Cotton Kings Weekly Notes
The Central Hockey League's Southwest Division is the largest division in the league with five teams in the division, and it is currently the tightest division in the league. Three standing-points separates the last place teams from the first place teams. Lubbock and Arizona are currently tied atop the division with identical records of 10-9-1. The Kings have struggled recently, dropping six of their last eight games while trying to get through injuries and offensive woes. Lubbock lost all three games last week and have lost three straight for the first time this season. This week, the Cotton Kings head into battle against a couple of Southeast Division opponents. Lubbock begins the week Friday in Corpus Christi with a tilt against the Corpus Christi Rayz before closing the week at home Saturday against the Laredo Bucks.
HEAD TO FRONTIER DODGE TO SIGN UP FOR THE CHL ALL-STAR CONTEST
The CHL has announce a partnership with Dodge for a very special contest involving this year's Central Hockey League All Star Game, giving one lucky CHL fan the full use of a 2007 Dodge Magnum for a year with an opportunity to win the car outright during the 2007 CHL All-Star Game, scheduled for Wednesday, January 17th at the CenturyTel Center. Participants can submit their entry at their local Dodge Dealership or mail a completed entry form to the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs to be eligible to win.
17 third place prizes (one in each of the CHL's 17 markets) of a local team jersey will be awarded. Of those 17 winners, four lucky participants (representing each of the CHL's four divisions) will receive airfare, accommodations and tickets for themselves and a guest to the 2007 CHL All-Star Game. Those four finalists will compete for the Grand Prize, the use of a Dodge Magnum for a year, and a chance to win the car outright.
Entries must received by close of business on Thursday, December 21st at each Dodge dealership or at the Mudbugs offices. Frontier Dodge is Lubbock's participating Dodge dealer where fans can sign up or they can pick up an entry at Frontier Dodge and personally mail it to the 'Bugs offices at 2000 CenturyTel Center Drive, Bossier City, LA 71112. Frontier Dodge is located at Spur 327 and Frankford.
TOYS FOR TOTS
The Lubbock Cotton Kings have once again teamed up with the United States Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program during the holiday season. The Kings are encouraging fans to bring toys on December 16th and December 23rd game dates to be donated to unprivileged children. Individuals bringing donations will receive a free game program. It is encouraged to drop toys in specially marked Toys for Tots barrels inside the coliseum, unless the toys are plush. Plush items (stuffed animals) should be thrown onto the ice after the Kings score their first goal.
COTTON KINGS STOCKING STUFFERS
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.
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 JF Perras. The Embrun, Ontario native receives the honor for the second consecutive week. Perras appeared in Lubbock's 2-1 loss in Odessa Wednesday night and stopped 33 of 35 shots in the loss. The first goal he allowed in the game ended a shutout sequence of 71:46. That followed a shutout sequence of 78:00, which means he allowed one goal over a span of 149:46.
THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"
6 - Games - Lubbock has played six games in December and only once have they scored at least three goals... 3-1 win on December 3rd for their only win thus far this month.
77:39 - Scoreless Sequence - Lubbock has not scored a goal in their last 77-minutes and 39-seconds of hockey, which is the second longest this season, behind the mark of 80:07 which was ended on their last goal. That equals one goal over the last 157:46.
90 - Penalty Minutes - The Kings were whistled for a humiliating season high 90 penalty minutes Saturday night in Odessa. To contrast that to last season, the Kings season high last season was 52 minutes.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Dec. 6 @ Odessa L 1-2 Top Star: ODE - Mike Gorman (38 saves)
Dec. 8 vs. Youngstown L 2-5 Top Star: YNG - Brad Roberts (34 saves)
Dec. 9 @ Odessa L 0-6 Top Star: ODE - Derek Dolson (36 saves, SO)
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Tue - Wed: 9:30 - 11AM,
Fri. Dec. 15 7:05 pm @ Corpus Christi Rayz Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Cotton Kings make their only trip to the American Bank Center of the season as they open up the season series with the Corpus Christi Rayz. It will be the 18th all-time meeting and the first of three contests on the season against the Rayz. Lubbock went 3-1-0 against the Rayz last season, winning both games played in Corpus Christi in overtime. Kyle Nosan led returning Kings last season with 3 assists. The all-time series is led by Lubbock with a dominate 14-2-1 record against Corpus Christi's 3-11-3 mark in the series. Former Kings forward Jan Melichercik leads the all-time series with 15 points (5g,10a), while the Rayz all-time series leader is former Corpus Christi member Geoff Bumstead, who had 6 assists.
Sat. Dec. 16 7:05 pm vs. Laredo Bucks Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: It will be "Buck-and-a-half Beer Night" at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum Saturday as the Kings host the Laredo Bucks. Semania Media is the game sponsor, and it will also be "Cow Bell Night" sponsored by Chick-fil-a, as cow bells will be given to the first 1,500 fans through the door. It will be the second game of four on the season between the two clubs and the first of two in Lubbock. Laredo leads the season series with a 1-0-0 mark after defeating the Kings 5-1 on November 22nd. The meeting is also the 19th all time meeting between the two teams. Laredo has dominated the all-time series with a 14-1-3 series mark. Lubbock is 4-13-1 all-time against the Bucks. Laredo's Jeff Bes leads the all-time series with 18 points (4g,14a), while Lubbock is led in the series by former King Paul Fioroni, who has registered 10 points (1g,9a) all-time against the Bucks.
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