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IceRays Fall to Killer Bees 5-2

November 14, 2008 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees used a first period flurry of goals to pace themselves to a 5-2 victory over the Corpus Christi IceRays from the Dodge Arena on Friday Night. The IceRays finished their four-game, road trip with a 2-1-1 mark. Corpus Christi dropped their season record to 3-6-1 and had a three-game point streak snapped. Meanwhile Rio Grande improved to 6-1-1 on the season. The IceRays return home on Saturday Night to host the Amarillo Gorillas on Coastal Community and Teacher's Credit Union Night on Caller-Times Family Night. Get a family four pack of tickets in most sections for just $32. For more information, please contact the IceRays at 361-814-PUCK.

The Killer Bees took early control of the game with three goals in a 2:05 span. Robin Bouchard tallied the first two for the Bees. Both came on the power play. His first goal he redirected off of IceRays defenseman John Adams and into the net at 10:57. Then Bouchard got his second at 12:43 on a one-timer ripped into the top left corner of the net from the inside edge of the right circle. 19 seconds later the Bees struck even strength when Brian Bicek converted a rebound chance from the bottom of the slot to make it 3-0 Killer Bees and complete the flurry. Following the goal, Corpus Christi pulled netminder Kris Tebbs and replaced him with Dustin Traylen. The IceRays cut into the lead shortly after with a power play goal of their own when Chris Richards slid a puck underneath the pads of goaltender Christian Boucher from just outside the crease at 14:43. The Bees took a 3-1 lead into the locker room after each team had 16 shots in the opening frame.

The Killer Bees struck first in the second period when Evan Rankin pounced on a loose puck in the crease that had flipped up and over Dustin Traylen. Rankin swept it into the net to give Rio Grande Valley a 4-1 lead at 7:38. The Rays climbed back within two goals on a power play at 13:04 when John McNabb redirected a slap shot past Boucher to make it 4-3. The IceRays outshot the Bees 14-13 in the period.

The IceRays had to kill off five power plays in the final period and could not find the offense needed for a comeback. Kurtis Dulle scored a shorthanded, empty net goal at 19:35 to cap the scoring.

Tebbs (3-3-1) took the shootout loss making 11 saves on 14 shots while Christian Boucher (2-0) earned the win with 34 saves on 36 shots. Dustin Traylen did not figure into the decision making 22 saves on 23 shots. The IceRays power play went 2-10 while the Bees went 2-11 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot by the Bees 38-36. The IceRays now return to the American Bank Center for a six-game home stand, beginning on Saturday Night when the IceRays host the Amarillo Gorillas at 7:05pm. Tickets to all IceRays games are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets or the American Bank Center Box Office. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.

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