Cotton Kings Weekly Notes
KINGS STILL SEEKING CONSISTENCY
The Lubbock Cotton Kings won two of their three contests last week, grabbing a pair of solid road wins and losing their lone home contest. Lubbock started out the week last week on Tuesday with a 5-2 road win in Oklahoma City for their first ever win in Oklahoma City, but could not take advantage of the momentum builder Friday with a 5-2 disheartening loss to the Tulsa Oilers. They closed out the week Saturday with a 4-3 comeback win over the defending CHL Champion Colorado Eagles on the road for their first win of the season over Colorado. It was also the first time all season Colorado had lost a game when leading after two periods of play. With the week complete, the Kings have gone 3-1-2 in their last six games and have standing-points in five of the games. Lubbock faces a very challenging schedule this week as well, hosting the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs on Thursday and Colorado on Saturday before traveling overnight to face Bossier-Shreveport in Louisiana for a Sunday evening tilt. The Kings enter the week 16 standing-points behind division-leading Odessa and they are five standing-points behind Rio Grande Valley for the final playoff spot with a 19-21-3 record with 21 games remaining.
The CHL Trade Deadline came down at 3 PM Monday with the Lubbock Cotton Kings not making or accepting any trade offers from the other CHL squads. There was activity around the league, as Tulsa made several moves, trading Drew Otten to Austin, Korey Diehl and Todd Paul to Corpus Christi for Mike Lukajic (from Corpus Christi), Doug Watkins (from Corpus Christi) and Shawn Roed (from Austin). Fort Worth and Wichita also completed a deal sending Chris Bain to Fort Worth in return for Andrew Nahirniak. The completion of the trade deadline does not mean player transactions are complete for the season. The Kings can still release players and sign free agents.
Lubbock Cotton Kings defenseman Jason Beatty is continuing his call-up with the San Antonio Rampage and last week he appeared in all three of the Rampages contests. He was -2 in a 6-1 loss at Manchester on Wednesday and then was +1 in Friday's 2-1 SO win at Hartford before registering his first minor penalty Sunday in a 4-1 loss Hamilton. Beatty is scoreless in five games with San Antonio and has two penalty minutes and a -2 plus/minus rating. San Antonio, the top American Hockey League affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, has a three-in-three this week beginning in Milwaukee on Wednesday and following through Thursday in Omaha before concluding the set Friday in Peoria.
"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 Kings inaugural captain had points in all three games last week and combined for 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points. Brown started the week off with three assists at Oklahoma City, ended with an assist against Tulsa and then closed out the week with a pair of goals and an assist for three points at Colorado. Brown now leads the team in points with 34 (11g,23a) and has scored nearly have of them over the last ten games with four goals and 12 assists for 16 points.
ON THE SHORT SIDE
The Lubbock Cotton Kings have scored shorthanded goals in three consecutive games and now are ranked tied for second in the CHL with 11 shorthanded goals on the season. Six of them have been tallied on the road, which also ranks tied for second in the CHL. Lubbock's individual leads in the category are Nolan Graham, Kyle Nosan and Matt McNeely, who each have two. Nosan and McNeely are ranked tied for second amongst CHL rookies and McNeely leads all defensemen in the league with his two. On the defensive side, Lubbock ranks 4th in the CHL with an allowance of 7 shorthanded goals.
THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"
4-16-1 - Record - The Lubbock Cotton Kings comeback win in Colorado improved their record to 4-16-1 when trailing after two periods of play. The four wins co-leads the CHL when teams trail after two periods.
11 - Power Play Goals - Lubbock exploded last Tuesday night with 4 power play and 2 that were by Nolan Graham, who leads the team and ranks 7th in the CHL with 11 power play goals.
36.1 - Shots Per Game - The Kings rank second in the CHL with an average of 36.1 shots per game, sitting behind Bossier-Shreveport (37.5).
WEEK IN REVIEW
Feb. 7 @ Oklahoma City Blazers W 5-2 Top Star: LUB - Nolan Graham (2 PP goals)
Feb. 10 vs Tulsa Oilers L 2-5 Top Star: TUL - Jaroslav Ceskey (3g,2a, 5 pts.)
Feb. 11 @ Colorado Eagles W 4-3 Top Star: LUB - Kyle Nosan (2g,2a, 4 pts.)
PRACTICE TIMES: Tue: TBA... Wed: 9:30 - 11 AM ... Thurs: 10 - 10:45 AM... Fri: 10 - 11 AM...
Thur. Feb. 16 7:05 pm vs. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The defending Southwest Division Champion Lubbock Cotton Kings will host the defending Northeast Division Champion Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Thursday night to start the week. The Kings, who did not play the Mudbugs during the regular season last season, host the Bugs for a second time this season. Lubbock's all-time record between against the Mudbugs in regular season play is 4-5-0. Lubbock won the previous match-up 5-1, with Emery Olauson, Ryan Moren and Kyle Nosan each garnering a pair of points. Jason Campbell of the Mudbugs is the series all-time leading scorer with 5 goals and 2 assists for 7 points, while Lubbock has several members tied atop the all-time list of scorers against the Bugs with 5 points.
Sat. Feb. 18 7:05 pm vs. Colorado Eagles Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Cotton Kings host the defending CHL Champion Colorado Eagles Saturday night for McDonald's Team Picture Night for the first 1,000 fans. It is the 13th meeting all-time between the two clubs and the fourth of five scheduled meetings this season (three in Lubbock). Colorado has a 2-1-0 series advantage this season and leads the all-time series with an 8-2-2 record, while Lubbock is 4-8-0 in the all-time series. Colorado's Ryan Tobler is the all-time series leader offensively with 4 goals and 10 assists for 14 points. Lubbock's all-time leader against Colorado is Paul Fioroni (3g, 4a) and Jan Melichercik (2g,5a), who each have 7 points. This season, Kyle Nosan (2g,4a) has 6 points against the Eagles to lead the Kings in the season series.
Sun. Feb. 19 5:05 pm @ Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Cotton Kings close the week heading to Bossier City, Louisiana for their first visit of the season to the Century Tel Center, where they will face the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. Lubbock is 2-3-0 all-time in the regular season on the road in Bossier-Shreveport. The Kings are 11-6-2 this season when playing with no days rest and are 4-1-0 this season on Sundays.
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