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Bucks Beat Tarantulas 4-2, Laredo Wins Sixth Straight

March 5, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Laredo Bucks News Release

TOPEKA, Kansas – The defending CHL Champion Laredo Bucks were powered by a pair of James Hiebert goals as they beat the Topeka Tarantulas 4-2 on Saturday night. Hiebert has five goals in the last two games and nine goals and nine assists in the last nine games as the Bucks, in the midst of their playoff drive, picked up their sixth straight win. Laredo is 29-22-2 with 60 points and they are all alone in first place in the Southeast Division. The Bucks are on the road in the midst of a season high five game road trip. The Bucks are in Wichita on Monday. Laredo returns home on March 12th against Austin. For Laredo Bucks season or single game tickets call (956)-718-BUCKS (2825) or log onto www.laredobucks.com and buy tickets online.

The Bucks quickly got on the scoreboard as forward Petr Taticek lit the lamp on a rebound for the second straight game just 90 seconds in for a 1-0 Laredo lead. The Tarantulas came back on the power play as forward Mike Lukajic snapped home a wrist shot at 13:12 to tie the game at one goal. Later in the period the Bucks went to work on a power play chance of their own. Defenseman Phillippe Lauze fired a shot from the point that deflected into the net off the left shin pad of Hiebert at 18:50 to make it 2-1 Laredo. It was the fourth goal in two nights for Hiebert and his 16th of the year.

Neither team scored until the final seconds of the second period. Bucks forward Hans Benson carried the puck into the Topeka zone and dropped it on the wall for forward Darryl Lloyd. Lloyd cut off the boards and gunned a shot from the slot that was stopped, but forward Igor Agarunov was there to bat in the rebound with 10.3 seconds to go in the period. It was the 11th goal of the season for Agarunov and extended the Bucks lead to 3-1.

The Tarantulas quickly got back in the game as forward Dallas Flaman scored just 2:50 into the third period to cut the Bucks lead to 3-2. Once again Hiebert had the answer as he one-timed home a pass from forward Jeff Bes at 8:43 to seal the Bucks win with his second goal of the contest. FINAL SCORE Laredo 4, Topeka 2.

Jeremy Symington was solid stopping 32 of 34 shots to improve to 16-10-1. David St. Germain took the loss to fall to 11-25-3 allowing four goals on 33 shots. The Bucks were 1-2 on the power play while Topeka was 1-4.

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