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January 16, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

The Lubbock Cotton Kings finally had a week they gained ground on Southwest Division leading Odessa, winning two out of the three games played last week. Lubbock opened their week last week Wednesday with a 5-4 shootout win over the Amarillo Gorillas in comeback fashion. The Kings only loss came Saturday night against the defending CHL Champion Colorado Eagles, who were able to convert a crucial power play opportunity with under four-minutes remaining to break a 2-2 and grab an eventual 4-2 win. Lubbock rebounded Sunday night with three first period goals en route to a 4-1 win over the Corpus Christi Rayz. The Cotton Kings sit nine standing-points behind Odessa and two behind Amarillo. The win Sunday gives the Kings a 16-17-1 record heading into the All-Star Break. While Stacey Bauman and Nolan Graham are representing the Kings as members of the Southern Conference in the 2006 CHL All-Star Game, presented by Obra Homes, down in the Rio Grande Valley, the remaining Kings will be resting up for this weekend/s home-and-home series with Amarillo. The I-27 Series, presented by Interstate Batteries, resumes Saturday night in Amarillo and returns to Lubbock on Sunday at 5:05 PM.

ALL STAR EVENTS RUNDOWN

Tuesday, January 17th

1:30pm - 3:00pm - CHL All-Star Media Luncheon, presented by: City of McAllen - The Tower Club (Players, Coaches, Media Only)

4:30pm - 6:00pm - CHL All-Star Banquet - Dodge Arena

8:00pm - 10:00pm - CHL All-Star Concert, featuring: Ricky Martin (Tickets Necessary) - Dodge Arena

Wednesday, January 18th

9:00am - 10:00am - CHL Northern Conference Practice - Dodge Arena

10:00am - 10:20am - CHL All-Star Team Photographs - Dodge Arena

10:20am - 11:20am - CHL Southern Conference Practice - Dodge Arena

6:00pm - 7:00pm - CHL All-Star Skills Competition, presented by: City of McAllen - Dodge Arena

*The Skills Competition is a series of competitions that showcases the best players in the CHL and highlights their skills. Each conference has members represented in the individual competitions, with each competition resulting in points towards the winning conference. The skills featured this season will be the Fastest Skater, Hardest Shot, Accuracy Shoot-out, Rapid Fire and Breakaway Relay. Lubbock's Stacey Bauman will compete in the Breakaway Relay and will have a breakaway attempt against Bossier-Shreveport goaltender Ken Carroll. Nolan Graham will compete in the Fastest Skater competition and in the Breakaway Relay competition against Oklahoma City's Sean Connors.

7:30pm - CHL All-Star Game, presented by Obra Homes - Dodge Arena

*The game and skills competition can be listened to online (www.killerbeehockey.com) or viewed online through CHLTV.COM.

JERSEY TALK

Fans in Lubbock have a chance to obtain Stacey Bauman and Nolan Graham's All-Star Game jersey, or any other player's jersey in the All-Star Game by bidding in the online auction. The auctioned can be viewed by logging on the Central Hockey League's website (www.centralhockeyleague.com) and the online bidding ends on January 27th.

The All-Star Break also serves as a timeline as to when teams switch their primary jerseys. After the All-Star Break, all teams will wear their lighter colored jerseys (often called their home jerseys) on the road and will now wear their dark jerseys at home. Lubbock will do something a little different and will instead premier a second-half home jersey on Sunday to wear at home the remainder of the season.

"HEROES & LEGACIES" COTTON KINGS "HERO OF THE WEEK"

Each week a member of the Cotton Kings is selected as the "Heroes & Legacies Hero of the Week" for their performance in the previous week's games, and this week's recipient for their effort last week is veteran forward Paul Fioroni. The longtime King had a pair of multi-point games last week out of the three games played. He appeared in his 500th pro game on Wednesday and combined for three points off a goal and two assists against the Gorillas. Sunday, he led all scorers with two points with the game winning goal and an assist against Corpus Christi. The Kings all-time penalty minute leader combine for five points on the week, as he had two goals and three assists. Fioroni also held his Casino Night on Thursday and raised over $4,000 for the 24 Foundation.

THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"

7 of 14- Goals - Seven of the 14 goals scored in January have been produced by the "PB&J Line" of Paul Fironi (3), Mike Brolsma (2) and Jon Foster (2).

50 - Wins - Sunday's win over Corpus Christi was Chris Dashney's 50th win in his career and as Head Coach of the Lubbock Cotton Kings.

54 - Shots - The Kings fired off a season high 54 shots Sunday against Corpus Christi and have out-shot their opponents in six of the last seven games and in 10 of the last 12 games.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Jan. 11 vs. Amarillo W 5-4 (so) Top Star: LUB - Paul Fioroni (3 points 1g,2a)

Jan. 14 vs. Colorado L 2-4 Top Star: LUB - Emery Olauson (2 Goals)

Jan. 15 vs. Corpus Christi W 4-1 Top Star: LUB - Paul Fioroni (2 points 1g,1a)

WEEK AHEAD

PRACTICE TIMES: Tues - Wed: 10 - 11:15 AM...

Fri. Jan. 21 7:00 pm @ Amarillo Gorillas Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The I-27 series presented by Interstate Batteries continues in Amarillo Saturday night. Lubbock leads the series with a 4-1-0 record and is 2-1-0 in Amarillo this season. Brent Hughes has two goals and four assists for six points to lead Amarillo and the series in scoring this season, while the Kings are led by Mike Brolsma (2g,2a) and Paul Fioroni's (2g,2a) four points. As for the all-time series, it will be the 66th all-time meeting between the two clubs, with Lubbock bringing in a 39-18-8 all-time series record and Amarillo bringing a 26-34-5 all-time series mark. Former Cotton King Kyle Reeves (27g,12a) and current Kings member Jan Melichercik (8g,31a) each have 39 points to stand as the all-time leaders in scoring against Amarillo. Amarillo's all-time leader in scoring against Lubbock is Hahn, who all-time has 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points against Lubbock.

Sun. Jan. 22 5:05 pm vs. Amarillo Gorillas Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The Cotton Kings wrap up the week completing the home-and-home series at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Lubbock is 2-0-0 this season against the Gorillas at home and are 9-5-1 this season when playing with no days rest.

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