Lubbock Edges Amarillo 2-1
Lubbock, Tx - The Lubbock Cotton Kings ended a five-game home winless streak with a big 2-1 victory over the Amarillo Gorillas in an I-27 Series battle presented by Interstate Batteries Saturday night at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The win improves the Kings record to 21-25-3 and they move six standing-points behind Amarillo in the division, but remain eight points out of a playoff spot due to Rio Grande Valley's win over Memphis (Rio Grande Valley jumps past Amarillo in the conference standings).
The opening period was very fast paced and full of special teams play. Each team had four power play opportunities in the period, but neither team getting on the scoreboard. Lubbock out-shot the Gorillas 12-4 in the period.
Ryan Moren put a shot on goal driving in from the point and the rebound ended up under the skate of Jon Foster, who grabbed the rebound and stuffed it past goaltender Shawn Degagne to give Lubbock a 1-0 lead 3:05 into the second period. Amarillo was held without a shot on goal until 7:04 remained in the period and then the shots came in a flurry, as they were able to garner 7 shots on goal for the period's remainder.
The third period was very similar to the second. Amarillo had a dry spell to start the period and did not get a shot on goal until eight-minutes into the period. In that time, the Kings extended their lead with a goal by Bobby Brown 4:40 into the period. Like the second period, once the Gorillas were able to get their first shot on net, they began creating a lot of scoring chances. Dave Rattray cut the Kings lead to 2-1 with three minutes remaining, ending Lance Leslie's shutout bid and getting the Gorillas momentum. The Gorillas pulled Degagne with 59-seconds remaining for an extra attacker and controlled the puck in the offensive zone for the game's remainder, but they could not get the equalizer past Leslie.
Leslie stopped 21 of 22 shots in the victory and grabbed his 16th all-time series win against Amarillo. Degagne stopped 27 of the Kings 29 shots in the loss, which is his fourth consecutive regulation loss against the Kings. Each team was 0 for 6 on the power play and it ended a streak of nine consecutive games in which a Kings opponent had garnered a power play tally.
Lubbock and Amarillo will lock horns again Sunday evening at 5:05 PM inside the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.
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