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Cotton Kings Weekly Notes

March 7, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

FOR THE WEEK OF Mar. 6 - Mar. 12th

STILL ALIVE

The Lubbock Cotton Kings evened out their play last week, going 1-1-1 in the three games played, but they lost some ground in their efforts to get into the postseason picture. The Kings enter this week's action 9 standing-points behind both Amarillo and Rio Grande Valley for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. Austin is ahead of Amarillo and Rio, but they are in a vulnerable position. Even though Austin has won five straight and holds the third playoff seed, they are six standing points ahead of Amarillo and Rio Grande Valley (15 points ahead of Lubbock), while Amarillo, Lubbock and Rio each have four games in hand over them. Lubbock has 11 games remaining and three of them will be played this week. The Kings start the week Wednesday hosting Fort Worth before a busy weekend, which will have the Kings hosting Rio Grande Valley on Saturday and then traveling to Corpus Christi for an early evening tilt Sunday.

MARCHING INTO MARCH

After defeating the Fort Worth Brahmas 6-1 last Tuesday night, the Cotton Kings closed February with a 5-6-2 record. Bobby Brown was impressive during the month, leading the Kings with 6 goals and 11 assists for 17 points. March play began last weekend with the Kings dropping a 5-4 heartbreaker to Colorado in a shootout on Friday and losing 5-3 to Amarillo Saturday. The games were two of 13 games scheduled for March. The Kings March schedule is comprised of 7 home games (5 remain) and 6 road games. Five of the contests are divisional match-ups and four of them have yet to be played (3 vs. AMA, 1 vs. ODE). The month involves road trips to the CHL's southern limits (to Rio Grande Valley on 3/14) and then to the northern limits (at Wichita on 3/22 and Oklahoma City on 3/24). Last season, Jan Melichercik led the Kings in March scoring with 3 goals and 9 assists for 12 points, as the Kings went 6-4-1 during the month.

FEBRUARY TOTALS:

Record for the month: 5-6-2

Leading Scorer: Bobby Brown 17 pts. (6g,11a) Leading Defenseman: Stacey Bauman 6 pts. (1g,5a)

PP%: 12/85 14.8% PK% 57/74 77.0%

"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 defenseman Matt Macdonald. The Kings rookie defenseman had two goals and two assists for four points in the week's three games. Friday, he scored a goal against Colorado to end a scoring drought that had lingered since his last goal on November 8th. He did not have to duplicate the wait, as Macdonald scored a goal in the following game against Amarillo. The Niagara Falls, Ontario native leads the Kings in March scoring with his 4 points.

BEST OF THE BEST

Each season, the Central Hockey League polls teams, coaches, players and broadcasters to determine their "Best of the Best Poll." The poll consists of 40 categories ranging from the "Best overall Player" to the "Best Hotel." This season's "Best of the Best" poll will be announced Tuesday by the Central Hockey League and the Cotton Kings are expected to receive recognition in several of the categories.

THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"

3 - Consecutive Games - Cotton Kings forward Bobby Brown is on a three-game goal scoring streak, which ties a Kings season high.

4 for 9- Power Play - The Kings have scored power play goals in three consecutive games and have compiled a 4 for 9 power play mark through two games in March.

8-10-3- Record - Lubbock has the most losses of any other CHL team at home when out-shooting their opponents, with an 8-10-0 record. The Kings have out shot their opponents in 21 of 27 home games this season. They are 3-3-0 when being out-shot by opponents at home.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Feb. 28 @ Fort Worth Brahmas W 6-1 Top Star: LUB - Nolan Graham (2 goals)

Mar. 3 vs Colorado Eagles OTL(so) 4-5 Top Star: COL - Garrett Larson (2g,1a, 3pts.)

Mar. 4 vs Amarillo Gorillas L 3-5 Top Star: AMA - Scott Wray (2 goals)

WEEK AHEAD

PRACTICE TIMES: Tues: 10-11 AM... Wed: 10-10:45 AM... Thurs: TBA... Fri: 10-11 AM... Sat: 10-10:45 AM

Wed. Mar. 8 7:05 pm vs. Fort Worth Brahmas Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The Kings begin their week by the Fort Worth Brahmas for the first of two visits this season. Last Tuesday, the Kings defeated Fort Worth 6-1 in their first meeting of the season. The Kings lead the all-time series against the Brahmas with an 9-5-2 record. 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.

Sat. Mar. 11 7:05 pm vs. Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees Radio: KFYO 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The Cotton Kings host the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees for the first time this season Saturday night. It is the third of four meetings between the two clubs this season and the only one in Lubbock. Lubbock is 1-1-0 this season against the Bees and 4-3-0 all-time. Emery Olauson (2g,5a) and Paul Fioroni (3g,4a) each have 7 points in the all-time series to lead the Kings against Rio. The Bees are led in the all-time series by former King Matic Kralj, who has 5 points off 2 goals and 3 assists. Rio is coached by former Kings Head Coach and player Tracy Egeland and former Kings Ryan Shmyr and Matic Kralj are still members of the Bees. The Cotton Kings will be auctioning off their white jerseys to the fans throughout the game.

Sun. Mar. 12 5:05 pm @ Corpus Christi Rayz Radio: *KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The Cotton Kings close the week traveling south to face the Corpus Christi Rayz for their second and final visit to the Sparkling City this season. The meeting is the final of four meetings on the season, with each team hosting a pair of games. Lubbock has dominated the all-time series with Corpus Christi with a 13-2-1 record. The Kings are 7-1-1 all-time in games played at Corpus Christi. The all-time leading scorer in the series is Jan Melichercik, who has 15 points off 5 goals and 10 assists all-time against Corpus Christi. The Rayz all-time leader in the series is former Corpus member Geoff Bumstead, who has 6 assists. Lubbock is 2-1-0 so far this season against the Rayz.

*POSSIBLE BROADCAST CONFLICTS DUE TO BIG 12 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

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