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Degagne Grabs Shutout over Powerless Kings

February 26, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

Lubbock, TX - Amarillo Gorillas goaltender Shawn Degagne stopped all 41 shots on goal and the Gorillas penalty kill stopped all 14 Lubbock Cotton Kings power play opportunities to shutout the Kings 4-0 in a zany Sunday affair as part of the Interstate Batteries I-27 Series at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The loss drops their overall record to 21-26-3 and places them 10 standing-points behind Rio Grande Valley (winners over Corpus Christi) for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference.

Amarillo had to be very fortunate to be in the locker room with the game scoreless after the opening period. Lubbock kept Amarillo from firing a shot on goal for the first 3:37 and wound up out-shooting them 18-3 in the period. Shawn Degagne was able to stop all 18 shots fired in the frame and helped prevent the Kings from getting a power play goals in their four opportunities in the period.

The second period had to be one of the most bizarre periods in hockey. Teams combined for 11 power play chances in the period, with Lubbock receiving 8 of the opportunities. Lubbock out-shot the Gorillas 17-10 in the period as well, but the Gorillas scored a pair of shorthanded goals 3:34 apart for a 2-0 lead. Joe Guenther started it off with a redirection 2:13 into the period just as a power play session was starting from 4-on-4 play. Dave Rattray tallied the second on a shorthanded breakaway with a wrist shot past Brett Koscielny.

The Gorillas were awarded several power play opportunities in the final period and they cashed in on a pair of them. Kevin Wilson built the lead to 3-0 with a power play marker 2:48 into the period with a shot from the point that slipped under Koscielny. Dan Donnette tossed in the dagger with a power play goal from the left slot with 2:12 remaining. Lubbock appeared to break the shutout with a goal by Josh Anderson in the closing moments, but official Tudor Floru ruled the puck never went in and that it deflected off the post. Floru never confirmed his decision with the goal judge, who had turned the red line on, and the shutout stood.

Degagne's shutout is his second of the season and his 11th of his pro career. The win ended his four-game winless streak to the Kings. Koscielny allowed four goals on 19 shots in his first appearance since January 21st. He was activated off the IR prior to the game. Lubbock's 14 power play opportunities set a new franchise high. Amarillo was 2 for 7 on their man advantages.

Lubbock heads to Fort Worth Tuesday with a battle against the Fort Worth Brahmas at the historic Will Rogers Coliseum.

DATE Sat, Feb 25, 2006 Amarillo (1) Lubbock (2)

SCORE BY PERIODS Amarillo 0 0 1 -- 1 Lubbock 0 1 1 -- 2

FIRST PERIOD -- Penalties: Shannon, AMA (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 3:07. Anderson, LUB (Holding, Minor, 2 min) 4:35. Moren, LUB (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 6:48. DeSantis, AMA (Holding Stick, Minor, 2 min) 7:34. Rowe, AMA (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 15:05. Brolsma, LUB (Holding, Minor, 2 min) 18:04. Brown, LUB (Cross Checking, Minor, 2 min) 18:49. Hahn, AMA (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 19:52.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: LUB-Foster (Moren, Brolsma) 3:05. Penalties: Donnette, AMA (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 5:26. Fioroni, LUB (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 9:12. Shannon, AMA (Cross Checking, Minor, 2 min) 9:12. Hansen, AMA (Holding, Minor, 2 min) 11:26. Fioroni, LUB (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 13:13. Foster, LUB (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 15:55.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: LUB-Brown (Nosan) 4:40. AMA-Rattray (Hughes, Wray) 17:00.

SHOTS ON GOAL Amarillo 4 7 11 -- 22 Lubbock 12 10 7 -- 29

POWER PLAY STATS PPG ADV SHG Amarillo 0 6 0 Lubbock 0 6 0

GOALIES AWAY TEAM D MIN S SV Shawn Degagne LOSS 59:01 29 27 HOME TEAM D MIN S SV Lance Leslie WIN 60:00 22 21

GAMENOTES Referee: Kevin Mallin Linesman: Moe LeBlanc, Chris Libett Game Length: 2:39 1st Star: Bobby Brown (LUB) 2nd Star: Lance Leslie (LUB) 3rd Star: Scott Wray (AMA)

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