Bucks edge IceRays
Darryl Smith scored with 16.8 seconds left to break a third period tie as the Laredo Bucks beat the Corpus Christi IceRays 4-3 Saturday Night from the Laredo Entertainment Center. The IceRays loss dropped their season record to 10-11-3, and kept Corpus Christi one point behind the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees for third place in the Southeast Division. The IceRays will return home to once again host the Jackalopes on Tuesday night at the American Bank Center at 7:05pm. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, please contact the IceRays at 361-814-PUCK.
The IceRays opened the scoring, tallying first for the seventh time in the last nine games. Ryan Bennett found space in the right circle and sent a low wrist shot past Ryan Gibb at 4:23 to make the score 1-0. The Bucks, however scored two in a row to take their first lead. At 12:08 Steve Weidlich held the puck in the zone with a slapshot from the right point that went past a screened Dustin Traylen to tie the score. Then at 16:24 a turnover in the Rays zone led to a Ryan Salvis rebound goal to give the Bucks a 2-1 lead. The Bucks outshot the IceRays 11-5 in the period.
Corpus Christi tied the score in the second period when Adam Powell's centering pass from the left wing boards deflected off of Laredo's Ryan Hand and into the net to tie the score at 6:26. The Bucks regained the lead on a power play when Bobby Russell scored from the bottom of the right circle on a sharp angle shot that banked off of Traylen and scored at 15:55. The Bucks outshot the IceRays 13-11 in the period, and took a 3-2 lead into the final frame.
The IceRays tied the score when Chris Richards tallied from the bottom of the slot at 3:24. The goal was Ricahrds' 669th all-time CHL point moving him into a tie with Hardy Sauter for fifth place on the league's all-time scoring list. That set the stage for Smith's game-winning goal on a rebound at 19:43.
Dustin Traylen (4-6) took the loss making 29 saves on 33 shots and Ryan Gibb (7-1-1) earned the win making 21 saves on 24 shots. The IceRays power play went 0-3 while the Bucks went 1-5 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot by the Bucks 33-24.
The IceRays return to the American Bank Center on Tuesday night to once again host the Odessa Jackalopes. Tickets to all IceRays games are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets or the American Bank Center Box Office. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.
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