IceRays fall to Bucks, 7-1
The Laredo Bucks scored seven unanswered goals en route to a 7-1 win over the Corpus Christi IceRays Thursday night from the Laredo Entertainment Center. The IceRays loss dropped their record to 18-23-4 on the season, and kept them six points back from the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in the Southeast Division standings and three back from the Arizona Sundogs for the final playoff spot in the South. The IceRays and Bucks will return home for Faith & Family Night on Friday when they host the Laredo Bucks at 7:05pm. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.
The IceRays scored the first goal of the game at 12:26 when Justin Quenneville poked a loose puck into the net off a scramble in the crease. The Bucks came back, however, to take the lead with two straight goals to close the period. At 15:22 Rick Kozak scored a power play goal from the bottom of the slot to tie the score. Then at 19:29, Darryl Smith scored to give the Bucks their first lead on a shot from the right circle after Isaac Reichmuth lost his stick earlier on the play. The IceRays trailed by one after the frame where both teams mustered nine shots on goal.
The Bucks took control in the second period with three goals to extend their lead. Igor Agarunov scored a shorthanded goal at 9:36 to make the score 3-1. Then Kozak broke into the Corpus Christi zone and scored his second of the game from the bottom of the right circle at 11:32 to give the Bucks a 4-1 advantage. Adam Rivet capped the scoring in the period on a slapshot from the blue line through a screen and past Reichmuth at 18:10 to make it 5-1 Bucks after two period.
Smith got his second of the game early in the third period to make it 6-1 Laredo and then Mitch Stephens scored on a power play at 16:27 to make the score 7-1 Bucks.
Isaac Reichmuth (0-1) took the loss in his CHL debut making 21 saves on 27 shots. Sebastien Centomo (16-11-2) earned the win making 12 saves on 13 shots. D.J. Delbuono madefour saves on five shots and did not figure into the decision for the IceRays. Andrew Martin (9-14) made 13 saves on 13 shots and did not figure into the decision for the Bucks. The IceRays power play went 0-5 while the Bucks went 3-11 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot by the Bucks 32-26.
The IceRays and Bucks return to the American Bank Center on Friday night to complete their home and home set. It's Faith & Family Night during another installment of the Fine Jewelry Outlet Great Diamond Giveaway. One lucky fan will win an $8,000 diamond at the game - guaranteed. It could be you. Simply visit Fine Jewelry Outlet in the Sunrise Mall to register for free. It's also Frosty Friday at the game where fans can get half-priced 24 oz. beers. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.
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