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March 24, 2002 - West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) - Colorado Gold Kings News Release

Long Beach, CA - The Colorado Gold Kings wasted a third period lead for the fourth time in less than two weeks in an eventual 4-2 loss to Long Beach before 4,633 Sunday evening at Long Beach Arena.

Long Beach controlled much of the first period and grabbed a 1-0 lead when Tomas Kapusta beat Colorado netminder Mark Gowan five-hole at 7:21. But the Gold Kings rallied late in the period behind a heavy forecheck, and Xavier Majic's tip-in of an Aaron Boh blast from the point tied the game at 1-1 with 2:53 left in the period. Less than two minutes later, Chad Cabana redirected a centering pass from Dwayne Blais past Ice Dogs' goaltender Marten Engren for his first goal since February 19th and a 2-1 advantage after one.

Following a scoreless second period, the Ice Dogs, who finished with a 34-18 edge in shots, finally scored the equalizer as Chris George beat Gowan at 8:33. With only 3:05 left in regulation, Chris Kenady buried the eventual game-winner from the top of the left circle. John Lilley registered an empty-netter at 19:38 to account for the final score of 4-2 as the Gold Kings dropped to 1-5-2 this year against Long Beach, who has won four straight and 15 of its last 17. Despite 30 saves, Gowan dropped to 0-4 between the pipes for Colorado after going 20-8-4 last season as a rookie.

The Gold Kings, now winless in their last six games (0-5-1) and 35-24-7 overall, continue their road trip Tuesday night at Bakersfield's Centennial Garden. Colorado has not won since blowing a 3-0 lead with under 12 minutes to play at home against Bakersfield on March 13th. Tuesday's game time against the Condors (27-35-5) is set for 8:05 p.m. MST. 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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