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Happy New Year, IceRays Beat Bucks 5-3

December 31, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The IceRays held their own New Year's Eve party in Laredo featuring five different goal and their third straight win in a 5-3 victory over the Laredo Bucks. The win was their third straight over the Bucks and the fourth Corpus Christi win in the last five games. The victory improved the IceRays record to 12-14-4 on the season and 5-2-1 versus the Bucks. The IceRays return to the American Bank Center to host the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs on Friday night at 5:05pm on New Year's Day. It's Frosty Friday where fans can get half-price 24 oz. beers and sodas at the game. Please note the special 5:05pm start time. Tickets are currently available. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.

The IceRays got the only goal of the first period when Chad Costello found R.G. Flath in the slot where he beat Pier Pelletier at 10:44 for his sixth goal of the season at 10:44. It was the eighth time in the last 12 games that Corpus Christi struck first. The IceRays peppered the Bucks net throughout the frame, outshooting the Bucks 17-11 - after outshooting them 15-6 in the first period on Tuesday night. The IceRays took a 1-0 lead into the second period.

The Bucks came back to claim the lead midway through the second thanks to a pair of quick power play goals. Jarred Mohr scored on screened shot from the point at 7:00 of the period to tie the score 1-1. Then Neil Trimm chipped a shot from the right circle over the shoulder of IceRays goaltender Kevin Nastiuk at 8:13 to give the Bucks a 2-1 advantage. It appeared that lead would hold for the remainder of the period, but the IceRays responded with a quick pair of their own late in the frame. Matt Smyth scored his second goal in three games with a slap shot off an offensive zone faceoff win at 17:49. Then 37 seconds later at 18:26, Justin Quenneville found Jereme Tendler at the edge of the left circle while being pulled down and Tendler scored to give the IceRays the lead back at 3-2. The Bucks outshot the IceRays 15-7 in the period, but the IceRays went into the third with a one-goal lead.

The rays put the game away in the third. Quenneville scored on a rebound at 3:30 to make it 4-2, and then Ryan Garbutt scored a shorthanded goal at 7:13 to make it 5-2. The Bucks Darryl Smith scored to close the gap at 9:47, but that's as close as Laredo got.

Kevin Nastiuk (7-8-2) earned the win making 30 saves on 33 shots while Pier Pelletier (0-1) made 27 saves on 32 shots suffering the loss in his Bucks debut. The IceRays power play went 0-6 and the Bucks went 2-8. The IceRays were outshot by the Bucks 33 -32 in the game. The IceRays would like to wish all of of their fans, sponsors and season ticket holders a safe and happy new year.

The IceRays return to the American Bank Center to host the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs on Friday night at 5:05pm on New Year's Day. It's Frosty Friday where fans can get half-price 24 oz. beers and sodas at the game. Please note the special 5:05pm start time. 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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