Cotton Kings Weekly Notes
FOR THE WEEK OF Feb. 20 - Feb. 26th
KINGS LOOK TO REBOUND AFTER TOUGH WEEK WITH NORTH DIVISION LEADERS
The Lubbock Cotton Kings had a tough week of play last week, dropping all three of their contests and now look to end a three-game winless streak this week and get back into the playoff picture. The Kings started out the week last week with a 5-3 loss to the Northeast Division leading Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs on Thursday and then followed that contest with a 4-2 loss to the Northwest Division leading Colorado Eagles. Lubbock closed the week Sunday in Bossier-Shreveport with a 6-2 loss to the Mudbugs. They will look to rebound this week during a busy schedule that has the Kings in Memphis on Tuesday, at home Thursday hosting Tulsa and then wrapping up the week with a two-game home series hosting Amarillo on Saturday and Sunday. With two of the four games this week against division foes, Lubbock will be forced to obtain some victories to get back in the playoff race. The Kings enter the week ten standing-points behind Amarillo and Austin for the last playoff spot in the Southern Conference.
SHORT STREAK CAME TO AN END
On Saturday against Colorado, the Lubbock Cotton Kings had their streak of consecutive games with a shorthanded goal come to an end at four games. Lubbock has evened it up with six shorthanded goals at home and six tallied on the road for a total of 12 on the season, which ranks second in the CHL. Kyle Nosan, Nolan Graham and Matt McNeely each co-lead the Kings with two shorthanded goals. Nosan and McNeely each ranked tied for second in the CHL among rookies with their shorthanded goals and McNeely leads all CHL defensemen. Defensively, Lubbock ranks tied for fourth with an allowance of just 7 shorthanded goals this season.
"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 two-time back-to-back recipient had a goal and three assists for four points in the week's three games. Brown's numbers extended his point streak to a Kings season high seven games heading into this week. The Brandon, Manitoba native's resurgence since returning from a facial injury in December has him leading the Kings in scoring with 12 goals and 26 assists for 38 points. In February alone, Brown leads the Kings with 3 goals and 9 assists for 12 points in 8 games.
Lubbock's roster is filled with rookies and one of the rookies climbing the leaderboard is Kyle Nosan. The Baudette, Minnesota product ranks tied for seventh in CHL rookie scoring with 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points. His 20 assists rank fourth among CHL rookies, and two of his 11 goals are shorthanded goals (tied for second among CHL rookies). Nosan has done most of his damage on the road. He has 18 points on the road this season, ranking second on the squad with 6 goals and 12 assists away from the Hub City.
THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"
13- Shots - Bobby Brown fired off 13 shots on goal Saturday against Colorado, which tied a Cotton Kings franchise single-game high (Kyle Reeves 1/21/01 vs. ODE).
99 - Goals - Jan Melichercik scored his 99th career goal Sunday at Bossier-Shreveport and now sits a goal away from his 100th career goal.
548- Shots - The Lubbock Cotton Kings have tallied 548 shots on goal this season during the third period of play (11.9 per game avg.), which leads the Southern Conference and ranks second in the CHL.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Feb. 16 vs Bossier-Shreveport L 3-5 Top Star: BOS - Blair Manning (1g,1a, 2 pts.)
Feb. 18 vs Colorado Eagles L 2-4 Top Star: COL - Riley Nelson (1g,2a, 3 pts.)
Feb. 19 @ Bossier-Shreveport L 2-6 Top Star: BOS - Blair Manning (3 assists)
PRACTICE TIMES: Thurs: 10 - 10:45 AM... Fri: 10 - 11 AM (tentative)...
Tue. Feb. 21 7:05 pm @ Memphis RiverKings Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Kings remain on the road and start this week's action in Southaven, Mississippi with their only road contest against the Memphis RiverKings. It is the final meeting of the season between the two clubs and Lubbock heads into the contest with a 1-0-0 series record after a 4-2 win on November 25th. There is a short history between the two clubs, as they have only met six times, with Lubbock holding a 3-2-1 series edge, as Memphis is 3-3-0 all-time against the Cotton Kings. Paul Fioroni (2g,4a) and Jan Melichercik (1g,5a) each lead Lubbock in the all-time series with 6 points, as Memphis is led in the series by Don Parson, who has 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points.
Thu. Feb. 23 7:05 pm vs. Tulsa Oilers Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Lubbock Cotton Kings return home Thursday to face the Tulsa Oilers for the third time this season and the second in Lubbock. It will be the final meeting between the two clubs this season. Lubbock has a 5-3-0 all-time record against the Oilers, but Tulsa leads the season series 2-0-0 and defeated the Kings 5-2 on February 10th in Lubbock. Tulsa's Jaroslav Cesky leads the series with 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points, while Lubbock's Kyle Nosan and Josh Anderson each have 2 points (1g,1a) in the series.
Sat. Feb. 25 7:05 pm vs. Amarillo Gorillas Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Cotton Kings will wear special "Biker" style jerseys, which will be auctioned off after the game, as they host the Amarillo Gorillas to resume the I-27 Interstate Batteries Series. Lubbock leads the series with a 4-2-2 record and is 2-0-1 against Amarillo at home this season. Derek Hahn has 6 goals and 3 assists for 9 points to lead Amarillo and the series in scoring this season, while the Kings are led by Mike Brolsma's 6 points (3g,3a). As for the all-time series, it will be the 69th all-time meeting between the two clubs, with Lubbock bringing in a 39-19-10 all-time series record and Amarillo bringing a 29-34-5 all-time series mark. Jan Melichercik (8g,32a) has 40 points against Amarillo in his career to stand as the all-time leader in scoring against Amarillo for the Kings. Amarillo's all-time leader in scoring against Lubbock is Hahn, who all-time has 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points.
Sun. Feb. 26 5:05 pm vs. Amarillo Gorillas Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: Lubbock will close the weekend out Sunday hosting the Amarillo Gorillas in another Interstate Batteries I-27 matchup. The game was originally scheduled for January 22nd, but due to unplayable conditions at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, the game was rescheduled to this date. It will be the only back-to-back game during the busy week and Lubbock is 11-7-2 when playing with no days rest. They are also 4-2-0 on Sundays.
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