Lubbock Cotton Kings Road Game Preview
3/2/07 -LUBBOCK COTTON KINGS (20-26-6) @ COLORADO EAGLES (38-14-0)
- 8:05 PM BUDWEISER EVENTS CENTER RADIO- KFYO 790 AM
BUSY WEEKEND OF A BUSY WEEK STARTS TONIGHT
The Lubbock Cotton Kings play the sixth game of what is a span of eight games in ten days, and starts a three-in-three weekend set tonight with a visit to the Loveland, Colorado based Colorado Eagles. Tonight's game features a pair of teams with two different stories of the 2006/2007 season. Colorado is the only Northern Conference squad that has clinched a playoff spot this season, while the Cotton Kings are not currently a part of the playoff picture. Colorado has the CHL's best winning percentage (73.1%), as the Eagles have a 38-14-0 mark. Lubbock enters the game 12 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.
It is the second of three meetings of the season between the two clubs and the first of two visits to the Budweiser Events Center for the Cotton Kings. Colorado defeated the Kings in the last meeting 5-2 (Dec. 2), and has a 1-0-0 series record against the Kings this season. It is the 16th meeting all-time between the two clubs and Colorado has an all-time series mark of 11-2-2, while Lubbock is 4-10-1 in the all-time series. Colorado's Ryan Tobler is the all-time series leader offensively with 5 goals and 12 assists for 17 points. Lubbock's all-time leader against Colorado is former members Jan Melichercik (2g,6a) and Paul Fioroni (3g,5a), who each had 8 points.
THE LAST TIME
12/2/06 - The Colorado Eagles four-goal second period ended the Lubbock Cotton Kings five-game home winning streak in a 5-2 decision at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.
Colorado's Chris Hartsburg drew the first goal with the score coming at 6:29 of the first period while shorthanded. From the right circle, Lubbock's Trevor Weisgerber would then fire a laser past Colorado netminder Marco Emond with 8:24 remaining in the opening period to tie the game 1-1.
The second period saw Riley Nelson, Ed McGrane, Ryan Tobler, and Brad Willamson combine for four Eagles goals. After Nelson's shorthanded goal just 29 seconds into the period (Eagles had two in the game) and McGrane's marker 9:41 later, Lubbock cut the deficit to 3-2 by lighting the lamp a second time. Off a Mike Carter shot, Chris Barth collected the rebound and sent the puck into the back of the net with 8:22 remaining, but it would be the closest the Kings would get. Tobler's power play goal with 5:12 remaining in the period and Williamson's tally 3:21 later gave the Eagles a 5-2 lead and kept the game out of reach. The second period saw the Eagles outshoot the Cotton Kings 23 to 6 in the period and 53 to 37 for the evening.
A scoreless third period saw a penalty shot attempt by Eagle Riley Nelson who had his shot stopped by Lubbock's J.F. Perras. Perras, who replaced starter Kyle Stanton to begin the third period, made 14 saves in his 20 minutes of action.
Stanton had the loss in net for Lubbock as he stopped 34-of-39 Colorado shots in the first 40 minutes of play. Emond recorded the win for the Eagles while making 35 saves in the effort.
Lubbock has not made any changes reflective for tonight's game, while Colorado has activated center Sean Robertson and goaltender Marco Emond off the IR.
Kings - 46 points, 4th place, 12 points back, Southwest Division.
Eagles - 76 points, 1st place, Northwest Division.
Kings - Points: 50 Anders Strome, Goals: 27 Anders Strome, Assists: 31 Bobby Brown, Penalty Minutes: 191 Paul McBrien.
Eagles - Points: 75 Riley Nelson, Goals: 35 Riley Nelson, Assists: 48 Brad Williamson, Penalty Minutes: 206 Fraser Filipic.
Kings - Power play: 14.1% 14th, Penalty killing: 86.8% 3rd.
Eagles - Power play: 22.7% 1st, Penalty killing: 84.7% 5th.
Kings - JF Perras (14-13-2, 3 SO, 2.87), Kyle Stanton (6-13-4, 1 SO, 3.46).
Eagles - Marco Emond (22-6-0, 2 SO, 2.70), Tim Boron (13-4-0, 0 SO, 2.91), Paulo Colaiacovo (3-4-0, 0 SO, 3.53).
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