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Cotton Kings Weekly Notes

February 28, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

FOR THE WEEK OF Feb. 27 - Mar. 5th

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL

The Lubbock Cotton Kings evened out their play last week, splitting the week's action (2-2-0), but are now starting to run out of time if they want to string a line of wins together to get themselves into postseason play. With 14 games remaining, the Cotton Kings are 10 standing-points behind Rio Grande Valley for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. Lubbock has three games on the weekly docket, beginning this week's action Tuesday night in Fort Worth with their first visit to the Metroplex this season to face the Fort Worth Brahmas before returning home to host the Colorado Eagles on Friday and the Amarillo Gorillas on Saturday.

WHO HAS WHO

As teams begin to enter the final month of the regular season, we have taken a look to examine the remaining schedules for the five non-division leading teams in the Southern Conference battling for two of the four playoff spots. The Lubbock Cotton Kings have the second best remaining schedule of the five teams based on the remaining opponent's winning percentage. With 14 games remaining (split with seven home and seven road games), Lubbock's opponent's winning percentage averages out to a winning percentage of 52.2%. It still remains as a tough schedule, as six of their remaining games are against teams currently playoff eligible. Five of the remaining games are divisional match-ups (four against Amarillo) and an additional three are against Southern Conference foes. Here is a breakdown of what remains for the five teams:

TEAM GMS REMAINING (Hm/Rd) OPP AVG. WIN % CRARO STANDING PTS. *
Austin 11 (2/9) 50.5% 11-10-0 55 Rio Grande Valley 13 (6/7)
55.4% 15-13-2 55 Amarillo 14 (7/7)
56.4% 15-14-1 53 Lubbock 14 (7/7)
52.2% 13-17-3 45 Corpus Christi 11 (6/5)
60.9% 7-17-2 42

CRARO = Current record against remaining opponents * = as of 2/28/06

"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 forward Nolan Graham. The second-year Kings forward had two goals and five assists for seven points in the week's four games, but he completed those numbers in two of the games. Graham began the week last Tuesday in Memphis with a five-point performance with a pair of goals and three assists. He followed that performance Thursday with 2 assists against Tulsa. The Nanaimo, British Columbia native leads the Kings in scoring with 23 goals and 18 assists for 41 points. Graham needs three points to surpass last season's total of 41 points.

BOWLING FOR DOLLARS

The 24 Foundation, which is a non-profit organization conducted by Kings forward Paul Fioroni, will host its second annual Bowl-A-Rama to raise funds to assist the continued efforts of Jayde Garcia's therapy treatment, Canon Perkins' liver transplant , and the Cotton Kings youth hockey programs. The event will take place at Brunswick Bowl (5150 69th St.) on Sunday, March 5th at 1 PM. Entry is $25 for an individual and $100 per team (of 4). To sign up, or for additional information, contact the Kings offices at 747-7825.

The foundation is also continuing to sell raffle tickets for a new automobile. All-American Chevrolet and Frontier Dodge teamed up through a partnership between the 24 Foundation and the Lubbock Cotton Kings, and a limited number of 100 tickets are on sale at all Cotton Kings games/events and all 24 Foundation functions for a new price of $150 a piece until all 100 are sold throughout the season. Once they are all sold, a drawing will be conducted and the holder of the selected ticket will win their choice of either a 2006 Dodge Ram from Frontier Dodge or a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado from All-American Chevrolet.

THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"

14- Opportunities - The Lubbock Cotton Kings had 14 power play opportunities on Sunday, which was a single game franchise high.

1-4-0 - Record - The Kings have fired 53 or more shots on goal five times this season, but are 1-4-0 when doing so.

2-1-0 - Record - There have only been three games this season the Cotton Kings have fired less than 27 shots on goal and they are 2-1-0 in those games.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Feb. 21 @ Memphis RiverKings W 7-4 Top Star: LUB - Nolan Graham (2g,3a 5 pts.)

Feb. 23 vs Tulsa Oilers L 2-3 Top Star: TUL - Jim Dahl (2 goals)

Feb. 25 vs Amarillo Gorillas W 2-1 Top Star: LUB - Bobby Brown (GW goal)

Feb. 26 vs Amarillo Gorillas L 0-4 Top Star: LUB - Shawn Degagne (41 save shutout)

WEEK AHEAD

PRACTICE TIMES: Thurs: 10 - 11:00 AM... Fri - Sat: 10 - 10:45 AM

Tue. Feb. 28 7:35 pm @ Fort Worth Brahmas Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: none

Notes: The Kings begin their week by closing out a span of 8 games in 13 days with their first battle of the season against the Fort Worth Brahmas. It is the first of three meetings on the season. The Kings lead the all-time series against the Brahmas with an 8-5-2 record and the won the only game in last season's series. Former Kings forward Dave MacIntyre is the Kings all-time series leader offensively with 10 points (4g6a), while the Brahmas are led in the all-time series by former members Chad Woollard (7g,4a) and Ross Harris (5g,6a), who each had 11 points. The Brahmas were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday.

Fri. Mar. 3 7:05 pm vs. Colorado Eagles Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The Cotton Kings host the defending CHL Champion Colorado Eagles Friday night. It is the 14th meeting all-time between the two clubs and the fifth and final scheduled meetings this season. Colorado has a 3-1-0 series advantage this season and leads the all-time series with 9-2-2 record, while Lubbock is 4-9-0 in the all-time series. Colorado's Ryan Tobler is the all-time series leader offensively with 4 goals and 11 assists for 15 points. Lubbock's all-time leader against Colorado is Jan Melichercik (2g,6a), who has 8 points. This season, Kyle Nosan (2g,4a) has 6 points against the Eagles to lead the Kings in the season series. Colorado's Greg Pankewicz and Tobler each have five points (2g,3a) this season in the series. The first 1,000 fans will receive Set #4 of the Cotton Kings Trading Cards presented by Dent Tech.

Sat. Mar. 4 7:05 pm vs. Amarillo Gorillas Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The Cotton Kings close the week hosting the Amarillo Gorillas to resume the I-27 Interstate Batteries Series. Lubbock leads the series with a 5-3-2 record and is 3-1-1 against Amarillo at home this season. Derek Hahn has 6 goals and 4 assists for 910points to lead Amarillo and the series in scoring this season, while the Kings are led by Mike Brolsma's 7 points (3g,4a). As for the all-time series, it will be the 71st all-time meeting between the two clubs, with Lubbock bringing in a 40-20-10 all-time series record and Amarillo bringing a 30-35-5 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 20 assists for 34 points. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Jan Melichercik Walker Doll presented by LRS Flooring Services.

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