Sundogs Hand Cotton Kings Haunting 3-2 Loss
Lubbock, TX - In the first ever meeting between the two teams, the Arizona Sundogs tallied three unanswered goals in the third period to steal away a 3-2 victory from the Lubbock Cotton Kings Tuesday afternoon at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The result marked the first home-ice loss during a "Kid's Day" game in Kings franchise history (5-1-0), and moved their overall record to 2-2-0 on the young season.
Bobby Brown extended his goal scoring streak to a franchise tying four-games 13:36 into the contest by converting on a feed from Trevor Weisgerber past goaltender Chris King to give Lubbock a 1-0 lead. Weisgerber, who extended his assist streak to four games by assisting on Brown's goal, grabbed a goal of his own with 8:43 remaining in the second period to extend the Kings lead to 2-0.
While on the powerplay late in the second period, Arizona was trying to get on the board, and while standing around pleading for a penalty, the 'dogs turned the puck over leading to Jason Beatty and Bobby Brown transitioning on a two-on-none breakaway. Beatty passed the puck from the left slot to the right slot to Brown for the one-timer, but King made a spectacular save with no margin of error to hold the Sundogs deficit to two goals.
The save ended up the difference in the game, as Brent Kelley's shorthanded blast from the top of the right circle for Arizona 27-seconds into the third period cut Kings lead to 2-1. The Sundogs momentum continued to build after a trio of consecutive minor penalties by the Kings eventually led to a power play goal by Chris Greene 9:05 into the period to tie the game 2-2. Just 43-seconds later, former NHL'er Dan Laperriere gave the Sundogs their first lead of the game, and the lead they would not relinquish.
Cotton Kings goaltender Kyle Stanton suffered his first loss in net for the Kings (2-1-0), allowing three goals on 40 shots on goal. King improved to 2-0-0 on the season in net for the Sundogs, stopping 34 of 36 shots. The two teams will not see each other again until January 20th.
Lubbock remains home and will open up a home-and-home series with Rio Grande Valley beginning Friday.
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