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Nosan Leads Kings Pat CHL Defending Champs 4-3

February 11, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

Loveland, CO - Lubbock Cotton Kings rookie forward Kyle Nosan had a career night Saturday night at the Budweiser Events Center, grabbing a pair of goals and assisting on two for a career best four-point night in the Lubbock Cotton Kings 4-3 road victory over the defending CHL Champion Colorado Eagles. The win ended the Eagles five-game winless streak and extended the Kings road winning streak to two games.

Lubbock came out firing in the first period, out-shooting the Eagles 16-6 in the opening frame and garnering a goal on their first shot of the game. Bobby Brown entered the zone on the left side and dropped a pass to the top of the zone, which Nosan grabbed and fired it past goaltender Paulo Colaiacovo 3:04 into the period. Colorado bounced right back, tying the game at 1-1 17-seconds later with Scott Polaski receiving a backdoor pass from Les Borsheim and flipping the puck over Kings goaltender Brad Buss.

The Kings regained the lead just as they opened the scoring in the contest, and that was by scoring on their first shot on goal in the second period. Nosan returned the favor from the opening period with a feed to Bobby Brown, who converted in front with a goal 21-seconds into the period. Colorado answered back 5:20 later with a favorable power play deflection. A shot from the top of the zone was going well wide of the net, but hit the shoulder of Eagles forward Fraser Filipic and deflected into the back of the net. The Eagles took their first lead of the game with 7:14 remaining with Garrett Larson slipping past Kings forward Mike Brolsma in front of the crease and stuffing a pass from the boards through the pads of Buss.

Buss made several big saves at the start of the period and the Eagles began building momentum as they took a power play opportunity, but Brown changed the momentum during the power play opportunity with a shorthanded goal. Brown caught the Eagles by surprise and stole the puck on the side of the Eagles net and slipped it by a surprised Colaiacovo 9:36 into the period to tie the game 3-3. It is the third consecutive game the Kings have scored a shorthanded goal. Nosan converted his first two-goal game of his career 1:46 later just after killing off the Eagles power play, tallying the eventual game winning goal. Colorado received a late power play opportunity and pulled Colaiacovo for a two-man advantage, but Buss made the big saves and the penalty kill unit was solid preventing the Eagles from setting up the power play offense.

The loss for Colorado was the first time this season they have lost a game in regulation when leading after the second period (23-0-2 entering the game when leading after two periods). On the flip side, it was Lubbock's fourth win when trailing after two periods, which co-leads the CHL. Buss received the win in net, stopping 25 of 28 shots to improve to 2-1-0 this season. All-star goaltender Colaiacovo suffered the loss allowing four goals on 29 shots.

Lubbock, who improves to 19-21-3 on the season and sits just four standing-points out of the playoff picture, will return home and prepare for their Thursday night tilt with the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

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