Bees outlast IceRays
The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees outlasted the Corpus Christi IceRays 3-2 in a power play filled affair on Saturday night at the Dodge Arena. It was the second time this week that the IceRays were edged by the Bees by that final. All five goals were scored on the power play with the IceRays getting what tied a season-high 17 power plays and the Bees getting nine chances. The IceRays loss dropped their record to 19-24-4 on the season, and lowered them eight points back from the Bees in the Southeast Division standings. The IceRays and Killer Bees will meet twice next week once the IceRays return home, and six more times this season. The Rays and Bees will square off Friday and Saturday nights at the American Bank Center. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.
The Killer Bees power play was the story of the first period. After the IceRays received simultaneous penalties ten minutes into the game, the Bees needed just 13 seconds to cash in on the two-man advantage. Kurtis Dulle scored on a one-timer from the blue line to make the score 1-0 at 10:13. The IceRays later had a two-man advantage in the period for 96 seconds, but could not convert. The Bees increased their lead to 2-0 with another power play goal late in the frame. Dennis Maxwell scored on a rebound at 17:22 just seven seconds into the man advantage. Both teams had eight shots in the first period, but the IceRays went into the locker room trailing by a pair.
Neither team scored in the second period, but both had chances on the power play. The Killer Bees had another two-man advantage for 1:40, but did not find the back of the net. The IceRays, meanwhile, had seven power play chances including two extended five on threes, but also could not beat Christian Boucher and the Bees defense, and the Bees retained their 2-0 lead. The Bees outshot the Rays 11-10
In the third period, the IceRays power play chances continued to mount up, but they couldn't tally until late in the frame. Brian Bicek scored at 9"09 on a Bees power play to make the score 3-0. Then, after being stopped on their first 15 chances the Rays power play awoke with consecutive goals. Adam Powell tallied at 15:28 and Jeremy Leroux scored with 36.7 seconds left on a power play with an extra attacker. The IceRays had chances as time expired but could not find the equalizer and the Bees held on for their second straight 3-2 win over Corpus Christi.
Kris Tebbs (15-15-3) suffered the loss making 26 saves on 29 shots. Christian Boucher (11-11-2) earned the win making 35 saves on 37 shots. The IceRays power play went 2-17 while the Bees went 3-9 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Bees 37-29.
The IceRays will begin next week in Bossier-Shreveport on Tuesday night and then return home to take on the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees on Friday on Saturday night at the American Bank Center. For more information on the IceRays, please call the team at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.
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