Lubbock Cotton Kings Road Game Preview
2/28/07 - LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (20-25-6) @ ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAGE (12-33-5)
- 8:05 PM BROOMFIELD EVENTS CENTER RADIO- KFYO 790 AM
MAKING UP FOR "LOSS" TIMES
Don't try hunting down tonight's Lubbock Cotton Kings game on a pocket schedule. The Cotton Kings and the Rocky Mountain Rage are playing a rescheduled game tonight to make up for the game originally scheduled for December 21st. The original contest was postponed due to blizzard conditions in the Mile High State. There should be no fear of a blizzard tonight, as the Cotton Kings come into the game the hottest they have been this season. After going months (11/16 - 2/25) without consecutive wins, the Cotton Kings come in on a three-game winning streak and seeking a season high fourth tonight. Lubbock defeated Rocky Mountain 5-2 last night to give them consecutive road wins for the first time this season. The Cotton Kings enter the game 11 standing-points behind Southwest Division leading New Mexico and four standing points behind Rio Grande Valley for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference (game-in-hand over Rio Grande Valley). The game is a fifth game of what is an 8 games in 10 day span for Lubbock. The Kings are 3-0-1 in the span.
The game is the Kings second and final visit of the season to Broomfield, Colorado and the third and final meeting of the season. Lubbock leads the season and all-time series 2-0-0. Lubbock's Simon Watson leads all scorers offensively in the series with 4 points (2g,2a).
THE LAST TIME
2/27/07 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings extended their win streak to a season-high three games as they collected four goals in the first period leading to a 5-2 win over the Rocky Mountain Rage. Eight different Cotton Kings recorded points in the team's 20th win of the year. Lubbock has a record of 20-25-6 with 46 points in the standings.
Anders Strome gave Lubbock the early 1-0 lead just 19 seconds into the game for his 100th professional goal of his career. Cotton Kings Philippe Lacasse increased the lead to two with a goal at 5:48 of the first period. Rocky Mountain got on the board with a Nathan Rosychuk tally 1:30 later at 7:18 of the first period. Lubbock's Simon Watson got the 3-1 lead for his team as he got the puck past Rage goaltender Trevor Cunning. The power play score ended Cunning's night as he was replaced by David Guerrera 7:52 into the contest. The Cotton Kings were able to collect their first three goals of the game off of their first five shots on net. Lubbock lit the lamp for the fourth time in the period with a Jimmy Callahan score with 2:25 remaining in the opening frame. With their fourth goal, Lubbock recorded their third game of the season in which they scored four goals in a period. It is the first time they have done so since November 25.
In the second period, former Cotton King and current Rage forward Matic Kralj cut the lead to two as he fired the puck past Lubbock netminder J.F. Perras. The Rage were unable to score again as Lubbock's Kyle Nosan finished the contest earning an empty-netter with 14 seconds remaining in regulation.
Perras takes the win in net as he made 26 saves off of 28 shots on goal in 60:00 of ice time. His win streak goes to three games and his record for the year is 14-13-2. Rocky Mountain's Cunning suffers the loss in net in 7:52 of action with two stops off of five shots on goal. Guerrera had 51:48 of ice time with 25 saves off of 26 shots on net. For the first time in February the Cotton Kings out-shoot their opponents 32-28. Lubbock was 1-for-7 on the power play, while Rocky Mountain was 0-for-4 on the man-advantage.
Lubbock's Paul McBrien returns to the Kings lineup tonight after serving a one-game league suspension.
Kings - 46 points, 4th place, 11 points back, Southwest Division.
Rage - 29 points, 5th place, 47 points back, Northwest Division.
Kings - Points: 50 Anders Strome, Goals: 27 Anders Strome, Assists: 31 Bobby Brown, Penalty Minutes: 191 Paul McBrien.
Rage - Points: 41 Mark Wires, Goals: 17 Mark Wires, Assists: 25 Trevor Weisgerber, Penalty Minutes: 214 Adam Stefishen.
Kings - Power play: 14.0% 14th, Penalty killing: 86.6% 3rd.
Rage - Power play: 14.7% 13th, Penalty killing: 79.8% 16th.
Kings - JF Perras (14-13-2, 3 SO, 2.87), Kyle Stanton (6-12-4, 1 SO, 3.39).
Rage - David Guerrera (9-20-4, 1 SO, 3.66), Trevor Cunning (3-13-1, 0 SO, 4.12).
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