Cotton Kings Weekly Notes
KINGS JUMP INTO SOUTHWEST DIVISION LEAD AFTER A PAIR OF HOME WINS
The Lubbock Cotton Kings completed their first three-in-three weekend with a 2-1-0 record by rebounding from a 4-2 loss Thursday in New Mexico with a 6-1 home win Friday over Amarillo and a 3-0 Saturday night victory over the Rocky Mountain Rage. The Cotton Kings moved into first place with their win over Amarillo and extended their Southwest Division lead to two standing-points Saturday night. This week, the division leading Kings have a three-in-three weekend with a home game and a pair of road tilts. Thursday night, the Cotton Kings host the defending Northern Conference Champion Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs before heading to Oklahoma City to face the Blazers Friday and then completing the weekend Saturday night in Amarillo with an I-27 battle with the Gorillas.
STANTON IS THE MAN
The Central Hockey League announced their Oakley CHL Players of the Week for Week Four and selected Cotton Kings goaltender Kyle Stanton as the Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week. The Chemainus, BC native went 2-0-0 on the week with wins over Amarillo and Rocky Mountain. Stanton stopped 56 of 57 shots on goal for a 98.2% save percentage for the week. Nineteen of the saves were registered Saturday night, as Stanton recorded his first North American pro career shutout and second overall in his pro career. With the productive week, Stanton ranks tied for second in the CHL in wins (5), third in save percentage (93.6%) and fourth in GAA (2.31). The honor is Stanton's first and it marks the eighth time a Kings goaltender has received the award in franchise history. He is the fifth different individual to receive the accolade for the Kings (Darcy Austin, Mike Bruseau, Brett Koscielny and Lance Leslie). Ironically, Lance Leslie earned the honor last season during the same week (Week Four).
RANKING THE COMPETITION
Two weeks ago, the Central Hockey League premiered the CHL Coach's Poll, which ranks the top ten teams in the league based on coach's ballots. Lubbock debut at #10 on the poll, but has since made the move up to #7 and now awaits their next ranking, which will be announced Wednesday. It is very possible the Cotton Kings could jump into the top five.
LEADING THE WAY
Lubbock's first place lead in the Southwest Division has been sparked by both offensive and defensive play. Lubbock ranks tied for second overall in the CHL and leads the Southern Conference in goals per game with an average of 4 goals per game. Defensively, the Kings rank third overall in the CHL and lead the Southern Conference in goals allowed per game with an average of 2.89 goals allowed per game.
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 goaltender Kyle Stanton. The second year pro was previously highlighted with his Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week honor. Also worthy of mention is Kings forward Kyle Nosan. The Baudette, Minnesota native led the Kings offensively for the week with 6 points off 3 goals and 3 assists. Nosan co-leads the Kings in scoring with 14 points (4g,10a) on the season (tied for fifth in the CHL), and his 10 assists co-lead the CHL. Six of his assists have been contributed on the power play, which leads the CHL.
THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"
3-0-0 - Record - Lubbock is 3-0-0 when facing ranked teams this season.
9 - Goals Allowed - In five home games, the Kings have allowed nine goals, which is the least amount of goals allowed on home ice by any team that has hosted at least four home games this season (13 teams).
16 - Star Points - Simon Watson co-leads the CHL in Top Star votes. Players receive five points for every first star honor, three points for every second star honor and one point for every third star selection.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: TUE - WED: 9:30 - 11 AM THU: 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Thu. Nov. 16 7:05 pm vs. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Lubbock Cotton Kings will host the defending Northeast Conference Champion Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Thursday night to start the week. The two clubs met three times last season, with the 'Bugs claiming a 2-1-0 series record. Lubbock's all-time record between against the Mudbugs in regular season play is 4-7-0. Chad Spurr of the Mudbugs is the series all-time leading scorer with 11 points off 3 goals and 8 assists, while the Kings are led by former King Jan Melichercik, who had a goal and 7 assists for 8 points. Thursday nights at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum are "Thirsty Thursdays," which means its $1 Beer Night presented by Raider Pass. The Darren Welch Group will be performing prior to the game, during intermissions and after the game.
Fri. Nov. 17 7:35 pm @ Oklahoma City Blazers
Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Cotton Kings jump on the bus and head into Northern Conference territory for the first time this season, making a voyage into Oklahoma City. Lubbock and Oklahoma City meet three times this season and twice in Oklahoma. OKC has had Kings number all-time, winning 9 of the 12 all-time meetings, but the Kings won the season series last season with a 2-1-1 record in four meetings. Lubbock's all-time series leader against Oklahoma City is former King Paul Fioroni, who has 7 points (2g,5a) against the Blazers. Oklahoma City's all-time leader is Marty Standish, who has 3 goals and 10 assists for 13 points.
Sat. Nov. 18 7:00 pm @ Amarillo Gorillas
Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: Lubbock wraps the weekend with their first regular season visit to Amarillo to face the Gorillas. It is the seconds of 11 meetings on the year, the first of six in Amarillo and the 76th all-time meeting. Lubbock brings in a 41-22-12 all-time series record and Amarillo brings a 34-36-5 all-time series mark. Lubbock leads the season series 1-0-0 and is led by Simon Watson (2g,1a) and Kyle Nosan (3a), who each have 3 points. Former King Jan Melichercik (10g,34a) has 44 points against Amarillo to stand as the all-time leader in scoring against Amarillo for the Kings. Amarillo's all-time leader in scoring against Lubbock is former Gorilla Derek Hahn, who has 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points.
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