on November 26 and December 2nd.

62 - Saves - Another milestone Lance Leslie is approaching is 13,000 saves, as he is 62 saves away.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Jan. 21 @ Amarillo L 2-4 Top Star: AMA - Jaime Vandespyker (38/40 saves)

WEEK AHEAD

PRACTICE TIMES: Tues-Thurs: 9:30 AM... Fri-Sat: 10 - 10:45 AM...

Fri. Jan. 27 7:05 pm vs. Oklahoma City Blazers Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: Friday night, the first 1,000 fans at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum will receive reprints of the First Set of Cotton Kings Trading Cards and will also receive the Second Set, which are presented by Dent Tech. This is the second of four meetings between the two teams this season, with each team hosting two of the contests. OKC has the Kings number, winning 8 of the 9 all-time meetings. They won the previous meeting back on November 12th 1-0 in an overtime shootout. It stands as the only game in Cotton Kings history to end with a 1-0 overtime result. Garrett Prosofsky registered the shootout game winning goal and has the only point offensively in the series. Lubbock's all-time series leader against Oklahoma City is Paul Fioroni, who has a goal and four assists for 5 points in 6 games, while Oklahoma City's all-time leader is retired Hardy Sauter, who had three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 8 games.

Sat. Jan. 28 7:00 pm @ Odessa Jackalopes Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: Saturday, the Odessa Jackalopes and Lubbock Cotton Kings will face off in Odessa, as the two clubs meet for the tenth time this season and for the 68th meeting all-time. It is the sixth game of the season series in Odessa, where the Kings are 1-4-0 in the series this season and 9-25-2 all-time. The overall season series is led by Odessa 7-2-0 this season. Nolan Graham (5g,3a) has eight points to lead the season series offensively for the Kings, while Odessa's Sebastien Thinel (6g,8a) has 14 points for Odessa against the Kings . Lubbock is 23-39-5 all-time against the Jacks', while Odessa is 44-20-3 against the Kings in the all-time series. Odessa's Scott Hillman is the all-time series scoring leader with 9 goals and 44 assists for 53 points. Jan Melichercik is the Cotton Kings all-time leader in scoring against Odessa with 38 points (15g,23a).

Sun. Jan. 29 5:05 pm vs. Odessa Jackalopes Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The Cotton Kings wrap up the week completing the home-and-home series at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum with Odessa. Lubbock is 1-3-0 this season against the Jackalopes at home and are 3-1-0 this season when playing on Sundays.

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