IceRays clip Bees 3-2
Chris Richards had the game-winning goal and added an assist to become the fifth ever member of the CHL's 700-point club as the Corpus Christi IceRays beat the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 3-2 on Friday night from the American Bank Center. The win was just part of the festivities of the IceRays "Pink in the Rink" Night - promoting the fight against breast cancer. In addition to the win, the IceRays raised several thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. The IceRays win improved their record to 21-24-4 on the season, and pushed them back into a playoff spot with Arizona's loss in Amarillo. Corpus Christi is now one point ahead of the Sundogs, and just six points behind Rio Grande Valley. The IceRays and Killer Bees will rematch Saturday night at the American Bank Center on the IceRays Valentine's Game, presented by Cricket Communications. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.
RGV's Topher Scott didn't take long to get the scoring started, tallying the first goal of the game just 56 seconds into the contest. The IceRays answered at 7:46 on a one-timer from the left circle from Adam Powell. Corpus Christi took their first lead at 2-1 when Ryan Crane scored on a rebound at 14:03. The Bees would come back to tie the score late in the period when Dennis Maxwell scored on a beautiful move capping a two-on-one at 18:12. Both teams had 11 shots on goal, and the IceRays and Bees went into the first intermission tied 2-2.
In the second period the IceRays recaptured the lead when Curtis Huppe found Chris Richards at the top of the crease and Richards flipped a backhand over Christian Boucher at 12:19 for his team-leading 26th goal of the season. The goal was his second point of the night and the 700th of his CHL career as he became the fifth player ever to accomplish that feat. The Rays outshot the Bees 11-7 in the period and took a 3-2 lead into the final period.
Neither team found the back of the net in the third period and the IceRays held on for the 3-2 victory.
Kris Tebbs (17-15-3) suffered the loss making 23 saves on 25 shots. Christian Boucher (12-12-2) suffered the loss making 24 saves on 27 shots. The IceRays power play went 0-5 and the Bees also went 0-5 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Bees 27-25.
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