Lubbock Cotton Kings Weekly
WINDS OF CHANGE FOR THE KINGS
The Lubbock Cotton Kings split a busy week of games last week, going 2-2-0 with wins over Arizona and Oklahoma City, while falling to Amarillo and New Mexico. The week would mark the end of the Chris Dashney era, as the Kings Head Coach for the past two-and-a-half seasons was relieved of his coaching duties late Sunday evening. Tuesday, the Cotton Kings announced the beginning of the Craig Janney era, as the Cotton Kings named Janney the sixth Head Coach in franchise history. The former 12-year NHL star is the first American-born coach in franchise history and he makes his debut behind the Cotton Kings bench Friday as the Kings open a three-in-three weekend at Laredo. Following Lubbock's battle against the Bucks in Laredo, the two teams will face off against each other Saturday in Lubbock before the Kings close out the week Sunday at New Mexico. The Cotton Kings enter the weekend 14 standing points behind division leading New Mexico,
On Friday, Craig Janney will coach his first game for the Lubbock Cotton Kings. He comes in with no prior head coaching experience at the pro level, marking the fourth Kings coach in franchise history to make his coaching debut with the Kings (Alan May, Tracy Egeland and Chris Dashney are the others). The Kings are 3-1-1 in games when the coach is making his Kings debut.
Coach Debut Opponent Result
Alan May 10/14/99 vs. Amarillo W 10-2
Bill McDonald 10/13/00 vs. Amarillo OTL 5-4
Tracy Egeland 12/13/02 at. Corpus Christi W 5-4
Kirk Tomlinson 10/18/03 vs. Amarillo W 3-2
Chris Dashney 10/23/04 at. Amarillo L 4-2
Last week, the Lubbock Cotton Kings made some roster moves with the release of Michael Young and the addition of Jonathan Hobson. Hobson is a 6'0" 290-pound center from Mission, British Columbia, who completed his college career at the University of Alberta last season. He played five seasons of junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Kamloops Blazers before heading to Europe in 2001 to play for Sweden's Leksand Stars and Halmstad Hammers. An injury forced him to return to Canada, and he then enrolled at Alberta. With the Golden Bears, he combined for 52 goals and assists for 104 points in 151 games. Hobson was without a point in the three games he played last week. Young, who was released after going scoreless in four games played, has been signed back by the club. An injury to Kyle Nosan and John Neal have resulted in each of them being placed on the 14-Day IR, opening the door for Young to make his return to the Kings line-up.
GET ON THE BUS
No muss... no fuss... Just a fun trip on a bus. The Cotton Kings are going to have fan busses taking fans to and from road games on three upcoming road games. The cost is $30 per person and includes transportation to and from the game, a ticket to the game and soft drinks and snacks will be provided for the trip. Please contact Sherhonda Ginn to make reservations. Seating is limited to 45 people. The games are as follows:
Feb 25 to Amarillo (Sunday) RSVP by Feb 21 Departs from City Bank Coliseum at 2:00 pm
Mar 9 to Odessa (Friday) RSVP by Mar 6 Departs from City Bank Coliseum at 4:00 pm
Mar 23 to Odessa (Friday) RSVP by Mar 20 Departs from City Bank Coliseum at 4:00 pm
THE WIENERSCHNITZEL TOP DOG OF THE WEEK
Each week, a member of the Cotton Kings is selected as the "Wienerschnitzel Top Dog of the Week" for their performance in the previous week's games, and this week's recipient for their effort last week is rookie forward Simon Watson. The Waterloo, Ontario built a four-game point streak on the week with points in each of the Kings four games. He combined for 4 goals and 2 assists in the four games. His big game on the week came Tuesday in Oklahoma City, as he registered a three-point performance against Oklahoma City with a pair of goals and an assist. He also tallied shorthanded goals Saturday in New Mexico and Sunday against Arizona. Watson leads all CHL rookies with 3 shorthanded goals and ranks tied for second in goals with 21.
THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"
2:55 - Time - Trailing 4-0 in the game Tuesday in Oklahoma City, the Cotton Kings scored 3 goals in a span of 2:55 and eventually came back to topple the Blazers 6-5 in a shootout.
6-0-1 - Record - Lubbock is 6-0-1 when playing the third game of a three-in-three set.
40- - Games - The Kings tallied three shorthanded goals on October 27th but then went 40 games without scoring another shorthanded goal. Lubbock ended the streak with a shorthanded goal Saturday at New Mexico and now has scored shorthanded goals in two consecutive games. Both by Simon Watson.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Feb. 6 @ Oklahoma City W (so) 6-5 Top Star: LUB - Simon Watson (2g,1a, 3 pts.)
Feb. 9 vs. Amarillo L 1-2 Top Star: AMA - Shawn Conschafter (29/30 saves)
Feb. 10 @ New Mexico L 1-5 Top Star: NMX - Aaron MacInnis (2 assists)
Feb. 11 vs. Arizona W 3-2 Top Star: LUB - Bobby Brown (2 goals) WEEK AHEAD
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: N/A
Fri. Feb. 16 7:30 pm @ Laredo Bucks Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Kings open the week and play their first game with Craig Janney at the helm Friday in Laredo. It will be the third game of four on the season between the two clubs and the second of two in Laredo. The season series is tied 1-1-0. The meeting is also the 20th all time meeting between the two teams. Laredo has dominated the all-time series with a 14-2-3 series mark. Lubbock is 5-13-1 all-time against the Bucks. Laredo's Jeff Bes leads the all-time series with 18 points (4g,14a), while Lubbock is led in the series by former King Paul Fioroni, who has registered 10 points (1g,9a) all-time against the Bucks. This season, Laredo's Jeff Genovy leads the series in scoring with 3 points (all assists).
Sat. Feb. 17 7:05 pm vs. Laredo Bucks Radio: KKAM 1340 (jip) TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: Lubbock closes out the season series with the Laredo Bucks and completes the home-and-home weekend set with the Bucks by hosting them for "Boy Scout and Nascar Night" at City Bank Coliseum. The Cotton Kings will wear Nascar themed jerseys to be auctioned off after the game, and there will be Nascar themed events and giveaways taking place at the game.
Sun. Feb. 18 6:05 pm @ New Mexico Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Kings face the division-leading New Mexico Scorpions once again to close the weekend three-in-three. The game will be the fifth of eight match-ups on the season between the two teams and the final one in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The Scorps have won all prior contests this season and have a 4-0-0 season series lead, and this match-up will be the 62nd all-time meeting. Bobby Brown leads the Kings in the season series with two goals and an assist for three points, while Lance Herauf (3g,4a) has seven points in the series to lead the Scorps'. Lubbock holds a 28-24-9 all-time record against the Scorps with former King Jan Melichercik leading the all-time series with 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points, while New Mexico holds the season advantage with a 33-20-8 mark. Former Scorpion Peter Ambroziak leads the series offensively with 59 points (20g,39a).
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