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IceRays Fall to Mudbugs 4-1

January 8, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

Ken Carroll made 36 saves and the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs offense erupted in the second period to help beat the Corpus Christi IceRays 4-1 Thursday night at the American Bank Center. The IceRays loss was just their second in regulation in the last six games and dropped their record to 13-15-4. The remained on point back of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees for third place in the Southeast Division. The IceRays will travel to face the Bees Friday night in Hidalgo and then Laredo on Saturday to complete the week. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361-814-PUCK or visit them online at www.ccrayz.com.

The bad blood between the two teams was evident right off the opening face-off as the teams dropped the gloves two seconds into the game when IceRays defenseman T.J. Reynolds took on Brett Angel. Once play resumed, the IceRays took an early lead when a shot from Matt Smyth from the left circle sailed past Ken Carroll at 1:15. On the ensuing face-off another fight took place continuing the physical tempo. At 14:24 the Mudbugs tied the game when Brett Smith scored a rebound goal to make it 1-1. Later in the period Nick Bachand fought J.R. Bria - his second fight of the period and the third overall of the frame. The IceRays outshot the Bugs 13-11 in the period.

In the second period the Mudbugs took control of the game. A pair of former Rays scored twice in 30 seconds to give the Bugs their first lead of the game. First at 2:55 J.R. Bria scored his first professional goal on a shot from the left point. Then Joe Blaznek tallied from the top of the right circle at 3:25 to make it 3-1. Following the goal, Kris Tebbs was pulled in favor of Dustin Traylen. The IceRays had an opportunity to cut the deficit in half late in the period when Chris Richards was awarded a penalty shot after a shorthanded breakaway was impeded with 1:30 left to play. But Richards was denied by Carroll keeping it 3-1. The Bugs then came down the ice and added a goal at 19:19 when Neil Clark took a feed in the slot and buried a shot past Traylen to make it 4-1 Bugs after two periods. The IceRays outshot the Bugs 15-11 in the period, but trailed by three heading into the final frame.

Neither team scored in the final frame and the game ended 4-1 in favor of the Bugs.

Kris Tebbs (9-8-3) took the loss making 11 saves on 14 shots before being pulled, while Dustin Traylen made 12 saves on 13 shots and didn't figure into the decision. Ken Carroll (9-4-1) earned the win making 36 saves on 37 shots. The IceRays power play went 0-5 while the Mudbugs went 0-2 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Mudbugs 37-27.

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