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IceRays Beat Americans 5-2 To Clinch Playoff Berth

March 19, 2010 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Corpus Christi IceRays clinched a playoff berth with a 5-2 win over the Allen Americans on Friday night at the Allen Event Center. Kyle Peto and Ryan Bennett each had two goal nights to send the IceRays to the playoffs for the second straight year, and sixth time in franchise history. Corpus Christi improved to 29-26-8 on the season and will be the #5 ranked team in the Southern Conference facing the #4 Texas Brahmas in the best of three opening round series. Game One will be in Corpus Christi at the American Bank Center on Monday night at 7:05pm. Call 361.814.PUCK or visit www.goicerays.com for more information.

Corpus Christi came out with a lot of energy to open the game, and outshot the Americans 7-2 to open the game. But the period remained scoreless late into the period until 17:55 when Kyle Peto blasted a one-timer from just outside the top of the right circle on a two-man advantage. The goal was the only one of the first period, and the IceRays took a 1-0 lead into the intermission after outshooting the Americans 12-6.

The IceRays came out storming in the second period, scoring three goals and holding the Americans to a season-low, three shots. Corpus Christi made it 2-0 at 2:24 when Ryan Bennett scored from the slot after Chad Woollard set him up on a rush into the offensive zone. 49 seconds later, Kyle Peto scored on a rebound from the end wall to increase the IceRays lead to 3-0 with his second goal of the night. Bruce Graham got Allen on the board with a wrap around goal at 5:42 to cut into the Rays advantage. But Corpus Christi got the lead back to three when Kurtis Dulle's shot from the left point scored off a deflection that caromed past goaltender David McKee for his second goal since joining the Rays. The IceRays outshot the Americans 11-3 in the period.

The Americans scored early in the third to make it 4-2 when Nino Musitelli scored a power play goal, but that's as close as the Americans got. Bennett stamped on the exclamation point with an empty net goal from his own zone at 19:05 to cement the victory for the IceRays.

Kevin Beech (18-11-4) earned the win, making 13 saves on 15 shots. David McKee (2-3) took the loss making 26 saves on 30 shots. The IceRays power play went 2-7 and the Americans went 1-6. The IceRays outshot the Americans 31-15 in the game.

The IceRays will travel to Rio Grande Valley on Saturday to close the season. The game begins at 7:35pm, and can be heard on the radio on ESPN 1230AM in South Texas Call 361.814.PUCK or visit www.goicerays.com for more information.

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