Cotton Kings Weekly Notes
KINGS STREAK INTO TURKEY WEEK
The Lubbock Cotton Kings went 2-0-1 last week to extend their streak to five consecutive games in which they have obtained standing-points. The performance extended their Southwest Division lead to three standing-points over the Arizona Sundogs and places them with a Southern Conference leading record of 8-3-1. The Southern Conference division leaders will clash this Wednesday, as the Southwest Division leading Cotton Kings travel down to the border to battle the Southeast Division leading Laredo Bucks. The Kings will then return home Saturday to host the I-27 rival Amarillo Gorillas to conclude the short two-game week.
THE TEN SPOT
With Thursday's 3-2 victory over Bossier-Shreveport, the Lubbock Cotton Kings concluded their opening ten game stretch with a 7-3-0 record, which is their best record through ten games to open the season since opening up their inaugural campaign (99/00) with a 7-2-1 record. Looking back over the previous two seasons under Head Coach Chris Dashney, the Cotton Kings surpassed last season's record of 5-5-0 and the mark of 6-4-0 during the 04/05 season.
ROOKIES ON DISPLAY
When Lubbock travels to Laredo Wednesday, not only will the Southern Conference division leading squads be on display, but four the top six scoring rookies in the CHL will be on hand. Lubbock's Simon Watson continues to lead CHL rookies with 18 points on 9 goals and 9 assists. His nine goals also lead all rookies and his nine assists ranked tied for second in among rookies. Watson co-leads the CHL in star points (top three stars considerations) with 21. Philippe Lacasse of the Kings ranks tied for third among CHL rookies with 13 points off 4 goals and 9 assists. For Laredo, Bobby Chaumont ranks second among rookies in the CHL with 15 points (6g,9a) and Chris Korchinski ranks sixth in rookie scoring with 11 points (5g,6a). Watson, Chaumont, and Lubbock's Ross McCain each co-lead CHL rookies in game winning goals with two.
Lubbock's Kyle Stanton leads the Southern Conference in goaltending with a 2.33 GAA. The Chemainus, BC native also leads the conference in wins (6) and save percentage (92.8%). Stanton has a 6-1-1 record and has gone 4-0-1 in the month of November with a 2.17 GAA and a 92.8% save percentage. Goaltender JF Perras is also coming off a solid week after earning his first shootout win Saturday night in Amarillo. Perras stopped 44 of 47 shots for a team season high and personal best in saves.
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 rookie forward Simon Watson. The CHL's rookie scoring leader had a four-point week with a pair of goals and assists. Three of the points were tallied in Oklahoma City Friday with a pair of goals and an assist. He picked up an assist Saturday night in Amarillo with a long lead pass to Philippe Lacasse resulting in a breakaway goal.
THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"
3-0-0 - Record - Lubbock is 3-0-0 when trailing after the first period of play this season.
10 - Goals Scored - Simon Watson and Jimmy Callahan have combined for 10 goals in the last five games.
33 of 34 - Man Advantages - The Cotton Kings penalty kill unit has killed off 33 of 34 man advantages for a 97.1% kill percentage over the last four games.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Nov. 16 vs. Bossier-Shreveport W 3-2 Top Star: LUB - Jimmy Callahan (2 goals)
Nov. 17 @ Oklahoma City OTL(so) 3-4 Top Star: LUB - Simon Watson (2 goals)
Nov. 18 @ Amarillo W (so) 4-3 Top Star: LUB - Trevor Weisgerber (2 goals)
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: TBA Due to Travel and Thanksgiving
Wed. Nov. 22 7:00 pm @ Laredo Bucks Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: It is a battle of Southern Conference division leaders, as the Southwest Division leading Lubbock Cotton Kings head to Laredo to face the Southeast Division leading Laredo Bucks. It will be the first game of four on the season between the two clubs and the first of two in Laredo. The meeting is also the 18th all time meeting between the two teams. Laredo has dominated the all-time series with a 13-1-3 series mark. Lubbock is 4-12-1 all-time against the Bucks. Laredo's Chris Grenville leads the all-time series with 17 points (10g,7a), while Lubbock is led in the series by former King Paul Fioroni, who has registered 10 points (1g,9a) all-time against the Bucks.
Sat. Nov. 24 7:05 pm vs. Amarillo Gorillas Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: It's "Run from the Relatives Night" presented by AMA-TechTel at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, as the Kings host the I-27 rival Amarillo Gorillas. 2,000 Scratch off cards will be given out presented by Fazzoli's. It is the third of 11 meetings on the year, the second of six in Amarillo and the 77th all-time meeting. Lubbock brings in a 42-22-12 all-time series record and Amarillo brings a 34-36-6 all-time series mark. Lubbock leads the season series 2-0-0 and is led by Trevor Wesigerber, who has five points in the series (3g,2a). The Gorillas have four players with 2 points in the series. 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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