Cotton Kings Weekly Notes
WEEK ONE IN THE BOOKS
The Lubbock Cotton Kings completed their first weekend of three-in-three play with Craig Janney behind the bench, and they unfortunately went 0-2-1. They will seek their first win under Janney this week with yet another set of three games in three nights, including the start of a span of 8 games in 10 days. This week's action begins Friday, as the Lubbock Cotton Kings host the Oklahoma City Blazers before embarking a home-and-home series with the Amarillo Gorillas that begins at home Saturday and concludes Sunday evening at Amarillo. Lubbock is nine standing points behind the Austin Ice Bats for the final playoff spot with one game-in-hand over Austin.
JUNIOR KINGS HOST AMARILLO
The Lubbock Youth Ice Hockey Association will host Amarillo's youth ice hockey programs this weekend for a series of contests. The Jr. Kings 10-and-under team will play Saturday at 7am and 2:15pm, and on Sunday at 9:15am and at noon. Lubbock's 13-and-under team will play Saturday at 8:15am and at 3:30pm, and then on Sunday at 8am and at 10:30am. All games are free to the public and are played at City Bank Coliseum. Several players will also compete during a shootout in the first intermission of Saturday night's Cotton Kings game against the Amarillo Gorillas, and many players will skate with Cotton Kings players prior to the game during player introductions.
DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE
This weekend's home-and-home series with the Amarillo Gorillas is not only Cotton Kings Head Coach Craig Janney's introduction to the I-27 Series, but it is also a reuniting of Janney and Gorillas Head Coach Jim Wiley. In 1995/96, Wiley was the Head Coach of the NHL's San Jose Sharks and Janney was a player for the Sharks that season. The Sharks eventually traded Janney to Winnipeg for Darren Turcotte and a second round draft pick.
TEXAS LOTTO NIGHT
Friday night is "Texas Lottery Night" at City Bank Coliseum, as the Kings host the Oklahoma City Blazers at 7:05 PM. Fans will have the opportunity to receive a free Texas Lottery scratch-off ticket, which could lead to a valuable prize. The Texas Lottery Commission reminds fans that the Texas Lottery supports Texas education, so play the games of Texas from the Texas Lottery because next time, "it could be you!"
GET ON THE BUS
No muss... no fuss... Just a fun trip on a bus. The Cotton Kings are going to have fan busses taking fans to and from road games on two upcoming road games. The cost is $30 per person and includes transportation to and from the game, a ticket to the game and soft drinks and snacks will be provided for the trip. Please contact Sherhonda Ginn to make reservations. Seating is limited to 45 people. The games are as follows:
Mar 9 to Odessa (Friday) RSVP by Mar 6 Departs from City Bank Coliseum at 4:00 pm
Mar 23 to Odessa (Friday) RSVP by Mar 20 Departs from City Bank Coliseum at 4:00 pm
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 young forward Patrick Levesque. The Trois Rivieres, Quebec native produced four points in the three games last weekend with a goal and three assists. He produced his first goal as a King on Saturday against Laredo and ended the game as the #3 Dog (top three stars) of the game with a goal and an assist. Levesque, whose father serves as the Mayor of his hometown, closed the week with 2 assists at New Mexico.
THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"
1st - Shot - In the past two games, the Cotton Kings have surrendered a goal in the opening minute of the game off the opponent's first shot on goal of the game.
22.9 - Penalty Minutes - Lubbock averages 22.9 penalty minutes per game, which is the lowest amount in the CHL's Southwest Division.
10 - Consecutive Games - The Cotton Kings have been out-shot ten consecutive games, which is all the games in February. The team is being out-shot by an average of 40.9 to 27.1 over the stretch.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Feb. 16 @ Laredo L 0-4 Top Star: LAR - Jeff Bes (1g,1a, 2 pts.)
Feb. 17 vs. Laredo OTL (ot) 5-4 Top Star: LAR - Don Margettie (3g,1a, 4 pts.)
Feb. 10 @ New Mexico L 3-5 Top Star: NMX - Lance Herauf (2 goals)
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: N/A
Fri. Feb. 23 7:05 pm vs. Oklahoma City Blazers Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: Lubbock and Oklahoma City meet three times this season and this is the third and final meeting of the series, and the only meeting in Lubbock. OKC has had Kings number all-time, winning 10 of the 14 all-time meetings. This season's series is all tied at 1-0-1, with each team garnering victories in a shootout. The Kings won the previous meeting 6-5, rebounding from a 4-0 second period deficit to gain the win on February 6th. Simon Watson leads the Kings this season in the series with 4 goals and 2 assists for 6 points, and Mike Burgoyne has 4 assists to lead the Blazers. 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 11 assists for 14 points.
Sat. Feb. 24 7:05 pm vs. Amarillo Gorillas Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The I-27 Series reignites this weekend, with Amarillo making a stop in Lubbock Saturday night. It is the eighth of 11 meetings on the year, the fifth of six in Lubbock and the 82nd all-time meeting. Lubbock brings in a 44-25-12 all-time series record and Amarillo brings a 37-38-6 all-time series mark. Lubbock leads the season series 4-3-0, but they have dropped three consecutive games to the Gorillas. The Kings are led by Kyle Nosan (3g,5a) and Simon Watson (3g,5a), who each have 8 points in the series. The Gorillas are led by Bill Vandermeer, who has 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 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.
Sun. Feb. 25 5:00 pm @ Amarillo Gorillas Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Kings close the weekend by closing out a home-and-home series with Amarillo in Amarillo for the ninth (of 11) meeting of the season against Amarillo, and the fourth of five at the Cal Farley Coliseum. Lubbock is 6-1-1 this season when playing on the third night of a three-in-three set.
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