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Gorillas Get Past Another Kings Rally, Top Kings 3-2 in OT

March 19, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

Lubbock, TX - For a second consecutive game in as many nights, the Lubbock Cotton Kings overcame a two-goal deficit, only to come up short in overtime, as Ryan Shannon's first goal of season was the decisive goal 1:18 into overtime to lead the Amarillo Gorillas past the Kings 3-2 Sunday night at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Amarillo's win clinches the I-27 Series Cup presented by Interstate Batteries and places the Kings record 26-28-6.

The Kings, without their top two leading scorers (Bobby Brown and Nolan Graham) and their leading offensive defenseman (Stacey Bauman) in the line-up, received a tying goal by Josh Anderson in 6:28 into the third period to tie the game 2-2 and force overtime. In the four-on-four overtime session, Derek Hahn found an open Ryan Shannon streaking into the left circle and the seventh-year pro ripped a shot past Brett Koscielny for his tenth career goal. Of the 13 meetings this season, it is the seventh contest to be decided by one goal and the fifth to end in overtime.

Amarillo opened the scoring just 5:03 into the opening period. Jason Chafe was able to get past the Cotton Kings defense on the left side and break in alone on net to lift the puck over the shoulder of goaltender Brett Koscielny for the 1-0 lead. Lubbock had two power play opportunities in the opening frame, but could not get the equalizer in the period.

The Gorillas extended their lead to 2-0 with 8:53 remaining in the second period. Keith Rowe was able to get a rebound on net from the right side of the net and the puck slipped through the pads of Koscielny and he unintentionally kicked the puck back into his own net while trying to control the rebound. Lubbock cut the deficit in half late in the period, as Vic Pereira was able to connect on a feed from Jon Foster in the right slot with 1:43 remaining in the period.

Despite the loss, Lubbock still received a standing-point and has received standing points in seven of their last nine games. It was the eighth time this season the Kings have picked up at least one standing-point when trailing after two periods of play, which co-leads the CHL. Shawn Degagne received the win in net to improve his record to 20-16-2, stopping 30 of 32 shots. Koscielny suffered the OTL, dropping his record to 9-1-2 as he was impressive stopping 35 of 38 shots. Each team was scoreless on the power play (Lubbock 0 for 3, Amarillo 0 for 2).

Lubbock returns to the grind with a pair of road games north of the Red River, as they face Wichita on Wednesday and Oklahoma City on Friday before returning home to host Odessa for the final home game of the season Saturday.

DATE Sun, Mar 19, 2006 Amarillo (3) Lubbock (2)

SCORE BY PERIODS Amarillo 1 1 0 1 -- 3 Lubbock 0 1 1 0 -- 2

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: AMA-Chafe (Donnette, Degagne) 5:03. Penalties: Hahn, AMA (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 9:16. Hansen, AMA (Holding, Minor, 2 min) 12:57.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: AMA-Rowe (Strzoda, Hansen) 11:07. LUB-Pereira (Melichercik, Foster) 18:17. Penalties: Hansen, AMA (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 4:31. Beatty, LUB (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 9:06.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: LUB-Anderson (Pereira, Nosan) 6:28. Penalties: Brolsma, LUB (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 0:06. Hahn, AMA (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 0:06. Beatty, LUB (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 1:48.

OVERTIME -- Scoring: AMA-Shannon (Wray, Hahn) 1:18.

SHOTS ON GOAL Amarillo 11 12 14 1 -- 38 Lubbock 13 12 6 1 -- 32

POWER PLAY STATS PPG ADV SHG Amarillo 0 2 0 Lubbock 0 3 0

GOALIES AWAY TEAM D MIN S SV Shawn Degagne WIN 61:18 32 30 HOME TEAM D MIN S SV Brett Koscielny OTL 61:18 38 35

GAMENOTES Referee: Steve Cruickshank Linesman: Scott Topping, Scott Ferguson Game Length: 2:27 1st Star: Ryan Shannon (AMA) 2nd Star: Shawn Degagne (AMA) 3rd Star: Brett Koscielny (LUB)

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