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Franck leads Bees past IceRays 2-1

October 24, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

Andy Franck made 40 saves and helped weather an early storm to lead the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees past the Corpus Christi IceRays 2-1 Saturday night from the Dodge Arena. The loss for the IceRays dropped their record to 1-2-1 and wrapped up 1-1 weekend against their biggest rivals. The Bees win was their first of the season and improved their record to 1-2. The IceRays will return to the American Bank Center next week on Friday night and Saturday afternoon for a pair of games. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.

The IceRays were all over the Killer Bees in the opening period, outshooting them 15-6. They got the majority of the scoring chances and spent most of the frame in the offensive zone, but could not get past Andy Franck, who made all 15 saves he needed to, keeping it 0-0 through one period.

The IceRays came out and started the second period the same way, but Franck and the Bees weathered the storm and then came back to take the first lead of the game. On a power play, Shaun Landolt slammed home a rebound at 5:19 to make it 1-0 Bees. The goal seemed to spark the Bees as they caught up in scoring chances and shots, and protected the 1-0 lead for the rest of the period. The Bees outshot the Rays 18-10.

The Bees increased their lead just 11 seconds into the third period when Topher Scott found space on top of Kevin Desfosses and outdeked him to make it 2-0. The IceRays got back within one on a two-man advantage when Jason Tessier scored on a one-timer at 5:44. The IceRays had chances down the stretch but Franck remained solid to preserve the win for Rio Grande Valley.

Desfosses (0-2) took the loss making 28 saves on 30 shots and Andy Franck (1-1) earned the win stopping 40 of 41 shots. The IceRays power play went 1-7 and the Killer Bees went 1-3. The IceRays outshot the Bees 41-30 in the game.

The IceRays return to the American Bank Center next week for a pair of games on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. First on Friday at 7:05pm, the IceRays host the Odessa Jackalopes on Men's Night, presented by Classic Rock 104.5FM. It's also Frosty Friday where fans can get 24 oz. domestic beers at the game. Then on Saturday at 3:05pm, the Rays welcome the Arizona Sundogs for a matinee game on Halloween. Come trick or treat with the IceRays. All kids 14 and under who dress up in a costume will get into the game free. Fans can also 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.

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