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Bucks Clinch SE Division Title, Will Wear St Patrick’s Day Jerseys Wednesday

March 15, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Laredo Bucks News Release

LAREDO, Texas – The Laredo Bucks won both games this past weekend to clinch their second straight Southeast Division title. The Bucks went on the road and beat Corpus Christi 4-2 on Friday, then came home and defeated the Austin Ice Bats 4-3 on Saturday before a sellout crowd of 8,002 at the LEC. Laredo hosts Austin again on Wednesday, travels to Fort Worth on Friday then closes the regular season at home on Saturday against Odessa. For Laredo Bucks single game or playoff tickets call (956) 718-BUCKS (2825) or log onto www.laredobucks.com and purchase your tickets online.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY JERSEYS

· The Bucks will wear green St. Patrick’s Day Jerseys on Wednesday when they host the Austin Ice Bats at the LEC. Face off set for 7 p.m. The green jerseys will be auctioned off after the game.

ANOTHER WHITEOUT SATURDAY

· The Laredo Bucks have declared another whiteout for their Saturday game against the Odessa Jackalopes. 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.

PLAYOFF TICKETS

· Season ticket holders have until this Saturday to purchase their playoff tickets and reserve their seats for the post-season.

BUCKS OVERALL RECORD: 32-22-3 (67 Points, 1st in SE Division)-----Won Three, (9-0-1 in last Ten games)

BUCKS HOME RECORD: 20-6-2-----Won Six

BUCKS ROAD RECORD: 12-16-1-----Won Two, Points in Six straight

BUCKS VERSUS UPCOMING OPPONENTS

· AUSTIN ICE BATS · This is the final 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. Laredo beat Austin 4-3 last Saturday on a third period goal by rookie forward Darryl Lloyd. The win clinched the SE Division for the Bucks. The Bucks are 5-42 on the power play in the series, while Austin is 9-60.

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 17-12-1 against Austin, and 11-4-1 at the LEC.

· FORT WORTH BRAHMAS • This is the final of two meetings this year between the teams. The Bucks beat the Brahmas 4-1 on 12/11 at the LEC.

2003-04: The Bucks were 3-0-0 last year against the Brahmas, including 1-0-0 at the LEC against Fort Worth. All-time the Bucks are 8-0-1 against Fort Worth, outscoring the Brahmas 36-21.

· ODESSA JACKALOPES · This is the final of four meetings this year between the teams. The Jackalopes beat the Bucks in Odessa 3-0 on February 19th. The Jackalopes also won 3-2 on January 7th at the LEC. The Bucks won 5-3 in Odessa on 12/04. Defenseman Dion Hyman scored a pair of goals for Laredo.

2003-04: The Bucks were 4-0-1 against the Jackalopes last year, including 1-0-1 in Odessa. All-time Laredo is 8-3-1 against the Jackalopes, outscoring Odessa 44-27. The Bucks are 4-2-1 in Odessa all-time. The teams met in the first round of the 2002-03 CHL playoffs with the Bucks winning the best of five series in five games.

A LITTLE MORE DRAMA

· Last season the Bucks clinched the Southeast Division on February 11th, with 25 games left in the regular season. This year it took a little longer with the Bucks clinching on March 12th and only three regular season games left.

WHAT A STRETCH

· Three weeks ago the Bucks were sitting in third place and on the outside in the playoff chase looking in. The Bucks beat Austin 5-4 on 2/23 and that sparked them on a 9-0-1 stretch that saw them clinch the Southeast Division this past Saturday night. Laredo has outscored the opposition 42-24 (4.2 to 2.4 per game) during this stretch.

BUCKS HAVE CHANCE TO WIN THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE

· The Bucks are just two points back of the top spot in the Southern Conference. As Southeast Division champs the Bucks have clinched home ice advantage thru the first round of the playoffs, but as conference champs the Bucks would then have home ice thru the first two rounds.

ROAD HOT STREAK

· After struggling on the road all season the Bucks have gotten hot away from the LEC. Laredo has recorded points in six straight road games, going 5-0-1 during this stretch.

HOT GOALIES

· David Guerrera is 5-0-1 in his last six starts. He has stopped 159 of 172 shots for a save percentage of .924 over this stretch. Guerrera has started four straight games. Jeremy Symington has stopped 162 of 174 shots for a .931 save percentage over his last seven starts.

BUCKS TIE SEASON HIGH

· Laredo fired 46 shots on Saturday against Austin tying a season high for shots on goal. The Bucks also had 46 shots on 11/27 against Corpus Christi.

BUCKS WEEKLY GAME RECAPS

· 03/12/05 – SATURDAY – The defending CHL Champion Laredo Bucks clinched their second straight Southeast Division title with a 4-3 win over the Austin Ice Bats in front of a sellout crowd of 8,002 at the Laredo Entertainment Center on Saturday night. Forward Steve Simoes scored a goal and had a pair of assists to lead Laredo to their third straight win as they improved to 9-0-1 in their last 10 games. Overall the Bucks are 32-22-3 with 67 points and the Bucks are just two points out of the top spot in the Southern Conference. David Guerrera won his third straight start and is 5-0-1 in the last six games. Guerrera improved to 16-12-2 overall as he stopped 31 of 34 shots. Matt Barnes took the loss allowing four goals on 46 shots to fall to 22-15-3.

Shots Laredo 46 AUS 34

PP Laredo 0-6 AUS 1-4

· 03/11/05 – FRIDAY – The defending CHL Champion Laredo Bucks eliminated the Corpus Christi Rayz from playoff consideration with a 4-2 win in front of 5,158 fans at the American Bank Center. Laredo defenseman Oriel McHugh scored a pair of goals to power the attack as the Bucks improved to 8-0-1 in the last nine games. The Bucks are 31-22-3 with 65 points and the Laredo win, coupled with an Austin Ice Bats loss to Rio Grande Valley, means the Bucks can clinch the Southeast Division title with a win at home Saturday against the Ice Bats. David Guerrera was solid stopping 21 of 23 shots to improve to 4-0-1 in his last five starts and overall to 15-12-2. Brent Zelenewich took the loss allowing four goals on 36 shots to drop to 11-14-7.

Shots Laredo 36 COR 23

PP Laredo 1-6 COR 0-2

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