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Cotton Kings Weekly Notes

March 14, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

FOR THE WEEK OF Mar. 13 - Mar. 19th

PERFECT WEEK

The Lubbock Cotton Kings had a perfect week last week, winning all three contests as they keep their playoff hopes alive. The Kings opened the week with a 3-1 victory over Fort Worth and then defeated Rio Grande Valley 1-0 in a shootout. The victory over Rio gave the Kings their first two-game winning streak since December 2nd, and it was their first win in franchise history when heading into overtime scoreless (just the second time a Kings game has been scoreless heading into OT). The Kings closed out the weekend Sunday in Corpus Christi with a 2-1 comeback overtime victory. The three-game winning streak ties their season high mark. Lubbock was not able to gain much ground in the playoff race, as the three wins only cut their gap from the last playoff spot by one standing-point. They enter this week ten standing-points out with eight games remaining. Lubbock is ten standing-points behind fourth seeded Rio Grande Valley with two games-in-hand and a Tuesday night tilt against the Killer Bees. They also sit 13 points behind the third seeded Austin Ice Bats with four games-in-hand over the Bats. Lubbock starts their week in Rio Grande Valley Tuesday and will return home to host Fort Worth on Friday before a home-and-home set with Amarillo starting Saturday in Amarillo and concluding Sunday in Lubbock.

KILLER AWARD

The Central Hockey League announced their weekly player awards and awarded Kings goaltender Brett Koscielny as the Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week for Week 21. The Brandon, Manitoba native went 2-0-0 during the week, gaining wins over Fort Worth and Corpus Christi. In those contests, Koscielny stopped 66 of 68 shots on goal, stopping 27 of 28 Wednesday in the victory over Fort Worth and then stopped 39 of 40 shots Sunday. The honor for Koscielny is his first and it is the second overall honor received this season. "Killer" was awarded as the Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Month in November.

"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 rookie forward Mike Brolsma. The Appleton, Wisconsin native had a week to remember with a pair of overtime game winning goals in consecutive nights. Brolsma was the first shooter in the overtime frame Saturday night against Rio Grande Valley and scored on the attempt, which stood as the game winner. He followed that Sunday by blasting a one-timer into the net with 52 seconds remaining in overtime for the game winner. Brolsma now co-leads the team with four game winning goals.

THE WHEELS ON THE BUSS

Saturday, the Lubbock Cotton Kings activated veteran goaltender Lance Leslie, forcing the Kings to release goaltender Brad Buss. The rookie netminder, who made his pro debut with a 5-2 win at Oklahoma City on February 7th, was picked up off waivers by the Odessa Jackalopes Monday. Buss, a native of Clinton Township, Michigan, pulls out of Lubbock with a 2-5-0 record and a 4.51 GAA.

THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"

7-8-0 - Record - The Lubbock Cotton Kings have a record of 7-8-0 in games played as part of a three-in-three set. Lubbock plays a three-in-three weekend this week for the first time since January 27-29th.

17- Shutouts - Lance Leslie's 34-save shutout performance Saturday against Rio Grande Valley was his 17th career shutout victory of his career.

101:37- Minutes - Lubbock endured their second longest shutout sequence of the season, lasting 101-minutes and 37-seconds without a goal from 3/8 - 3/11, but they garnered wins in each f the games the span lasted through..

WEEK IN REVIEW

Mar. 8 vs Fort Worth Brahmas W 3-1 Top Star: LUB - Vic Pereira (GW goal)

Mar. 11 vs Rio Grande Valley W(so) 1-0 Top Star: LUB - Lance Leslie (34 save shutout)

Mar. 12 @ Corpus Christi Rayz W 2-1 Top Star: LUB - Brett Koscielny (39/40 saves)

WEEK AHEAD

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

Tue. Mar. 14 7:35 pm @ Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The Cotton Kings start their busy four-game week this week Tuesday night with a trip to Rio Grande Valley. It is the fourth and final meeting between the two clubs this season and the third in Hidalgo. Lubbock is 2-1-0 this season against the Bees and 5-3-0 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.

Fri. Mar. 17 7:05 pm vs. Fort Worth Brahmas Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The Kings return home to host the Fort Worth Brahmas for their second and final visit of the season. Lubbock is 2-0-0 this season against the Brahmas. The Kings lead the all-time series against the Brahmas with a 10-5-2 record. Kings forward Bobby Brown (3-7) and former forward Dave MacIntyre (4-6) are the Kings all-time series leader offensively with 10 points, 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. 18 7:00 pm vs. Amarillo Gorillas Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The Cotton Kings begin a home-and-home weekend series with the Amarillo Gorillas by traveling to Amarillo to continue the I-27 Interstate Batteries Series. Lubbock trails the series with a 5-4-2 record, while the Gorilas are a win away from claiming the I-27 Series Cup with a 6-4-1 record. Derek Hahn has 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points to lead Amarillo and the series in scoring this season, while the Kings are led by Bobby Brown's 8 points (6g,2a). As for the all-time series, it will be the 72nd all-time meeting between the two clubs, with Lubbock bringing in a 40-21-10 all-time series record and Amarillo bringing a 31-35-5 all-time series mark. Jan Melichercik (8g,33a) has 41 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 15 goals and 23 assists for 38 points.

Sun. Mar. 19 5:05 pm vs. Amarillo Gorillas Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The Kings close the week return home to complete the second half of the home-and-home series with Amarillo, presented by Interstate Batteries. The Cotton Kings are 5-3-0 on Sundays, 12-9-2 with no days rest and 4-1-0 on the third day of three games in three nights this season.

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