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IceRays Double Up Bucks 4-2 For First Win Of Season

October 23, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Corpus Christi IceRays knew if they kept playing the way did in the opening weekend the positive results were sure to come. On Friday night, they kept to their blueprint and broke into the win column with a 4-2 victory over the Laredo Bucks at the American Bank Center. Four different IceRays scored and Kris Tebbs anchored the IceRays net with a 31 save performance to lift the IceRays record to 1-1-1 on the young season. In the process, they also handed Laredo their first loss of the year, dropping the Bucks record to 2-1. The IceRays will conclude the week with a trip to Rio Grande Valley on Saturday night at 7:35pm. The game will air locally in the Coastal Bend on 1150AM KCCT. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.

The IceRays wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Jeff Alcombrack got the IceRays power play started. Alcombrack cancelled out a shorthanded rush for Laredo and took the puck coast to coast before scoring on a wrist shot from just inside the blue line 59 seconds into the game. Laredo answered on a power play when Adam Rivet beat Tebbs high glove side at 3:58 to tie the score 1-1. The IceRays moved back in front on a strange play at 13:05. After an Alcombrack shot from the point caromed off traffic, Rivet mishandled the puck into his own net and Ryan Bennett was credited with the goal to give the Rays a 2-1 lead. The IceRays were outshot 13-10 in the frame.

Neither team scored in the second, but the IceRays dominated the shots and scoring chances, outshooting the Bucks 13-2 in the period.

In the third, the IceRays increased their lead when R.G. Flath scored in his IceRays and season debut ona redirection from the top of the crease at 14:49. The goal gave the IceRays their first two-goal lead of the night at 3-1. But the Bucks would not go quietly. Laredo brought the lead down to one when Robin Richards scored at 18:11 to make it 3-2 Corpus Christi. The Bucks pulled their goaltender looking for the equalizer, but IceRays defenseman Steve Later tacked on the exclamation point with an empty net goal from behind his own net at 19:51 to cap the scoring.

Tebbs (1-0-1) earned the win making 31 saves on 33 shots and Kyle Gajewski (1-1) took the loss stopping 36 of 39 IceRays shot. The IceRays power play went 2-7 and the Bucks went 1-8. The IceRays outshot the Bucks 40-33 in the game.

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