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IceRays beat Bucks 4-3 in shootout

March 4, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

A two-goal third period and a solid effort in a shootout led the Corpus Christi IceRays to a 4-3 comeback win over the Laredo Bucks 4-3 at the Laredo Entertainment Center on Wednesday night. Corpus Christi's win improved their record to 24-27-5 on the season, and moved them one point ahead of the Arizona Sundogs, pending their result Wednesday night and five ahead of the New Mexico Scorpions for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. The IceRays retain a game in hand over Arizona. The IceRays remained eight points behind Rio Grande Valley. The IceRays will now continue their five-game road trip on Wednesday versus the Texas Brahmas. There are just three home games left. Make your plans to see the IceRays before time runs out. For more information on the IceRays, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.

The IceRays dominated the play in the opening period and took the first lead of the contest early. At 2:19 Jozef Sladok took a pass from behind the net and slid a shot underneath Laredo netminder Andrew Martin to make the score 1-0. It was Sladok's first professional goal. The IceRays maintained that advantage through the period and outshot the Bucks 12-2 in the first.

The Bucks came back in the second and thanks to a pair of quick goals took over the lead. At 2:13 Erick Lizon let a wrist shot go from the right circle that trickled off the pads of Kris Tebbs and slid into the net. Just over two minutes later at 4:18 Igor Agarunov scored a power play goal finishing off an odd-man rush with a goal from the left circle. The Bucks held on to that lead throughout the remainder of the period, and outshot Corpus Christi 15-8 in the frame,

The Rays tied the game early in the third when Ryan Crane wristed home a rebound from just outside of the crease at 1:59. Moments later Brent Cullaton scored a power play goal for the Bucks at 5:00 of the third to reclaim Laredo's lead. But the IceRays answered at 8:11 when Adam Powell scored to force overtime. After a scoreless OT, the Rays got four saves from Tebbs and Jereme Tendler and Chris Richards scored to give the IceRays the victory. Tendler's goal stood as the game winner. The win was the IceRays first this season when trailing after two periods.

Kris Tebbs (20-18-4) earned the win making 21 saves on 24 shots. Martin (13-16-1) took the loss making 27 saves on 30 shots. The IceRays power play went 0-3 and the Bucks went 2-4 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Bucks 31-24. On Friday the IceRays continue their five-game road trip in North Richland Hills against the Texas Brahmas. For more information, please call the Rays at 361.814.PUCK.

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