Bucks Bring The Thunder, Win Finale 7-4
LAREDO, TX- The Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League beat the Wichita Thunder 7-4 Saturday night in front of 5,523 fans at Laredo Energy Arena. The Bucks finish the regular season with a record of 32-20-12 (76 points).
Seven Bucks had multi-point games led by Curtis Billsten who finished the night with one goal and three assists as Laredo notched a season high by scoring seven goals.
Laredo went 4-0-2 in their last six games of the regular season and finished 8-1-3 in their last 12 home games.
The Bucks (18-7-7 at home) had their most productive first period of the season as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Darryl Smith put the Bucks up 1-0 just 1:40 into the game when he scored on a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle. The tally was Smith's team-leading 35th goal of the season.
Laredo would go up 2-0 less than one minute later when Neil Trimm hammered in a shot from the bottom of the left circle to tally his 14th of the campaign.
The Bucks would increase their lead to 3-0 at the 7:27 mark of the first when Maxime Lincourt sent a rifle one-timer from the top of the left circle into the back of the net. Lincourt now has 12 goals on the season.
Eric Giosa would make it 4-0 Laredo with 5:04 left in the first when he scored on a backhander from the right side of the crease. The goal was Giosa's 12th of the year.
Laredo outshot Wichita 14-6 in the first period.
The Bucks increased their lead to 5-0 with 3:09 left in the second period when Todd Griffith picked up a loose puck in the slot and hammered a slap shot into the back of the net. Griffith picked up a goal in two straight games and now has 12 on the season.
The Thunder would get on the board and strike twice in the final minute of the second period to cut Laredo's lead to 5-2.
Anders Strome (19:06) and Ryan Campbell (19:50) tallied for Wichita to cut into the Bucks lead.
Each team put up 12 shots in the second period.
Ryan Lehr put the Bucks up 6-2 when he scored on a rebound 7:52 into the third period to score his second of the season.
Billsten made it 7-2 when he banged in a shot from the bottom of the left circle to pick up his 11th of the year.
Bobby Hughes would score two straight goals for Wichita to make it a 7-4 final.
Kevin Desfosses won his first game since February 18 as he set aside 22 of 26 shots he faced.
Ian Keserich stopped 32 of 39 in the loss for the Thunder.
Laredo outshot Wichita for the game 39-26.
Jarred Mohr was scratched for the fifth straight game with an upper-body injury.
• Discuss this story on the Central Hockey League message board...
Central Hockey League Stories from March 20, 2010
- Eagles End Regular Season With Win - Colorado Eagles
- Rush Drop Final Game of the Regular Season 4-2 - Rapid City Rush
- Golf Tournament Rescheduled; Playoff Tickets On Sale Now - Fort Worth Brahmas
- Brahmas Top 'Bugs to End Regular Season - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
- Americans end regular season with 5-3 win over Gorillas in front of a sellout crowd - Allen Americans
- IceRays Beat Killer Bees 6-3 In Regular Season Finale - Corpus Christi IceRays
- RiverKings Enter Playoffs After Another Win Over Tulsa - Mississippi RiverKings
- Jacks Earn Franchise Record 48th Win - Odessa Jackalopes
- Bucks Bring The Thunder, Win Finale 7-4 - Laredo Bucks
- Thunder Ends Season With Loss - Wichita Thunder
- Amarillo Ends Season in Allen - Amarillo Gorillas
- Texas Heads Into Postseason With Win, Beat Bugs 4-2 - Fort Worth Brahmas
- Get Your Playoff Tickets Now - Corpus Christi IceRays
- Bucks Close Out Regular Season Tonight - Laredo Bucks
- Mudbugs Down Mavs On "Jim Sprott Night" - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
- Mudbugs to Open Playoffs Against Eagles - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
- Rush Win Northern Conference Title Despite 5-4 Shootout Loss to Gorillas - Rapid City Rush
- Nothing Special: 'Dogs Net 7 on Special Teams in Win - Colorado Eagles
- Arizona Tallies Franchise-Record Six Power-Play Goals in 7-6 Win - Arizona Sundogs
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.