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Bees squeak past IceRays

February 14, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

Nic Dumoulin had a goal and two assists and goaltender Wylie Rogers made 29 saves - including 14 in the third period as the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees squeaked past the Corpus Christi IceRays 3-2 from the American Bank Center on Saturday night. It was the fourth straight game between the clubs that ended 3-2. The IceRays loss dropped their record to 21-25-4 on the season, and knocked them one point from a playoff spot - trailing Arizona who won in overtime in Amarillo. Corpus Christi is now eight points behind Rio Grande Valley. The IceRays will remain at home next week to continue their six-game home stand on Friday and Saturday night versus the Oklahoma City Blazers and the New Mexico Scorpions. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.

The IceRays got on the board quickly when Curtis Huppe redirected a shot past Wylie Rogers 2:55 into the hockey game. The Bees quickly answered at 4:14 when Matt Byrnes tipped a slapshot through Kris Tebbs at 4:14 to tie the score. Huppe reclaimed the lead for the Rays at 12:54 on a power play when the puck caromed from behind the net over the cage, to the low slot and Huppe snapped a shot home for his second of the period.

In the second period the Killer Bees took their first lead thanks to a pair of quick power play goals. With Adam Powell off for a high sticking double-minor, the Bees tied the score at 8:23 when Zak McClellan redirected a shot just inside the left post. 21 seconds later, while still on the power play, Nic Dumoulin scored from the left circle to give the Bees a 3-2 lead that held through the remainder of the period.

The IceRays pulled Tebbs in the closing minutes and hit the post on a scramble in the final minutes, but that's as close as they would get. Neither team found the back of the net in the third period and the Killer Bees held on for the 3-2 victory.

Kris Tebbs (17-16-3) suffered the loss making 23 saves on 25 shots. Wylie Rogers (13-8-2) earned the win making 29 saves on 31 shots. The IceRays power play went 1-7 and the Bees went 2-7 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Bees 31-27.

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