Eagles Close Home Schedule with 4-1 Win Over Lubbock
WINDSOR, Colo.- The Colorado Eagles defeated the Lubbock Cotton Kings 4-1 Wednesday night in their final regular season game at the Budweiser Events Center. The Eagles finished their home schedule with their best record in franchise history at 28-4-0. Riley Nelson scored his 40th goal of the season and is now tied with Arizona's Brent Kelly for the lead in the Central Hockey League with two games remaining. Ed McGrane added a goal and an assist and Brad Williamson and Ryan Tobler each added two assists in the Eagles franchise record 45th win of the season. They now hold a three-point lead over the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in the race for the Governors' Cup although the Mudbugs have a game in hand. Colorado (45-16-1) travels to New Mexico and Arizona for their final two games of the season on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Cotton Kings scored on their first shot of the game when Anders Strome wristed a shot past Marco Emond. He was assisted by Simon Watson and Marc Bianchi. The Eagles outshot the Cotton Kings 12-3 in the first period although they were unable to capitalize and trailed 1-0 after one period.
Ed McGrane got the Eagles on the board just 50 seconds into the second period on a power play goal to tie the game at one. He was assisted by Brad Williamson and Ryan Tobler. Colorado took the lead at the 4:08 mark of the second period when Riley Nelson banged in his own rebound for his 40th goal of the season. He is now tied with Arizona's Brent Kelly for the league lead with 40 goals. The Eagles scored their third goal of the period when Seth Leonard split a couple defenders and lifted a forehand over Cotton Kings' goaltender Anthony Feyock. After two periods, the Eagles held a 3-1 lead and were outshooting the Cotton Kings 31-10.
Early in the third period, Eagles captain Greg Pankewicz scored his 20th goal of the season in just his 16th game. Pankewicz now has five points in five games after returning from injury. Colorado held on to the 4-1 lead and finished with 45 shots on goal compared to Lubbock's 17. Colorado was 2-4 on the power play while killing all three of Lubbock's chances. Final Score: Eagles 4 - Cotton Kings 1.
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