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Bucks Cap Terrific Week, Move Alone Into First Place In SE Division

March 10, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Laredo Bucks News Release


LAREDO, Texas – The Laredo Bucks captured seven of a possible eight points in a tough four game in five night stretch on the road to move all alone into first place in the Southeast Division. The Bucks defeated Tulsa 7-3 on Friday then won 4-2 in Topeka on Saturday. Monday the Bucks dropped a 2-1 overtime decision in Wichita, but rebounded with a 4-2 win in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The Bucks are in Corpus Christi on Friday then return home on Saturday against Austin. For Laredo Bucks single game or playoff tickets call (956) 718-BUCKS (2825) or log onto www.laredobucks.com and purchase your tickets online.

WHITEOUT SATURDAY

· The Laredo Bucks have declared a whiteout for their Saturday game against the Austin Ice Bats. The Bucks will assist fans with the whiteout by offering 10 percent off all white merchandise at the Bucks Team Store located at the LEC. Fans are encouraged to wear white in a show of solidarity for the hometown Bucks.

GIVE BLOOD PLAY HOCKEY PART TWO ON SATURDAY

· Saturday fans can donate blood from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the LEC. All donors will receive a Give Blood Play Hockey T-Shirt and also will receive a ticket for a future Bucks game. In addition they will be entered in a drawing for prizes that will be given away during the Bucks game on Saturday.

BUCKS OVERALL RECORD: 30-22-3 (63 Points, 1st in SE Division)-----Won One, (7-0-1 in last Eight games)

BUCKS HOME RECORD: 19-6-2-----Won Five

BUCKS ROAD RECORD: 11-16-1-----Won One, Points in Five straight

BUCKS VERSUS UPCOMING OPPONENTS

· CORPUS CHRISTI RAYZ • This is the last of 12 meetings this year between the teams with the Bucks leading the season series 6-5-0. The Bucks beat the Rayz 4-2 on 10/23 at the LEC in their home opener. Bucks forward Jeff Bes had a hat trick. On 11/05 the Rayz opened up the American Bank Center with three power play goals in a 6-4 win over Laredo. On 11/26 the Bucks jumped to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 5-3 victory at the LEC. Jeff Bes and Brent Cullaton each had a pair of goals. On 11/27 the Rayz registered their first ever win at the LEC, 3-2 over Laredo. On 12/18 the Bucks won 5-1 at Corpus Christi as five different players scored. The Bucks edged the Rayz 3-1 on 12/26 at the LEC as goalie Jeremy Symington stopped 37 of 38 shots. The Rayz came from behind to beat the Bucks 3-2 on 01/14 in Corpus. The Rayz beat the Bucks 1-0 at the LEC on 02/05. It was their second win ever in Laredo as rookie forward Ken McKay scored the only goal. The Bucks rebounded to beat the Rayz 3-1 on 02/08. On 02/11 the Rayz rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Bucks 4-3. The Bucks beat the Rayz 5-1 on 02/26 with goals from five different players. In the series the Bucks are 7-36 on the power play, while the Rayz are 8-66 this year.

2003-04: The Bucks were 11-2-0 against the Rayz last year, including 7-0-0 at home. The Bucks outscored the Rayz 38-14 in those seven home games. All-time Laredo is 27-9-0 against Corpus, including 17-2-0 at the LEC and outscoring them 92-41 on home ice.

· AUSTIN ICE BATS · This is the tenth of 11 meetings this year between the teams. Laredo beat Austin 6-2 at the Bat Cave on 10/24. Bucks forward Jeff Bes had a pair of goals in the win. The Ice Bats responded with a 3-1 win over the Bucks on 11/06 at the LEC. All three Austin goals came on the power play. On 11/12 in Austin the Ice Bats rallied from a 1-0 third period deficit and registered a 4-2 victory. The Bucks beat the Ice Bats 5-2 on 11/16 at the LEC. Serge Dube had a pair of goals. On 11/21 the Ice Bats shutout the Bucks 2-0. Matt Barnes had 27 saves for Austin. On 01/01 the Bucks returned the favor shutting out Austin 2-0. David Guerrera stopped all 19 shots he saw. On 01/22 the Ice Bats rallied for a 5-3 win over the Bucks in Austin. Chris Richards scored the game winner on a power play with 11 seconds to go. The Bucks beat the Ice Bats 6-5 on 01/26 at the LEC. Forward Scott Kelman scored a pair of goals. The Bucks beat the Ice Bats 5-4 on 02/23 at the LEC. The Bucks are 5-36 on the power play in the series, while Austin is 8-56.

