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Controversial Goal Helps Bucks Edge IceRays 4-3 In Shootout

February 9, 2010 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

A controversial, third period Laredo Bucks goal forced overtime on Tuesday afternoon as the Bucks edged the Corpus Christi IceRays 4-3 in a shootout. The IceRays moved to 19-20-7 on the year, and 0-6 in shootouts. Despite the loss, Corpus Christi earned a point and moved into a tie with Rio Grande Valley for fifth place in the Southern Conference, and extended their point streak to seven games over Laredo. The IceRays will travel to Rio Grande Valley on Friday before returning home on Saturday, Feb. 13th at 7:45pm for Pink in the Rink Night. Come be a part of the IceRays fundraising night supporting the fight against breast cancer. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at

The IceRays opened the scoring with a Ryan Garbutt goal at 7:50 to give Corpus Christi a 1-0 lead. However, the Bucks answered back with a pair of special teams goals. At 10:21 Curtis Billsten scored an unassisted shorthanded goal on a shot from the left circle to tie the score. Eric Giosa then gave the Bucks their first lead on a power play goal at 13:22 to make it 2-1 Laredo after one period. The IceRays outshot the Bucks 15-13 in the frame.

The IceRays began the second period on a two-man advantage and capitalized immediately. Kyle Peto scored on a one-timer from the blue line 23 seconds into the period to tie the score 2-2. Later in the period, Chad Woollard scored his CHL-leading 29th goal of the year on a blistering wrist shot from the left circle off the right post and into the net at 6:40. The IceRays protected their 3-2 lead for the remainder of the period. The Rays outshot the Bucks 9-7 in the second.

The only goal of the period came in disputed fashion and forced overtime. Jeff Bes sent a shot from the slot that appeared to deflect off the crossbar and wide. However, after the next stoppage referee Justin Greene discussed the play with the goal judge and called it a goal at the 8:08 mark. After a scoreless overtime, the Bucks went 2-4 in the shootout, and the IceRays went 0-4. Darryl Smith was credited with the game winning goal in the extra session.

Kevin Beech (8-5-3) took the overtime loss, making 35 saves on 38 shots. Kevin Desfosses (9-7-1) earned the win making 33 saves on 36 shots. The IceRays power play went 2-10 and the Bucks went 1-8. The IceRays were outshot by the Bucks 39-36 in the game.

After starting this week on the road, the IceRays will return home to host the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs on Pink in the Rink Night, presented by Andrew's Distributing and Radiology & Imaging this Saturday night at 7:45pm. Pink in the Rink Night is an annual event where the Rays join with the American Cancer Society of Corpus Christi to help the fight against breast cancer. The IceRays will wear special pink jerseys that will be auctioned off to fans at the game. They will also use pink sticks and give away pink t-shirts this Saturday. Proceeds from the game go to benefit the American Cancer Society. Caller-Times Family Four packs of tickets are available for just $34, and tickets in an all-you-can-eat section are also available for $18 for adults and $12 for children. Additionally, tickets on game day can be purchased in the Flint Hill's Chill Zone for just $7 each.

Saturday's Pink in the Rink Night is also another installment of the Fine Jewelry Outlet Great Diamond Giveaway. One lucky fan will win an $8,000 diamond at the game, GUARANTEED. To register, simply visit Fine Jewelry Outlet in the Sunrise Mall then attend Saturday's game. Registration is free and quick. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at

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