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December 5, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release


Injuries, off-ice concerns and a tough schedule combined as the hurdle this past week for the Lubbock Cotton Kings, but they were able to work their way through with a 1-2-0 record on the week, and they remain in first place of the Southwest Division with a 10-6-1 record. Their 61.8% winning percentage is also tops in the Southern Conference. This week the Kings have a trio of games on the docket with a pair of road games involved. The Kings open the week in Odessa on Wednesday with a division tilt against the rival Jackalopes. Lubbock will return home Friday for their only meeting of the season against the Youngstown Steelhounds, before closing the week with a return trip to Odessa Saturday night.


Once again, the Lubbock Cotton Kings will be heading out to area Wal-Mart stores this season to sign autographs and greet fans. The Cotton Kings Autograph Tour presented by Coke and Wal-Mart begins this Thursday, as JF Perras, Kyle Nosan, Jason Beatty, Ross McCain, Chris Barth, and Philippe Lacasse will be at the Wal-Mart located at 4th St. and Frankford from 5-7 PM. The following scheduled appearance will be Thursday, December 28th at the Wal-Mart on South Loop 289. Later dates will be announced closer to the appearance dates. The Kings are scheduled to make an appearance at the Wal-Mart in Leveland in February and will be part of the 82nd St. and Milwaukee Wal-Mart grand opening in late January.


If your looking for a special Christmas gift for your friend or loved one, take a look at the Cotton Kings Entertainment Stocking Stuffer. The Entertainment Pack includes a ticket to Cotton Kings home games on December 26, 29 and 31st, a free round of miniature golf at Lights Out Golf located in South Plains Mall, a free pass to a Lubbock City Museum (Buddy Holly Center / Silent Wings) and a limited edition signed photo of the Cotton Kings captains. All for the price of $40. The Entertainment Pack can be purchased at the Cotton Kings offices and additional info can be found by calling the Kings offices at 747-7825.


Lubbock Cotton Kings rookie forward Simon Watson leads the CHL in "Top Star" votes. The CHL tracks the vote getters of the "top three stars" at the conclusion of each game and awards five points towards #1 stars, three points for #2 stars, and one point for #3 stars. Watson has 26 points this season, as he has been named the #1 star on four occasions and the #2 star on two other occasions.


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 JF Perras. The Embrun, Ontario native went 1-1-0 this week while appearing in all three games. He stopped 26 of 28 shots in a 2-1 loss at Bossier-Shreveport on Friday, relieved Kyle Stanton in the third period Saturday against Colorado and stopped all 14 shots faced, and concluded the week Sunday in Amarillo stopping 38 of 39 shots in a 3-1 victory. His overall numbers for the week included 81 saves on 84 shots faced for a 96.4% save percentage and a 1.29 GAA. During the three games, he posted a pro career best shutout sequence of exactly 78 minutes.


3 - Game Winning Goals - Simon Watson tallied his third game winning goal of the season Sunday against Amarillo and now leads all CHL rookies in the category.

3-0-0 - Record - Lubbock is the only team in the league with a perfect record when trailing after the first period of play, as they are 3-0-0 this season when trailing after 20-minutes of play.

100 - Points - Jimmy Callahan contributed an assist Sunday for his 100th career point.


Dec. 1 @ Bossier-Shreveport L 1-2 Top Star: BOS - Chris Brassard (GW goal)

Dec. 2 vs. Colorado L 2-5 Top Star: COL - Riley Nelson (1g,1a, 2 pts.)

Dec. 3 @ Amarillo W 3-1 Top Star: LUB - Simon Watson (2 goals)


PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Tue: 9:30 - 11AM, Wed: 9 - 10AM, Thur: TBD

Wed. Dec. 6 7:00 pm @ Odessa Jackalopes Radio: *KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: Lubbock continues on the road by making their first trip of the season to Odessa to face the Jackalopes. Odessa leads the season series with a 1-0-1 record (Lubbock is 1-1-0 against the Jacks this season) and leads the all-time series with a record of 47-20-5. Lubbock is 25-42-5 all-time against Odessa and former King Jan Melichercik is the Kings all-time leader against the Jacks with 43 points (16g, 27a). Lubbock's Bobby Brown (2g,3a) and Kyle Nosan (1g,4a) each lead the Kings in this season's series with five points, while Mike Rutter leads the Jackalopes this season against Lubbock with five points (1g,4a). This is the 73rd all-time meeting between the two clubs.

* The broadcast will be a join-in-progress broadcast beginning at an estimated 9:15 PM broadcast.

Fri. Dec. 8 7:05 pm vs. Youngstown Steelhounds Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The Cotton Kings return home to host the Youngstown Steelhounds for the only meeting of the season between the two clubs. Youngstown and Lubbock met three times last season with the Kings claiming a 2-1-0 series record. That stands as the all-time record as well since the 'hounds joined the CHL last season. Former King Jan Melichercik led the series in scoring with 5 points on a goal and four assists, while Scott Barnes led Youngstown in the series with 4 points on two goals and two assists. The Kings are 1-0-0 all-time against Y-town in Lubbock.

Sat. Dec. 9 7:00 pm @ Odessa Jackalopes Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: Lubbock closes out the week at the same location they open week's play, as the Cotton Kings make a return trip to the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa to face the Odessa Jackalopes. This will mark the 74th all-time meeting between the two clubs.

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