2003-04: The Bucks were 8-1-1 last year against Austin and outscored the Ice Bats 37-16. Laredo was 4-1-0 at the Bat Cave. All-time the Bucks are 16-12-1 against Austin, and 6-8-0 all-time at the Bat Cave.

BUCKS BACK IN FIRST

· The Bucks sit in first place in the Southeast Division for the first time since January 1st.

DÉJÀ VU

· The Bucks and Wichita met Monday night exactly 365 days since their last meeting. Last season forward Travis Clayton scored in overtime to beat Laredo 4-3. Monday night Clayton scored in overtime again to beat the Bucks 2-1.

ROAD WIN STREAK

· The Bucks had won three straight road games beginning on 02/26 at COR until suffering a 2-1 overtime loss Monday night in Wichita. Despite that setback the Bucks have registered points in a season high five straight road games (4-0-1). Earlier this season the Bucks won three straight road games from 12/03-12/18, which came during Laredo’s season high eight game win streak.

BUCKS TIE SEASON HIGH FOR GOALS IN A PERIOD

· The Bucks scored four goals Friday night in the third period in a 7-3 win in Tulsa. The four goals in a period tied a season high for goals in a period accomplished twice prior. The Bucks scored four goals in the second period on 12/02 at SNG and four goals in the second period on 12/17 versus RGV.

CAPTAIN CRUNCH

· Laredo forward James Hiebert tied for the CHL playoff lead last season with eight goals. With the Bucks trying to make the playoffs he has nine goals and eleven assists in the last 11 games. Friday night in Tulsa he recorded his second career hat trick then followed up with two goals on Saturday in Topeka. He was named Oakley CHL Player of the Week on Monday.

DOWN THE STRETCH

· Laredo has five games left in the regular season. Three of the games are on home ice.

BUCKS ON SEASON LONG ROAD TRIP

· The Bucks are on a season high five game road trip from last Friday thru this Friday. Laredo is currently 3-0-1.

MAGIC MARK

· Laredo is 24-2-0 when they score four goals or more. In fact in twenty-four of the Bucks thirty wins this year they have scored four goals or more. The Bucks scored four goals or more three times in four road games this past week.

BUCKS WEEKLY GAME RECAPS

· 03/08/05 – TUESDAY – The defending CHL Champion Laredo Bucks capped a four road game in five night stretch by beating the Oklahoma City Blazers 4-2 at the Ford Center on Tuesday night in front of 6,501 fans. The Bucks are 7-0-1 in their last eight games as they grabbed seven of a possible eight points during this road tough stretch. Laredo is now 30-22-3 with 63 points and all alone in first place in the Southeast Division. The Bucks finish a season high five game road trip on Friday night in Corpus Christi. David Guerrera turned in his fourth straight terrific start as he stopped 22 of 24 shots and improved to 14-12-2. Sean Connors allowed three goals on 34 shots to fall to 16-9-7.

Shots Laredo 35 OKC 22

PP Laredo 1-5 OKC 0-6

· 03/07/05 – MONDAY – The defending CHL Champion Laredo Bucks dropped a 2-1 overtime decision in Wichita on Monday night. Despite the loss the Bucks picked up a point and moved into a first place tie atop the Southeast Division with Austin. Laredo is 29-22-3 with 61 points and they have a game in hand on Austin. The Bucks are on the road in the midst of a season high five game road trip. Guerrera allowed just two goals on 26 shots and took the hard luck overtime loss to drop to 13-12-2. Jamie Vandespyker was solid in net for Wichita stopping 23 of 24 to improve to 18-9-2.

Shots Laredo 24 WIC 26

PP Laredo 0-10 WIC 0-5

· 03/05/05 – SATURDAY – 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. 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.

Shots Laredo 33 TOP 34

PP Laredo 1-2 TOP 1-4

· 03/04/05 – FRIDAY – The defending CHL Champion Laredo Bucks were led by a James Hiebert hat trick as they beat the Tulsa Oilers 7-3 in Tulsa on Friday night. The Bucks scored four third period goals to grab their fifth straight win which allowed them to stay tied atop the Southeast Division with Austin, with the Bucks still having a game in hand. Laredo is 28-22-2 with 58 points. The Bucks are on the road in the midst of a season high five game road trip. David Guerrera stopped 28 of 31 shots to improve to 13-12-1. Bill Ruggiero allowed seven goals on 39 shots to fall to 26-15-2.

Shots Laredo 39 TUL 31

PP Laredo 3-4 TUL 1-5

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