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Kings Bulled Over by Brahmas 5-1

March 17, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

Lubbock, TX - Fort Worth Brahmas goaltender Larry Sterling stopped 49 of 50 shots and led the Brahmas to their first ever win at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum with a 5-1 whitewashing of the Lubbock Cotton Kings Friday night. The loss ends the Kings season high four-game winning streak and places the Kings with a 26-28-4 record. The Kings are now ten standing-points behind Rio Grande Valley (5-3 winners over Corpus Christi) for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference with six games remaining, meaning Rio Grande Valley's magic number from eliminating the Kings from playoff contention is three.

Lubbock out-shot the Brahmas 16-6 in the opening frame, but it was the Fort Worth Brahmas coming out on the better end after the first period. Bobby Davis, who was acquired prior to the trade deadline by the Brahmas from Rio Grande Valley, scored his first goal in a Brahmas uniform 10:27 into the contest with a shot from the right side that deflected off goaltender Brett Koscielny's shoulder and into the net. With 27-seconds remaining in the period, Ty Hennes was able to scramble to a rebound in the left slot and place the puck past Koscielny for a 2-0 advantage for the Brahmas.

The Brahmas offense continued in the second period. Just 36-seconds into the period Ryan Fairbarn put a simple shot on net that was tipped from the top of the right slot by Hennes and it snuck past Koscielny for a 3-0 advantage. The goal by Hennes gave him a pair of goals in a span of 53 seconds, which marks a season high by a Kings opposing individual. At the 9:56 mark, Sheldon Lee was camping out in the right slot and Chris Bain fed a backdoor pass to Lee and he put it over a sprawled out Koscielny for a 4-0 lead. The goal was Lee's first pro goal in his career. Lubbock finally responded with 1:47 remaining in the period as Emery Olauson swept a rebound past Larry Sterling for a power play conversion, cutting the deficit to 4-1.

The Brahmas add the exclamation point 6:22 into the third period. Jimmy Sokol broke in the right slot and powered a shots past Koscielny to put the game out of reach at 5-1. Lubbock did fire 19 shots on goal during the period, but Sterling kept them out of the net.

Lubbock out-shot the Brahmas 50-25 in the contest but they did not receive an equivalent goaltending performance from Brett Koscielny, who had his record drop to 9-11-1, stopping 20 of 25 shots on goal. The Kings were 1 for 7 on the power play, while holding the Brahmas scoreless on their four man-advantages. The win was the Brahmas first ever win in Lubbock (1-6-0) and they completed the task in grand style. The four-goal margin victory was their biggest winning margin of the season and their five goals matched a season high offensively.

The Kings head on the road Saturday to begin a home-and-home series with the Amarillo Gorillas, which will conclude Sunday at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. If Rio Grande Valley defeats Memphis Saturday night, the Cotton Kings will have to win in regulation to keep their postseason hopes alive.

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