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Stockton Lightning vs. Spokane Shock Game Preview

August 1, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Stockton Lightning News Release

GAME PREVIEW: #8 STOCKTON LIGHTNING at #1 SPOKANE SHOCK

ArenaCup Playoffs: Round 1, National Conference

QUICK FACTS:

#8 Stockton Lightning (6-10) at

#1 Spokane Shock (15-1)

Round 1, National Conference

Date: August 1, 2009

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. PT

Site: Spokane Arena (10,653)

Internet: www.NiFTyTV.com/af2 (Mike Benton)

Officials: Referee - Shawn Hoculi; Umpire - Roger Stewart; Head Linesman - Mark Deitchman; Line Judge - Marr Dornan; Back Judge - Steve Currie

Regular Season Series Record: Spokane leads, 10-0

Coaches: Chad Carlson (Stockton - 15-26, overall, 0-0 postseason)

Adam Shackleford (Spokane - 45-8 overall, 3-2 postseason)

THE STAKES: The Lightning venture into the month of August for the first time in franchise history in the first round of the ArenaCup Playoffs, facing the Spokane Shock in National Conference play. The Lightning clinched their first ever playoff berth with a 6-10 record and finished 2-1 in the final three weeks of the regular season. Their opponent, the Spokane Shock, were ArenaCup VII champions in 2006 and lost in overtime, 56-55 last year in ArenaCup IX to the Tennessee Valley Vipers at Spokane Arena, which was ranked in a vote by the fans as the greatest game in af2 history. The winner of Saturday's first round game faces the winner of #4 Boise vs. #5 Arkansas in the second round.

If Stockton defeats Spokane it would ...

- Give the Lightning their first postseason win in franchise history

- Give the Lightning their first ever win against Spokane in 11 tries

- Eliminate Spokane from the first round of the postseason for the second time in three years

- Advance the Lightning onto the second round against the winner of #4 Boise/#5 Arkansas

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