Bucks Score Two in Third To Best Bees
HIDALGO, TX- The Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League beat the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 4-2 Saturday night at State Farm Arena. The Bucks picked up their fourth win in their last five games as they improve to 23-16-8 (54 points). The Bucks remain one point behind Texas for third place in the Southern Conference.
Adam Rivet scored two goals while Jeff Bes and Darryl Smith each picked up a goal and an assist to help Laredo improve to 7-0-2 against Rio this season.
Pier Pelletier won his second straight start for the Bucks as he stopped 36 of 38 shots he faced. The Bucks are 5-0 at State Farm Arena this season.
Smith put the Bucks ahead 3-2 with just 6:40 left in the third period when he jammed in a rebound on the power-play from the right side of the crease. Smith leads the Bucks with 26 goals on the season.
Bes added an empty net goal from center ice with 13 seconds left to seal the win for Laredo as they won their 60th all-time regular season game against Rio.
Neither team was able to score in the first period with each team coming up empty on multiple power-plays. Laredo was 0-for-three while Rio was 0-for-two with the man advantage in the first.
The Bucks outshot the Bees 20-13 in the opening period.
The Bees (19-21-7) took a 1-0 lead just 3:32 into the second when Daymen Rycroft scored a power-play goal from the bottom of the hash marks. The tally was Rycroft's 17 of the campaign.
The Bucks would tie the game at 1-1 a little over two minutes later when Rivet jammed in a rebound on the left side of the crease to score his seventh of the season and his first since January 3rd.
Rivet passed Brent Cullaton for fifth place all-time in Bucks history with 74 career goals.
Rio would re-take the lead at 2-1 less than two minutes later at the 7:29 mark when Jesse Bennefield scored a breakaway goal to pick up his team-leading 24th of the season.
Rivet would tie the game at 2-2 with 5:05 left in the second when he hammered in a slap shot from the left point on the power-play. The strike was Rivet's second of the night and ninth of the season (75 career with Laredo).
Each team put up eight shots in the second period.
The Bucks outshot the Bees in the contest 43-38.
Andy Franck stopped 40 of 43 shot he faced for the Bees as he falls to 2-4-3 against the Bucks this season.
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