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IceRays Fall to Mudbugs 5-1 in High-Tempered Game

December 26, 2008 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs beat the Corpus Christi IceRays 5-1 in the first of a home-and-home set with the Corpus Christi IceRays, at the CenturyTel Center on Friday night. But Friday's game will be remembered for a bench-clearing, second period line-brawl that featured a goaltending fight, an IceRays franchise record in penalty minutes, and a 45-minute delay to sort all the infractions out. 14 total players were ejected from the game as the teams raised the stakes in their rivalry before returning to Corpus Christi for a Saturday night rematch. The loss was the third straight for Corpus Christi who fell to 10-13-3 on the year. The teams now return to the American Bank Center on Saturday night at 7:05pm on Champion Hyundai Night on Caller-Times Family Night. Get a Family Four-Pack of tickets in most sections for just $32. Please also note the change in start time for Saturday night to 7:05pm. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361-814-PUCK.

The Mudbugs grabbed the early lead with a pair of goals 2:22 apart. Former Corpus Christi defenseman Todd Paul struck first on a one-timer from the top of the right circle at 5:26 to make the score 1-0. The goal was Paul's second of the season and second in as many games. Then at 7:48, after the IceRays couldn't clear a bouncing puck, it was fed to Tyrel Lucasat the bottom of the right circle and he found the top right corner of the net with a close-range shot to make it 2-0 Mudbugs. The Bugs outshot the IceRays 12-9 in the frame.

After the Bugs increased their lead in the second the game got extremely physical and tempers boiled over. IceRays netminder Kris Tebbs was inserted into the game and hit by the Mudbugs Brett Angel. That led to a fight, and an IceRays power play. Minutes later, Bugs goaltender Ken Carroll was hit outside of his crease, leading to a line brawl that ended with a goaltender fight, 13 player ejections and players coming off the bench to join the melee. After a 45 minute delay to sort out the altercation, the game resumed.

The teams finished the game with just ten skaters a side. Mike Zbriger scored for the IceRays to spoil the shutout at 16:09.

Dustin Traylen (4-7) took the loss making 24 saves on 28 shots and Ken Carroll (5-3-1) earned the win in his first game since Nov. 29th making 11 saves on 11 shots before his ejection. The IceRays power play went 0-6 while the Mudbugs went 1-5 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot by the Bugs 33-26.

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