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GOLD KINGS ADD BOWTELL AFTER DISMAL WEEK

March 19, 2002 - West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) - Colorado Gold Kings News Release

Colorado Springs, CO - The Colorado Gold Kings have signed winger Cody Bowtell for the stretch run of the 2001-02 season.

The 27-year-old Bowtell joins a club that has been struggling, as Colorado has lost three in a row for the first time since December 11th and five of its last seven. Bowtell, listed at 5-11 and 188 pounds, played in Switzerland for the bulk of this season after splitting time in the AHL and ECHL last year. He scored 28 goals and assisted on 28 others with Mississippi last year under Al Pedersen, formerly of the Sea Wolves and the current coach of the Gold Kings. Bowtell played four seasons in Mississippi and one full campaign in the AHL with Lowell Lock, where he had 13 goals and 13 assists for the Monsters in 1999-2000. He graduated from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 1997 after accumulating 124 points (55 goals-69 assists) in 135 games with the Nanooks.

"I know Cody from Mississippi and I'm confident he'll give us the boost that we sorely need right now. He's an accomplished player at the next level," said Pedersen.

The Gold Kings endured a 1-3 record over a four-games-in-five-nights stretch last week. Craig Lyons had a goal and two assists as Colorado rolled to a 4-2 win at home over Bakersfield on Tuesday, but his two goals were wasted a night later as the Gold Kings blew a 3-0 lead with less than 12 minutes remaining in the third period of an eventual 4-3 loss to the Condors. Colorado took a 2-1 lead into the final period Friday at San Diego, but surrendered by a score of 4-2 while being outshot 50-19. Goaltender Kirk Daubenspeck's season-high 46 saves were not enough for the Gold Kings, who lost a second straight game when leading after two periods after not having been beaten in that situation all year. Daubenspeck again shined the following night, finishing with 32 saves, but Colorado mustered only 24 shots in its fourth shutout defeat of the season, 3-0 at the hands of the Gulls.

Zac Boyer (third with 82 points), R.J. Enga (fourth at 81 points, second with 43 goals) and Lyons (tied for sixth with 67 points) all remain high on the WCHL scoring chart. Their teammate, Colin Chaulk, remains in the AHL with Grand Rapids but his 62 points on 19 goals and 43 assists is still good enough for ninth in the league. The Griffins are expected to return Chaulk to the Gold Kings within the next week to 10 days.

The Gold Kings (35-22-6) face another tough week on the road, beginning Wednesday night in Boise against the first-place Idaho Steelheads at 7:05 p.m. MST. The trip continues Saturday night at 8:05 p.m. MST and Sunday afternoon at 5:05 p.m. MST with games against the Long Beach Ice Dogs, who had their 11-game winning streak snapped over the weekend. Jack Michaels calls the play-by-play for Colorado's games, all of which are broadcast live on KKCS-AM Hot Talk 1460.

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