Eagles Eliminate Kings Playoff Hopes with 4-1 Win
Loveland, CO - The powerful Colorado Eagle combined for four unanswered goals to power past the Lubbock Cotton Kings 4-1 Wednesday night in front of a sold out Budweiser Events Center (5,289), closing out their home record at a franchise best 28-4-0 mark and they collected their franchise high 46th win of the season. As for the Kings, the loss places their record at 23-31-8 and eliminates them from playoff contention.
The ice was tilted in the opening period with Colorado controlling the tempo and out-shooting the Kings 12-3 in the frame, but it was the Kings who took the opening lead. Marc Bianchi stole a drop pass and fed a lead pass to Simon Watson, who dropped a pass to a wide open Anders Strome atop the left circle. Strome blasted a shot from the circle past Eagles goaltender Marco Emond 3:52 into the game for the 1-0 lead. Kings goaltender Anthony Feyock was adventurous, but solid in net denying several Eagles rushes. Of the 12 shots he stopped in the period, seven were shots from the slots.
The Eagles found the net in the second period and produced a trio of goals in the period, including a pair of power play goals. Ed McGrane tied the game at 1-1 50-seconds into the period with a power play goal and Riley Nelson quickly gave the Eagles the lead 2-1 3:18 later on the man advantage for his 40th goal of the season. The Eagles grabbed their first even strength goal with 8:11 remaining in the period with Seth Leonard streaking past the Kings defense and lifting a shot past Feyock for the 3-1 advantage. Colorado continued their shots on goal domination in the game, out-shooting the Kings 19-7 in the period.
Colorado prevented any thoughts of a Lubbock comeback with a goal by Greg Pankewicz 1:15 into the period on a busted breakout out of the Lubbock zone by the Kings, which resulted in the puck coming to a wide open Pankewicz. The Eagles out-shot the Kings 14-7 in the period and 45-17 in the game. The 17 shots by the Kings is a franchise low.
The 17 shots faced for Emond led to a slow night and he stopped 16 of them for the win. Feyock on the other hand was busy in his end and stopped 41 of 45 shots and suffered his first pro loss. Colorado, the top power play unit in the CHL, went 2 for 4 on the power play against the Kings in the contest. The Eagles penalty kill also held the Kings to 0 for 3 on the night and 0 for 17 in the season series.
Lubbock will play their final road game Friday in Odessa before concluding the regular season Saturday hosting Amarillo at the City Bank Coliseum.
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