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Bucks Finish Week On High Note

February 17, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Laredo Bucks News Release

LAREDO, Texas – The Laredo Bucks suffered a couple of tough losses over the weekend, but rebounded with a strong finish to the week. The Bucks lost 4-3 in Corpus Christi on Friday and dropped a 2-0 decision in Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, but posted a 4-2 victory in Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday night. The Bucks are home on Friday against the New Mexico Scorpions. Saturday Laredo travels to Odessa, and then Sunday they are on the road at Amarillo. For tickets or more information call (956) 718-BUCKS (2825) or log onto www.laredobucks.com and purchase your tickets online.

BUCKS OVERALL RECORD: 22-20-2 (46 Points, 3rd in SE Division)-----Won One

BUCKS HOME RECORD: 15-6-2-----Won One

BUCKS ROAD RECORD: 7-14-0-----Won One

BUCKS VERSUS UPCOMING OPPONENTS

· NEW MEXICO SCORPIONS • This is the first and only meeting of the year between the teams.

2003-04: The Scorpions won the only meeting of the season between the clubs with a 4-3 overtime decision in Albuquerque. The Bucks are 2-0-1 all time against New Mexico, including 1-0-0 at the LEC.

· ODESSA JACKALOPES · This is the third of four meetings this year between the teams. The Jackalopes 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 8-2-1 against the Jackalopes, outscoring Odessa 44-24. The Bucks are 4-1-1 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.

AMARILLO GORILLAS · This is the second of three meetings this year between the teams. The Bucks beat Amarillo 5-3 on November 13th at the LEC. Forward Scott Kelman had a pair of goals. The Bucks host the Gorillas twice and travel to Amarillo once.

2003-04: The Bucks were 0-1-1 against the Gorillas last year. Amarillo rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to beat Laredo 3-2 in a shootout on November 11th, 2003 at the LEC. The Gorillas were one of three teams that defeated the Bucks at the LEC (RGV and BOS being the others). The Gorillas also defeated the Bucks 6-4 on February 7th, 2004 in Amarillo. In the playoffs the teams met in the Southern Conference Finals. The Bucks rallied from a 2-1 series deficit to beat Amarillo in six games. All-time Laredo is 2-2-1 against the Gorillas, including 2-0-1 at home in the regular season.

BUCKS VERY MUCH ALIVE IN THE PLAYOFF HUNT

· The Bucks trail first place Corpus Christi by eight points in the Southeast Division, but the Bucks have three games in hand on the Rayz. The Bucks are five points out of the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference, trailing the Amarillo Gorillas.

CAPTAIN COMES AND GOES

· Laredo captain Brent Cullaton came back to the Bucks and played two games over the weekend. Cullaton was on leave from the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. Cullaton scored a pair of goals on Tuesday night in a 4-2 Bucks win over RGV. He has left Laredo to rejoin the Rampage.

SHUTOUT BY RGV

· The Bucks were blanked 2-0 by Jeff Levy on Saturday. It was the first time RGV had shutout the Bucks in 23 meetings.

ONE GOAL GAME WOES

· The Bucks are just 2-9-2 in one goal games this season, including 0-5-0 on the road. The Bucks lost another tight game, 4-3 last Friday night in COR. Last year Laredo was 13-1-8 in one goal games.

BEVY OF BLANKINGS

· The Bucks have been involved in nine shutouts this year. The Bucks have been blanked six times, while Laredo has done the blanking three times.

STRANGE NUMBERS

· Laredo has had more power play chances than the opposition in just nine of 44 games. In five games this year power play chances have been even.

LONG ROAD AHEAD

· Laredo has 16 games remaining, seven are on home ice.

BUCKS WEEKLY GAME RECAPS

· 02/15/05 – TUESDAY – The defending CHL Champion Laredo Bucks beat the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 4-2 at the Dodge Arena on Tuesday night. Bucks goalie David Guerrera was terrific as he made big save after big save to power Laredo to the win. The Bucks took the season series 7-4-0 from Rio Grande Valley as the teams also engaged in their second line brawl of the season. The Bucks broke a season high five game road losing streak to improve to 22-20-2 with 46 points and remain just five points out of the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. Guerrera was terrific, stopping 29 of 31 shots to get the win and improve to 10-11-1. Jeremy Symington finished up the last 22.2 seconds in net. Jacque Vezina allowed three goals on 32 shots and took the loss to fall to 1-10-2. Jeff Levy finished up in net for the Killer Bees.

Shots Laredo 33 RGV 31

PP Laredo 0-1 RGV 0-3

· 02/12/05 – SATURDAY – The defending CHL Champion Laredo Bucks were shutout 2-0 by the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees on Saturday night at the Dodge Arena. Killer Bees goalie Jeff Levy stopped 29 shots to post the shutout. The Bucks have lost back-to-back games and are now 21-20-2 with 44 points. Laredo is six points out of the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. Levy picked up his first shutout of the season as he improved to 12-19-1. Jeremy Symington allowed two goals on 22 shots and took the hard luck loss to fall to 12-9-1. The Bucks have been shutout in each of Symington’s last two starts.

Shots Laredo 29 RGV 22

PP Laredo 0-6 RGV 0-2

· 02/11/05 – FRIDAY – The defending CHL Champion Laredo Bucks blew a 3-0 lead and lost 4-3 to the Corpus Christi Rayz at the AmericanBank Center on Friday night in front of 4,295 fans. The Bucks had a 3-0 lead after 24 minutes and were totally dominating the game, but allowed four unanswered goals to take the loss. The Bucks are 21-19-2 with 44 points and trail by seven points in the Southeast Division. David Guerrera allowed four goals on 34 shots and took the loss to fall to 9-11-1. Rayz goalie Josh Blackburn allowed three goals on 38 shots and got the win to improve to 12-5-0.

Shots Laredo 38 COR 34

PP Laredo 0-4 COR 1-5

WHY WAIT? BUCKS SINGLE GAME TICKETS AVAILABLE

· Why wait in line? Buy your Bucks tickets online. Take advantage and purchase your Laredo Bucks tickets at www.ticketmaster.com. Use the link on the front page of the Bucks new website. For more information contact the Bucks at (956)-718-BUCKS (2825).

BECOME A BUCKS BACKER

· Support the Bucks by becoming a Corporate Partner. For more information contact the Bucks at (956)-718-BUCKS (2825).

BUCKS IN THE COMMUNITY

· The Laredo Bucks are committed to becoming a part of the Gateway City that they call home. To schedule an appearance by a Bucks player, coach, or member of the front office staff call Nicole Thompson at (956) 523-6586 or email her at nthompson@laredobucks.com.

BUCKS WEEKLY

· Catch Bucks Weekly every Monday night at 6 p.m. Find out the latest news about the Bucks with the hour long program on AM 1490 KLNT.

BUCKS ON THE AIR / INTERNET

· Follow the Bucks all year long on 94.9, The New QURE FM. Tune in live for all 60 Bucks CHL regular season games and the President’s Cup playoffs. Also catch the Bucks live all season long on the world-wide-web at www.sportsjuice.com.

BUCKS HIGHLIGHTS ONLINE

· Listen to audio highlights of the Bucks online at www.laredobucks.com in the multimedia section.

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