Cotton Kings Weekly Notes
KINGS OFF TO RECORD START
The Lubbock Cotton Kings opened last weekend with a 4-2 win in Austin to give them a 2-0-0 start to the 06/07 season, which is the best start the Kings have had in their franchise history. The Kings had never opened a season winning their first two games, but the streak would end there, as Lubbock fell to the Odessa Jackalopes Saturday night 6-5 in Odessa. With a 2-1-0 record, the Kings currently sit in third place of the Southwest Division. They could grab a share of first place in the division Tuesday with a regulation win against the division leading Arizona Sundogs. It will mark the first ever match-up between the two clubs in franchise history. Lubbock then prepares for a strenuous home-and-home series with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, with the two teams locking up Friday night at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum before boarding busses and battling Saturday night down in Hidalgo, Texas (over 650 miles).
FOR THE KIDS
The Cotton Kings will host the Arizona Sundogs Tuesday morning at 11:00 AM inside the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, but the 'dogs will not be the only guests of the Cotton Kings. There will be several thousand area school students in attendance for the annual "Kids Day" game, which the Cotton Kings are calling their "Fall Festival" contest. The theme to the "Fall Festival" is "Science, Safety and Character," with educational involvement from the Science Spectrum and local fire and police departments. Lubbock is 6-1-0 all-time in "Kids Day" games and 5-0-0 in games played inside the Kingdom.
KIDS DAY GAME HISTORY
December 18, 2001 - Lubbock 3 vs. Corpus Christi 1
October 29, 2002 - Lubbock 6 vs. Amarillo 0
October 28, 2003 - Lubbock 5 vs. Fort Worth 2
November 16, 2004 - Lubbock 5 vs. Rio Grande Valley 1
February 1, 2005 - Lubbock 3 at New Mexico 2
November 8, 2005 - Lubbock 7 vs. Odessa 1
November 17, 2005 - Lubbock 1 at Odessa 2
ISN'T THAT SPECIAL
Of the nine goals scored in the two games over the weekend by the Cotton Kings, eight were while on special teams. Lubbock tallied 5 power play goals and 3 shorthanded goals on their road trip. In Austin on Friday, Lubbock set a franchise record and tied a CHL record with 3 shorthanded goals in the contest. Lubbock co-leads the CHL in shorthanded goals (3) and three of the five shorthanded goals tallied by the road team in the CHL this season have been by the Kings. Defenseman Stacey Bauman is the only defenseman in the CHL with a shorthanded goal. Saturday, the Cotton Kings tied a franchise record with four power play goals, as they went 4 for 11 in the contest. The boost on the man advantage has moved the Kings into fifth place in the CHL with a 23.1% power play percentage.
What ever is taking place in the Kings locker room during the first intermission is working, as the Kings have come out on fire during the opening of the second periods this season. In just three games played this season, the Cotton Kings have scored four goals this season inside the opening 2:30 (two-minutes and 30-seconds) of the second period and have three goals tallied in the opening minute of the second period.
THE WIENERSCHNITZEL TOP DOG OF THE WEEK
Each week a member of the Cotton Kings is selected as the "Wienerschnitzel Top Dog 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 third-year King registered six points in two games on the week with a trio of goals and assists. Friday in Austin, Brown tallied a pair of goals. One came on the power play and the other closed the game's scoring with a shorthanded empty net goal. In Odessa the following night, Brown tied a career best (seventh time in his career) with a four-point output with a goal and three assist. The goal keeps his goal scoring streak alive at three games. Brown currently ranks tied for 7th in CHL league scoring with 7 points (4g,3a) and tied for 4th in goals with 4.
THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"
4.33 - Goals Per Game - Lubbock leads the Southern Conference in goals per game with an average of 4.33 per game.
6 - Second Period Goals - With 6 goals tallied in the second period this season, the Cotton Kings rank third in the CHL in the category.
32.3 - Shots Per Game - The Kings rank third in the Southern Conference in shots per game with an average of 32.3 shots per game.
Tue. Oct. 31 11:05 am vs. Arizona Sundogs
Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Cotton Kings begin the week with their annual "Kids Day" game, as it is a Fall Festival celebration at the Kingdom. The Arizona Sundogs are the opponent, and they are making their first ever visit to Lubbock. The Prescott Valley, AZ based Sundogs are in their inaugural season and the 'dogs and Kings have never faced each other.
Fri. Nov. 3 7:05 pm vs. Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
Radio: KOOL 98.1 FM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: Lubbock begins a home-and-home series with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees Friday night for the first meeting of the season between the two teams. Lubbock went 3-1-0 last season against the Bees and they stand 6-3-0 all-time. Former Cotton King Emery Olauson (3g,5a), who is now with Rio Grande Valley, has 8 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 (now with Rocky Mountain), who has 5 points off 2 goals and 3 assists. Lubbock's Trevor Weisgerber led the Killer Bees in scoring last season.
Sat. Nov. 4 7:35 pm at Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: Both Lubbock and Rio will jump aboard their busses and venture down to the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Tx in preparation for Saturday night's game. The game will wrap up the weekend set for the Cotton Kings. The pair of games are the only ones scheduled in the season series between the two clubs.
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