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Four Goal First Leads Gorillas Past Kings

March 4, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

Lubbock, Tx - The Lubbock Cotton Kings were unable to overcome the Amarillo Gorillas four first-period goals and fell 5-3 to their I-27 rivals Saturday night at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The Kings are now winless in their last three home games and their record drops to 22-27-4 overall. Lubbock remains nine-standing points out of the final playoff spot with 11 games remaining.

In the last two meetings between the two clubs, Amarillo totaled just 19 and 22 shots on goal in the entire game. The Gorillas came out strong in the opening period in this contest and fired 18 shots in the first period alone. Of those 18 shots on goal, they were able to get four into the back of the net. Not before Lubbock opened the scoring with a goal by Matt Macdonald 6:54 into the contest. Amarillo started their first period scoring barrage 1:04 later with a power play tally by Joe Guenther to tie the game at 1-1. The Gorillas obtained the lead with 8:47 remaining in the period with a goal by Dan Donnette, who jousted the puck free from goaltender Brad Buss and into the net. 5:21 later, Scott Wray grabbed his first of two first period goals. His second came with 31-seconds remaining in the period for a 4-1 advantage.

Lubbock made the much needed adjustments during the intermission to get back into the contest. They responded defensively by limiting the Gorillas to just four shots on goal and responded offensively with a pair of power play goals by Bobby Brown. The first for Brown came 6:43 into the period, as he redirected Macdonald's shot from the point past goaltender Jaime Vandespyker. His second goal cut the deficit to 4-3 with 6:42 remaining in the period, as he tipped a loose puck in the crease past Vandespyker.

The Cotton Kings comeback hopes faded late in the third period when Derek Hahn ended a span of nine consecutive games without a goal with a two-on-one conversion with 6:51 remaining to give the Gorillas a 5-3 lead. The goal was the only goal allowed by Brett Koscielny, who replaced Buss to start the second period. Koscielny faced 13 shots during his time between the pipes.

Buss was the goaltender on record for the Kings and takes the loss in net, allowing 4 goals on 18 shots in the opening period. Vandespyker gained the victory to extend his winning streak against the Kings to four games and he stopped 30 of 33 shots for the win. Each team helped their power play percentages in the game, as Lubbock was 2 for 4 on the power play and Amarillo went 1 for 3. Amarillo has now won five of the last six meetings in the Interstate Batteries I-27 Series and now leads the series with a 6-4-1 record over Lubbock's 5-4-2 series record.

Lubbock remains home and will host the Fort Worth Brahmas Wednesday at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

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