Lubbock Fights Past Brahmas 3-1
Lubbock, Tx - The Lubbock Cotton Kings jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-1 victory in a fight filled game against the Fort Worth Brahmas Wednesday night at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The win improves the Kings record to 23-27-4 and moves them nine standing-points behind Rio Grande Valley (lost to Bossier-Shreveport) for the final playoff spot with 10 games remaining.
Lubbock was fired up in the opening period, out-shooting the Brahmas 21-3 in the period, but Brahmas goaltender Larry Sterling kept the Brahmas in tact and prevented the Kings from garnering a big lead in the first period. Jan Melichercik was the only one to get the puck past Sterling in the period and it came with 2:35 remaining in the period on a power play tally, as Melichercik was able to scoop a pass from Bobby Brown in the slot past Sterling. Fort Worth had trouble getting any offense going and even had a five-on-three power play advantage for a full two minutes, in which they were unable to get a single shot on goal.
The second period started to get out of hand as the Brahmas wanted to play a game of "Rock'em Sock'em Robots" after the Kings opened the period with a pair of goals 1:32 apart. Vic Periera scored what turned out to be his first game winning goal of his career 1:51 into the frame with a tip in off a miss by Emery Olauson. Kyle Nosan extended the Kings lead to 3-0 with his 13th goal of the season. That was the point Fort Worth wanted to drop the gloves, as four fights broke out over the next 1:17. The only game misconducts handed out were to Lubbock's Paul Fioroni and Fort Worth's Chris Bain, who squared off in the official's crease while waiting on official Keith Kaval to indicate the fighting majors for the previous tilt moments prior.
The game changed it's tune with 2:10 remaining in the second period as Fort Worth cut the Kings lead to 3-2 with Ty Hennes redirecting a Konrad Brand slap shot past Brett Koscielny. It was the only blemish for Koscielny, who faced 26 shots. Fort Worth tried to rally back, but couldn't muster up any offense in the game's remainder.
Lubbock out-shot the Brahmas 47-28 in the game and Sterling stopped 44 of them in the losing effort. Teams combined for 106 penalty minutes (Kings season high for combined teams), with Lubbock whistled for a season high 52 penalty minutes. The five major penalties handed towards Lubbock was also a season high. The Kings were able to tally a power play goal for the fourth consecutive game (1 for 6), while preventing any from the Brahmas.
Wes Mason was unable to gather a point for the Brahmas and had his 13-game point streak come to an end. Paul Fioroni finished with 17 minutes in penalties pushing him over the 1,700-minute mark (1,714) in penalty minutes over his career.
The Kings remain home and will host the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees Saturday night for an important battle at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.
DATE Wed, Mar 08, 2006 Fort Worth (1) Lubbock (3)
SCORE BY PERIODS Fort Worth 0 1 0 -- 1 Lubbock 1 2 0 -- 3
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: LUB-Melichercik (powerplay) (Brown, Moren) 17:25. Penalties: Coutu, FTW (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 3:34. Beatty, LUB (Elbowing, Minor, 2 min) 6:15. Fioroni, LUB (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 6:15. Beatty, LUB (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 6:15. Gustavson, FTW (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 6:15. Brown, LUB (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 9:35. Bain, FTW (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 9:35. Stillman, FTW (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 9:55. McLaughlin, FTW (High Sticking, Double Minor, 4 min) 16:31.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: LUB-Pereira (Olauson, Moren) 1:51. LUB-Nosan (Beatty, Brown) 3:23. FTW-Gustavson (Brand, Hartinger) 17:50. Penalties: Pereira, LUB (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 3:26. Brand, FTW (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 3:26. Moren, LUB (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 4:43. Reynolds, FTW (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 4:43. Bain, FTW (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 4:43. Fioroni, LUB (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 4:43. Fioroni, LUB (Fisticuffs (Secondary), Game Misconduct, 10 min) 4:43. Bain, FTW (Fisticuffs (Secondary), Game Misconduct, 10 min) 4:43. Brown, LUB (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 4:48. Silverstone, FTW (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 4:48. Nosan, LUB (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 5:45. McNeely, LUB (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 7:40. McLaughlin, FTW (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 11:49.
THIRD PERIOD -- Penalties: Brown, LUB (Holding, Minor, 2 min) 10:40. Mason, FTW (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 10:57. Pereira, LUB (Broken Stick, Minor, 2 min) 18:17. Stillman, FTW (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 18:52.
SHOTS ON GOAL Fort Worth 3 11 14 -- 28 Lubbock 21 11 15 -- 47
POWER PLAY STATS PPG ADV SHG Fort Worth 0 6 0 Lubbock 1 6 0
GOALIES AWAY TEAM D MIN S SV Larry Sterling LOSS 58:52 47 44 HOME TEAM D MIN S SV Brett Koscielny WIN 60:00 28 27
GAMENOTES Referee: Keith Kaval Linesman: Jeff Hopkins, Scott Topping Game Length: 2:36 1st Star: Vic Pereira (LUB) 2nd Star: Brett Koscielny (LUB) 3rd Star: Ryan Moren (LUB)
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