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IceRays Beat Bucks 2-1 in Shootout

December 11, 2008 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

Beginning a tough week of hockey the Corpus Christi IceRays needed complete, hard-working efforts to come away with points. On Thursday Night, they got exactly that with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Laredo Bucks at the American Bank Center. Ryan Bennett had the shootout game-winner and added an assist, while Dustin Traylen stopped 33 of 34 shots and all three Laredo shootout chances for the IceRays first division win this season. The IceRays snapped the Bucks six-game winning streak, and improved their record to 8-9-2 on the year. The IceRays now head on the road for a pair of games this weekend on Saturday Night and Amarillo and Sunday afternoon in Odessa to conclude the week before returning to Corpus Christi next Thursday on Z-95 College Night when the IceRays host the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees at 7:05pm. For more information, please contact the IceRays at 361-814-PUCK.

The teams played a fast-paced scoreless period to open the hockey game. The IceRays outshot the Bucks 14-10 in a back and forth frame that kept both teams off the board.

The IceRays threw everything they had at the Laredo net in the second period, putting up 22 shots on net - one shy of a season high. On their 30th shot of the game, they finally broke through against Bucks netminder Ryan Gibb when Chris Richards scored a rebound power play goal at 12:11 from Adam Powell and Ryan Bennett. The IceRays outshot the Bucks 22-5 in the frame and took a 1-0 lead into the third period.

The Bucks turned things around in the third period, outchancing the IceRays and getting the equalizer at 5:04 when Ryan Salvis converted his own rebound to tie the score at 1-1. After a scoreless end to regulation, and overtime, the game went to a shootout. IceRays forwards Bennett, Zbriger and Quenneville scored in the shootout and Traylen handled the rest stoning Jason Dixon, Darryl Smith and Jeff Bes to give the Rays the victory.

Dustin Traylen (3-4) earned the win making 33 saves on 34 shots. He has now stopped 100 of the last 104 shots against. At the other end, Ryan Gibb (6-1-1) was tremendous in defeat making 47 saves on 48 shots, but allowing three of four goals in a shootout. The IceRays power play went 1-7 while the Bucks went 0-5 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Bucks 49-34.

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