Kings Rob Rayz 2-1 in OT
Corpus Christi, Tx - Mike Brolsma's overtime game winning goal with 52-seconds remaining in overtime clinched a 2-1 comeback victory for the Lubbock Cotton Kings over the Corpus Christi Rayz Sunday night at the AmericanBank Center.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the third period, the Kings rallied back with a goal by Jon Foster with just 2:49 remaining. Foster, who was acquired by Lubbock in a trade from Corpus Christi, paid back his former squad with a goal from the left slot past goaltender Scott Reid. With under five seconds remaining, Paul Fioroni appeared to push a loose puck through traffic on the right side for the game winner and Official Keith Kaval signaled goal after initially waving the goal off, but after a chat with the goal judge, he waved the goal off, forcing overtime. The win improves their record to 25-27-4 and it is their third consecutive road and overall victory (ties season high). The ice was tilted in the opening period with the Rayz controlling the period, but the results were not shown on the scoreboard. The Rayz out-shot the Cotton Kings 15-4 and held the Kings from getting their first shot on goal for the opening 9:31 of the games, but the game was scoreless after the period.
Lubbock was able to get some offense going in the second period, out-shooting the Rayz 19-11 in the period, but it was the Rayz coming away with the end result. On the Rayz fifth power play opportunity of the period, Matt Frick fired a shot from the point that deflected off a Kings defender and skipped into the top shelf past goaltender Brett Koscielny for a 1-0 lead.
The goal disallowed was not the only thing the Kings had to overcome, as they had to face 9 power play advantages from the Rayz, who capitalized on one of the man advantages. Lubbock was 0 for 3 on the power play and couldn't muster up a power play goal. Koscielny was solid in net and even had to battle through a third period injury, which appeared to spark the Kings play. He stopped 39 of 40 shots for the victory to improve to 9-10-1. The overtime win is the second consecutive overtime win by the Kings in their two visits to Corpus Christi this season and they close the season series with a 3-1-0 record against the Rayz.
Lubbock looks to keep the playoff push continuing Tuesday as they remain in South Texas to face the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in Hidalgo.
DATE Sun, Mar 12, 2006 Lubbock (2) Corpus Christi (1)
SCORE BY PERIODS Lubbock 0 0 1 1 -- 2 Corpus Christi 0 1 0 0 -- 1
FIRST PERIOD -- Penalties: McNeely, LUB (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 7:06. McNeely, LUB (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 10:14. Legault, CRP (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 18:09. Nosan, LUB (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 19:57.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: CRP-Frick (powerplay) (John, Robertson) 19:35. Penalties: McIver, CRP (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 0:42. Brolsma, LUB (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 3:40. Fioroni, LUB (Elbowing, Minor, 2 min) 8:44. Rees, CRP (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 11:08. Melichercik, LUB (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 12:55. Beatty, LUB (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 18:00.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: LUB-Foster (McNeely) 17:11. Penalties: Olauson, LUB (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 8:31. Fioroni, LUB (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 12:26. Legault, CRP (Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Minor, 2 min) 14:33. Koscielny, LUB (Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Minor, 2 min) 14:33.
OVERTIME -- Scoring: LUB-Brolsma (Anderson, McNeely) 4:08.
SHOTS ON GOAL Lubbock 4 19 11 3 -- 37 Corpus Christi 15 11 10 4 -- 40
POWER PLAY STATS PPG ADV SHG Lubbock 0 3 0 Corpus Christi 1 9 0
GOALIES AWAY TEAM D MIN S SV Brett Koscielny WIN 64:08 40 39 HOME TEAM D MIN S SV Scott Reid OTL 63:54 37 35
GAMENOTES Referee: Keith Kaval Linesman: Jeff Hopkins, Scott Topping Game Length: 2:30 1st Star: Brett Koscielny (LUB) 2nd Star: Scott Reid (CRP) 3rd Star: Mike Brolsma (LUB)
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