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Bucks Slip Past IceRays 4-3 In Shootout

December 8, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

A back and forth contest on Tuesday between the Corpus Christi IceRays and Laredo Bucks needed a shootout to decide a winner, but in the end J.P. Levasseur stopped all four IceRays shooters, as the Bucks outlasted the IceRays 4-3 at the Laredo Entertainment Center. The IceRays got a point to kick off the week as their record moved to 8-10-3 on the year. The IceRays will stay on the road with a Friday night visit to Rio Grande Valley, before hosting the Missouri Mavericks on Saturday night at 7:05pm at the American Bank Center on Caller-Times Family Night. Get a Caller-Times Family Four-pack of tickets for just $34. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.

Corpus Christi began the scoring with a pair of goals 41 seconds apart. Chris Richards stole a Cody Hamilton clearing attempt and moved to the top of the slot where he rifled a slapshot past J.P. Levasseur at 6:55 to make it 1-0 IceRays. Then at 7:36 the IceRays made it 2-0 when Richards stole the puck behind the Bucks net and fed Chad Costello at the bottom of the right circle for a quick goal to increase the lead to 2-0. The Bucks got on the board at 10:28 when Curtis Billsten redirected an Adam Rivet shot on a Bucks power play to cut the IceRays lead to 2-1. The Bucks outshot the IceRays 12-5 in the period, but the IceRays took the lead into the first intermission.

The Bucks turned their deficit into a lead in the second period thanks to a pair of Maxine Lincourt goals on overlapping IceRays penalties. Lincourt took a back-door feed in the left circle to tie the game at 2-2 on a two-man advantage at 6:15 of the period. 45 seconds later, still on the power play, Lincourt scored from the same spot to give the Bucks their first lead of the game at 3-2. The Bucks outshot the IceRays 10-9 in the period and took a one-goal lead into the final frame.

Chad Woollard scored on a turnaround shot from the bottom of the right circle to tie the score in the third at 3:51. The teams traded chances down the stretch of regulation, but neither team found the back of the net. After a scoreless overtime - which featured a Laredo power play - the Bucks went 2-4 in the shootout, and the IceRays were scoreless in four shooters.

Kevin Nastiuk (4-4-1) made 34 saves on 38 shots taking the OT loss. J.P. Levasseur (10-1-3) earned the win stopping 25 of 28 shots. The IceRays power play went 0-5 and the Bucks went 3-8. The IceRays were outshot by the Bucks 38-28 in the game.

The IceRays will stay on the road with a Friday night visit to Rio Grande Valley, before the IceRays host the Missouri Mavericks on Saturday night at 7:05pm at the American Bank Center on Caller-Times Family Night. Get a Caller-Times Family Four-pack of tickets for just $34. Seats are also available in an all-you-can-eat section for just $18 for adults and $12 for children. Tickets are currently available. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.

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