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January 2, 2007 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

COMEBACK WIN HELPS KINGS SPLIT WEEK CLOSING OUT 2006

The Lubbock Cotton Kings opened the week with a 3-0 win over the Odessa Jackalopes on Tuesday and closed the week and the calendar year with a 2-1 comeback win in overtime over the Jackalopes to split the week with a 2-2-0 record. The losses in between included a 3-1 home loss Friday to Corpus Christi and a 5-2 loss Saturday at Bossier-Shreveport. Lubbock enters the week with a 13-13-2 record and tied for second place in the Southwest Division, sitting a standing-point behind first place Arizona. This week, the Kings have two games on the docket, with a trip to Austin to face the Ice Bats on Thursday and a home game Saturday against the Odessa Jackalopes.

A NEW YEAR, A NEW MONTH

After a strong November, the Cotton Kings were looking for an optimistic December, but things did not pan out that way. Injuries, medical conditions and a lack of offense turned out to be huge factors dealt to the Kings during the month and they completed the month with a 4-9-1 record. In January, Lubbock has ten games schedules split with five home and five road games. Of the ten games scheduled, only four division contests are scheduled, with a pair of games against Arizona and Odessa. Non-division contests see the Cotton Kings host Corpus Christi, Tulsa and Wichita, and will see the Kings travel to Austin, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

December numbers:

Record for the month: 4-9-1

Leading Scorer: Simon Watson (6g,2a) 8 pts.

Leading Defenseman: Craig Minard 7 pts (2g,5a)

PP%: 9/87 10.3% PK% 84/94 89.4%

LANCE LESLIE LEADS OFF A PAIR OF PLAYER TRIBUTE NIGHTS

This Saturday night is "Lance Leslie Night," as the Cotton Kings pay tribute to the former goaltender. Lance Leslie will be in attendance signing autographs, and the first 1,500 kids 12 and under will receive Youth Replica Jerseys compliments of McDonald's. S&S Dirt is the game night sponsor and the Kings will also wear stripped alternative jerseys, which will be auctioned off after the game. Leslie closed his 12-year pro career at the conclusion of last season, bringing an end to Lubbock's most storied goaltender in franchise history. The Dawson Creek, BC native played in his final game on March 25th at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum and the game was his 300th appearance in a CHL/WPHL game, marking him as the third goalie ever to accomplish the feat behind Rod Branch (388) and Tony Martino (321). Leslie's career concluded with a 241-173-54 record and a 3.15 GAA with a 90.1% save percentage and 17 shutouts in 496 games. His Cotton Kings numbers included an 81-53-17 record, a 2.74 GAA, 91.1% save percentage and 7 shutouts in 160 games.

The Cotton Kings will also have a "Paul Fioroni Night" February 3rd against the New Mexico Scorpions. Additional info will be announced closer to the date detailing the event.

PENALTY SHOTS

Penalty shots are rare in the sport of hockey, but not for the Lubbock Cotton Kings this season. There have been seasons in the past in which the Kings never saw a penalty shot attempted, but this season, the Kings have been a part of a team record 7. There is no true official stat kept on file concerning penalty shots, but there is research underway to uncover what the CHL single season record might be for penalty shots. Last season, the Oklahoma City Blazers set a franchise high with seven penalty shot attempts.

THE KILLERS

Lubbock's penalty kill in the month of December finished at 89.4% and it improved their overall penalty kill percentage to 88.2%, which ranks third in the CHL. Their home penalty kill percentage leads the CHL at 91.3% and they have only allowed 9 power play goals at home this season. Lubbock's PK group is 20 for 20 over the last three home games and they went 46 for 48 (95.8%) in December on home ice.

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 J.F. Perras. The Embrun, Ontario native had an outstanding week in net for the Kings. He posted a 2-1-0 record in three games played and stopped 93 of 96 shots for a 96.9% save percentage. He allowed just three goals on the week and shutout the Odessa Jackalopes on Tuesday. The shutout was his second consecutive home shutout at the time. Perras currently ranks third in the CHL with a 2.36 GAA and with a 93.2% save percentage.

THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"

2 - Empty Net Goals - Lubbock had not surrendered an empty net goal this season until giving up empty net goals Friday against Corpus Christi and Saturday against Bossier-Shreveport.

31 - Goals Allowed - Lubbock ranks second in the league in goals allowed at home with an allowance of 31 goals this season on home ice.

168:16 - Shutout Sequence - Cotton Kings goaltender J.F. Perras had back-to-back home shutouts and combined for 168:16 of shutout hockey on home ice.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Dec. 26 vs. Odessa W 3-0

Top Star: LUB - Jimmy Callahan (2G,1a, 3 pts)

Dec. 29 vs. Corpus Christi L 3-1

Top Star: CRP - Ron Vogel (38 saves)

Dec. 30 @ Bossier-Shreveport L 2-5

Top Star: BOS - Karlis Zirnis (1g,1a, 2pts.)

Dec. 31 vs. Odessa W 2-1

Top Star: LUB - Kyle Nosan (OT GW Goal)

WEEK AHEAD

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Wed: 8 - 9:30 AM... DEPART FOR AUSTIN AT 10 AM

Thur. Jan. 4 7:30 pm @ Austin Ice Bats

Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: None

Notes: The Cotton Kings start the week on the road with their second trip to the Chaparral Ice Center to battle the Austin Ice Bats. Austin continues to be coached by former Cotton Kings Head Coach Bill McDonald. Lubbock won the prior meeting this season 4-2 on October 27th, with Bobby Brown netting a pair of goals. This meeting marks the 24th time all-time and holds a 11-8-4 all-time record against the Bats, while Austin holds a 12-9-2 series advantage. The all-time leading scorer in the series is former Austin forward Dan Price, who has 22 points (9g,13a), while Lubbock's all-time leader is former King Jan Melichercik, who had 5 goals and 15 assists for 20 points in 19 games.

Sat. Jan. 6 7:05 pm vs. Odessa Jackalopes

Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: It is "Lance Leslie Night" as the Odessa Jackalopes and Lubbock Cotton Kings face off for the fourth time in Lubbock this season and for the 77th meeting all-time. Odessa, who owns the all-time regular season series with a 49-22-5 record, is 3-2-1 this season against the Kings. Lubbock is 27-44-5 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,5a), leads the Kings in this season's series with seven points, while Mike Rutter (2g,7a) and Steve Shrum (4g,5a) each lead the Jackalopes this season against Lubbock with nine points.

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