Cotton Kings Weekly
KINGS "GRANDE" SWEEP HAS THEM A POINT OUT OF FIRST
The Lubbock Cotton Kings won two out of their three scheduled games last week, completing the weekend sweeping the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 4-2 (Friday in Lubbock) 6-5 (Saturday in Hidalgo). The sweep not only extended the Kings winning streak to two and closed the season series record at 2-0-0 with Rio Grande Valley, but it also keeps the Kings flawless against Southeast Division teams (3-0-0) and places them one standing-point out of first place Amarillo in the Southwest Division entering the week. Lubbock faces their first three-in-three weekend this week, as they make their first ever trip to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico Thursday to face the New Mexico Scorpions before coming home to host the Amarillo Gorillas Friday and the inaugural Rocky Mountain Rage Saturday for Veteran's Day.
FULL STEAM INTO NOVEMBER
The Kings closed out October with a record of 2-2-0 and has rolled into November with a 2-0-0 start. For November, the Kings have 10 games on the docket, split between five home and road games. Only four of the ten games during the month are against divisional competition, with three of them scheduled against Amarillo. Non-division opponents during the month include Bossier-Shreveport, Laredo, Oklahoma City, Rocky Mountain and the recently played Rio Grande Valley.
Record for the month: 2-2-0
Leading Scorer: Bobby Brown 8pts (5g,3a) Leading Defenseman: Stacey
Bauman 4pts (1g,3a)
PP%: 7/32 21.9% PK% 25/31 80.6%
SGT. SLAUGHTER AT THE KINGDOM SATURDAY
Former professional wrestler and G.I. Joe character Sgt. Slaughter will be at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum Saturday night while the Cotton Kings host the Rocky Mountain Rage as part of Veteran's Day at the Kingdom presented by City Bank. Slaughter will interact with the crowd during the game, participate in some intermission contests and will take pictures and sign autographs. This will be Sgt. Slaughter's first visit to a Cotton Kings game.
Three-in-three weekends (three games in three consecutive nights) are a common theme in minor pro hockey and it will be a theme to the Kings season as the Kings schedule contains 13 three-in-three sets. Lubbock had a low of seven on their slate last season. This week opens the first three-in-three of the season, when the Kings play in New Mexico Thursday followed by home contests Friday (Amarillo) and Saturday (Rocky Mountain). Last season, Lubbock went 8-11-2 in three-in-three sets.
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 Waterloo, Ontario native registered a team leading six points on the three-game week with two goals and four assists. All six points came against Rio Grande Valley, as he had a goal and an assist Friday and then a four-point performance with a goal and three assists Saturday. Watson now leads the Kings overall with 4 goals and 5 assists for 9 points.
THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"
2-0-0 - Record - When trailing after the first period of play, the Cotton Kings are 2-0-0.
4.17 - Goals Per Game - Lubbock leads the Southern Conference in goals per game with an average of 4.17 per game, which ranks second overall in the CHL.
12 - Second Period Goals - The Kings co-lead the CHL with 12 goals tallied in the second period of play this season. The four goals in the second period Saturday co-leads the CHL individual game high for the season.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: TUE: 9:30 - 11 AM WED: 9:00 - 10:30 AM (Team Departs for NMX following practice)
Thu. Nov. 9 8:35 am @ New Mexico Scorpions
Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Cotton Kings begin a three-in-three weekend and renew their rivalry with the New Mexico Scorpions in a Southwest Division clash. The game will be the first of eight match-ups on the season between the two teams and the first of four at the Santa Ana Star Center. The two teams have not met since the 04/05 season and this match-up will be the 58th all-time meeting. Lubbock holds a 28-21-8 all-time record against the Scorps with former King Jan Melichercik leading the all-time series with 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points, while New Mexico barely holds the season advantage with a 29-20-8 mark. Former Scorpion Peter Ambroziak leads the series offensively with 59 points (20g,39a).
Fri. Nov. 10 7:05 pm vs. Amarillo Gorillas
Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: Lubbock returns home for the first I-27 rivalry battle of the season. It is "Hard Hat Night" presented by AT&T Yellowpages and the first 2,500 fans will receive noise clickers compliments of McDougal. It is the first of 11 meetings on the year, the first of six in Lubbock and the 75th all-time meeting. Lubbock brings in a 40-22-12 all-time series record and Amarillo brings a 34-35-5 all-time series mark. 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.
Sat. Nov. 11 7:05 pm vs. Rocky Mountain Rage
Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Cotton Kings will wear special commemorative camouflage jerseys for Veteran's Day while welcoming Sgt. Slaughter and the inaugural Broomfield, Colorado based Rocky Mountain Rage. The Rage are coached by former Cotton Kings Head Coach and player Tracy Egeland, and their roster features former Kings Matic Kralj and Anders Strome. This will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs, the first of three meetings during the season and the only meeting in Lubbock.
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