Kings corral Brahmas 6-1
Fort Worth, TX - The Lubbock Cotton Kings gained two-goal performances from Bobby Brown and Nolan Graham to roll past the Fort Worth Brahmas 6-1 Tuesday night at the Will Rogers Coliseum in their most convincing road win of the season. The win moves the Kings within eight standing-points of Rio Grande Valley for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference and places their overall record at 22-26-3.
Lubbock wasted no time getting the offense going, coming off a 4-0 shutout loss at home to Amarillo. Nolan Graham ended the Kings shutout sequence at 78:31 converting on a turnover 4:10 into the game with a blast from the top of the slots that snuck through the five-hole of Brahmas goaltender Andrew Martin. Josh Anderson converted on another Brahmas turnover later with a shorthanded goal from the left circle that extended the Kings lead to 2-0 with 6:12 remaining. Bobby Brown assisted on Anderson's goal and was returned the favor 3:29 later. Brown skated across the slots from left to right with defenseman Vladimir Hartinger on his hip, and was able to reach the puck ahead of Hartinger's reach and fling the puck past Martin for a 3-0 lead.
Teams exchanged goals in the second period. Jon Foster earned a hard working goal with 7:23 remaining in the frame after the Kings had a lengthy cycle in the left circle and Foster popped out and fired a driving shot from the left slot past Martin for a 4-0 advantage. Cory Stillman answered right back for the Brahmas 1:48 later by converting on a power play opportunity to cut the Kings lead to 4-1.
The Kings continued their offensive barrage in the third period with Nolan Graham and Bobby Brown each capping their two-goal performances. Graham tallied his second of the contest while the Kings had an extra attacker on the ice for a delayed penalty. The goal was tallied with 8:02 remaining off a shot from the right side that deflected off of Martin's shoulder and into the net. Brown's second goal came on the power play 2:24 later on a wrist shot into the top shelf from the right slot.
Koscielny gained the win in net, stopping 19 of 20 shots on goal to improve his record to 7-10-0. Martin allowed all six goals on 32 shots faced. Each team had a power play goal, with Lubbock going 1 for 4 and Fort Worth converting 1 for 7.
The win was the second consecutive road win and they now have standing points gained in five of the last six road games (4-1-1). The Kings return home to host the defending CHL Champion Colorado Eagles Friday night at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.
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