Four Unanswered Leads Scorpions Past Cotton Kings 4-2
Rio Rancho, NM - Lubbock Cotton Kings forward Kyle Nosan scored a pair of goals, but it wasn't enough, as the New Mexico Scorpions registered four unanswered goals to defeat the Lubbock Cotton Kings 4-2 at Santa Ana Star Center. The Kings drop to 4-3-0 with the loss and their winning streak ends at two games.
Nosan opened the scoring early, lighting the lamp 1:46 into the contest. The Kings extended their lead to 2-0 at the close of the period, as Nosan picked up his second goal of the game by converting on an odd-man rush with an assist from Bobby Brown with 46 seconds remaining in the period. Unfortunately for the Kings, their offense would end there.
New Mexico changed goaltenders in the start of the second period by replacing Walter Bartholomaeus with Brad Smith. The change led to motivation for the Scorpions, who bounced back and tallied a pair of goals to tie the game 2-2. Bob Kukulka put the Scorps' on the board 7:46 into the period with his first goal of the season and Ryan Macleod converted on a shorthanded breakaway, extending his goal scoring streak to six games, 3:44 later. The Cotton Kings were held scoreless in the second period for the first time this season.
The Scorpions took the lead 8:12 into the third period with a goal by Aaron MacInnis, who put the puck past JF Perras for a 3-2 advantage. Lubbock's shot at coming back ended with 1:24 remaining, as a puck sent around the boards took a wild bounce off a partition and landed onto the stick of Christopher Robertson, who put the puck into the back of the net to close the game's scoring.
Each team was scoreless on the power play, with Lubbock going 0 for 4 and New Mexico going 0 for 2. It is the first game this season the Kings have not scored and allowed a power play goal in a game. Smith earned the win in net stopping all 19 shots on goal, while Perras suffered the loss allowing 4 goals on 31 shots. The Kings out-shot the Scorpions 33-31 in the loss.
Lubbock does not lose any ground in the Southwest Division with the loss, and remains tied for second place in the division. They are still able to grab at least a share of first place with a regulation win Friday night, as they host the I-27 rival Amarillo Gorillas at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum at 7:05 PM.
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