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Kings Lose Lead and the Rally... Fall 4-3 in SO to Amarillo

February 4, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

Amarillo, Tx - For the second consecutive night and the third consecutive game in the Interstate Batteries I-27 Series, the Amarillo Gorillas and the Lubbock Cotton Kings battled to a shootout result, and the Amarillo Gorillas edged out the Kings with a 4-3 victory Saturday night at the Cal Farley Coliseum. It's the third consecutive game for Lubbock to go into overtime and the overtime loss drops their record to 17-20-3. The Kings still receive one standing point for the overtime loss and have received standing points in three consecutive games.

Lubbock looked as if they were going to end their four-game road winless streak after Nolan Brown registered his first goal of the season and his first since December 28th, 2004 as a member of the Muskegon Fury of the United Hockey League. Brown's goal gave the Kings a 2-1 lead 6:52 into the third period, but Joe Guenther rallied the Gorillas back with a pair of goals 55-seconds apart starting with 2:28 remaining in regulation. The two goals gave Guenther the hat trick. With 1:15 remaining, Lubbock coach Chris Dashney called a timeout and replaced goaltender Lance Leslie with an extra attacker. The strategy paid off with 2.7-seconds remaining as Nolan Graham was able to force a rebound through a scrum and into the net for the tying goal to force overtime. Lubbock's only shootout goal came from Jon Foster, as the Gorillas picked up goals from Scott Wray, Rich Hansen and the game winner from Derek Hahn.

The first period play was defensive minded, but the Cotton Kings came away with a 1-0 lead through the period off of a friendly bounce. Kings defenseman Matt McNeely dumped the puck into the attack zone and the puck took a wild bounce in the left corner and deflected in front of the net to Mike Brolsma, who had no problem putting the puck into the empty net as goaltender Jamie Vandespyker was caught behind the net anticipating the puck to carom behind the net. The goal came with 38-seconds remaining in the opening period.

Amarillo responded in the second period with a power play goal to tie the contest at 1-1. Wray fired the puck into Leslie and he covered up the rebound in the left slot, but Guenther dug out the rebound from underneath Leslie and stuffed it into the net 7:09 into the period.

The Kings remain on the road and head back onto the ice Tuesday in Amarillo before returning to the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum to host the Tulsa Oilers Friday night.

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