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Gorillas Clinch Playoff Spot with 1-0 Shutout Win over Kings

March 26, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

Amarillo, TX - A year after the Lubbock Cotton Kings closed the regular season with a 1-0 shutout win over the Amarillo Gorillas to clinch the Southwest Division, the Gorillas returned the favor, gaining a playoff birth on the final day of the regular season Sunday night with a 1-0 win over the Lubbock Cotton Kings at the Cal Farley Amarillo. Shawn Degagne earned the shutout in net, stopping all 33 shots fired by the Kings and out dueling Lubbock's Brett Koscielny, who registered a franchise best 56 saves.

On a delayed penalty, Amarillo opened the scoring with a six-on-five even strength goal as Scott Wray flipped a loose puck in the left slot over Kings goaltender Brett Koscielny. The goal came with 6:28 remaining in a very active first period with a lot of hits and a lot of offensive chances. Teams combined for 31 shots on goal in the period, with Amarillo grabbing 18 of them.

The teams would end up combining for 90 shots on goal in the game, with Wray standing as the only player putting the puck into the back of the net. The loss closes out the Kings record at 27-31-6. Power plays were at a minimum, as Lubbock went 0 for 1 and Amarillo was 0 for 3.

With regular season action complete, the Southern Conference playoff picture is set. First round action in the South will have Laredo (1) face Rio Grande Valley (4) and Odessa (2) will have their opening round best-of-seven series with Amarillo (3).

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