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IceRays beat Mudbugs 3-1

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

Jeremy Leroux scored twice, Kris Tebbs made33 saves and the Corpus Christi IceRays penalty kill was perfect when they needed to be as the IceRays beat the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs 3-1 at the CenturyTel Center on Tuesday night. The IceRays win improved their record to 20-24-4 on the season, and inched them one point behind the Arizona Sundogs for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. The Rays remained eight points back from the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees who also won on Tuesday. The IceRays now return to the American Bank Center for two games this weekend against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. The Rays and Bees will square off Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 7:45pm, both at the American Bank Center. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.

In the first period, the IceRays controlled the majority of the play outshooting the Bugs 9-3. However, it was an early Bossier-Shreveport goal that got the scoring started 1:16 into the contest. Travis Clayton scored an opportunistic goal banking in a puck off the skates of goaltender Kris Tebbs from behind the end line. The IceRays answered on a power play when Jeremey Leroux muscled a slap shot past Ken Carroll at 5:03 to snap a streak of 49 consecutive penalties killed by the Bugs. The teams closed the period tied 1-1.

In the second period the Mudbugs replaced Carroll with netminder John Horrell. The teams remained tied for much of the frame until Leroux picked off a pass at center ice, and then sprung into the offensive zone where he beat Horrell stick side with a wrist shot from the right circle at 17:45. The Mudbugs outshot the IceRays 20-11 in the period, but the IceRays took the lead into the final frame.

In the third period, the Rays penalty killing was the story. Leading by a goal, the IceRays had to kill off a five-minute major and a 28 second two-man advantage, and they held their ground against the Mudbugs power play. Chris Greene added a late empty net goal at 19:25 to put the game on ice.

Kris Tebbs (16-15-3) earned the win making 33 saves on 34 shots. John Horrell (7-2-1) took the loss making 18 saves on 19 shots. Ken Carroll made eight saves on nine shots and didn't figure into the decision. The IceRays power play went 1-3 while the Mudbugs went 0-5 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot by the Bugs 34-29.

The IceRays will return home this Friday night and Saturday night to take on the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees at the American Bank Center. Friday at 7pm it's "Pink in the Rink" Night, presented by Andrew's Distributing. The ice will be pink, the IceRays will wear pink jerseys and use pink sticks and auction them off to fans with proceeds benefiting breast cancer research. Plus, the first 500 fans get free IceRays throw blankets from Radiology & Imaging. It's all during Frosty Friday where fans get half-price 24 ounce beers at the game. Then on Saturday at 7:45pm, it's a Valentine's Game, presented by Cricket Communications. Plus, on Saturday, sit in an all you can eat section for only 18 dollars for adults and 12 bucks for children. For more information, please call the team at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.

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