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IceRays Drop Game One 5-1 to Killer Bees

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

The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees rode four first period goals past the Corpus Christi IceRays Monday night in a 5-1 win in Game One of the Southern Conference best-of-three Opening Round. The Bees took a 1-0 series lead with the victory. The series now shifts to the American Bank Center on Wednesday night at 7:05pm for Game Two the opening round. It's a must win game for the IceRays to extend their season. Tickets are available for as little as $7. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at

The Killer Bees laid a claim on the game early on with a barrage of goals in the first period. Aaron Lee got it started 52 seconds into the game taking a feed in the slot and sliding a puck underneath Tebbs to give the Bees the lead. Rio Grande extended the score to 2-0 when Topher Scott scored at 6:02. Grant Goeckner-Zoeller scored on a Bees power play at 8:19 to make it 3-0 and Jesse Bennefield made it 4-0 on a two-on one goal from the left circle at 11:19 to cap the first period scoring. The Bees outshot the Rays 15-9 in the frame.

The IceRays got on the board in the second when they set up in the offensive zone while shorthanded. Jereme Tendler found a loose puck after a shot from the blue line and buried a rebound at 12:05. But the Bees reclaimed their four goal lead in the final minute of the frame when Nic Dumoulin scored on a one-timer from the right point at19:49. The Bees took a 5-1 lead into the final period. Corpus Christi outshot Rio Grande 8-7 in the period.

Neither team scored in the final period, but bad blood boiled over as the IceRays and Bees engaged in several scrums throughout the frame.

Kris Tebbs (0-1) took the loss making 30 saves on 35 shots. Wylie Rogers (1-0) earned the win making 30 saves on 31 shots. The IceRays power play went 0-7 and the Bees went 2-11 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot by the Bees 35-31.

The teams will return to Corpus Christi on Wednesday night at 7:05pm for Game Two of the Opening Round series. Don't miss your chance to be part of the 2009 Ray Miron's President's Cup Playoffs. Tickets are on sale now starting at just $7. Tickets are available at the American Bank Center Box Office or Ticketmaster outlets. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK.

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