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IceRays beat Bucks 5-4 in final second of overtime

October 10, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

If the first preseason look at the Corpus Christi IceRays is a sign of things to come, fans in South Texas have a lot to look forward to over the next five months. Maxime Boisclair scored the game winning goal with one second left in overtime and Rob Jarvis had a hat trick in regulation to lead the IceRays over the rival Laredo Bucks 5-4 on Saturday Night in a preseason exhibition contest in front of 5,229 fans at the American Bank Center. The game was the lone at home of the exhibition season.

Neither team scored in the first period, as the IceRays held a 14-6 shot advantage. The IceRays continued to outchance the Bucks into the middle frame and broke the scoreless tie with a pair of Jarvis tallies midway through. At 7:14 of the period, Jarvis uncorked a shot for a power play goal to open the scoring. He made it 2-0 IceRays later in the frame on a one-timer at 11:46. Laredo got on the board when Evan Schwabe jammed home a loose puck in front of the net at 16:10 to make it 2-1 IceRays after two periods.

In the third period the teams exploded offensively, combining for five goals. IceRays veteran Chad Woollard roofed a shot from the left circle at 6:44 to increase the IceRays lead to 3-1. Shortly after that fans were introduced to IceRays newcomer Tyler Sheldrake who won over the large crowd with a furious fight with Laredo's Ian Clarke. The momentum gained by the fight, however, was short lived as Laredo turned to score three straight goals in a 2:22 span to take their first lead of the game. The IceRays were able to respond with Jarvis' third of the night at 14:54 to force overtime.

In the extra session, the Rays literally waited until the final second to secure the game. On a four-on-three power play, Jeff Alcombrack faked a shot and fed Boisclair at the bottom of the right circle, where he redirected it into a empty side of the net to give the IceRays the 5-4 victory. The power play goal was one of four Corpus Christi scored on the night, going 4/12. The Bucks finished the night 2/6 on the man advantage.

The IceRays are now 1-0 in the preseason and will conclude their short exhibition schedule with a Sunday night contest in Rio Grande Valley. The IceRays regular season begins on Friday night in Odessa, and the club returns for the Caller-Times Best of the Best Home Opener on Saturday night, 7:05pm at the American Bank Center. Great ticket specials are available for children and adults, and the first 1,000 fans will receive complimentary IceRays magnet schedules courtesy of Janet's Cakery. It's all the first installment of the Fine Jewelry Outlet Great Diamond Giveaway. Make sure you're there for the first home game of the regular season as the IceRays host the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. For ticket information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK (7825) or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.

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