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IceRays Nipped By Bucks 2-0

December 17, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

Kyle Gajewski made 33 saves for his first professional shutout and Neil Trimm scored in his first game back in over a month to break a third period scoreless tie as the Laredo Bucks edged the Corpus Christi IceRays 2-0 at the American Bank Center on Thursday night. Corpus Christi's loss dropped their season record to 8-12-4, and 0-4-2 in the last six games. The Bucks win was their 300th regular season franchise victory. The IceRays remain home to close out their three-game home stand versus the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees on Friday night at 7:05pm at the American Bank Center. It's Frosty Friday, featuring half-priced 24 oz. domestic draft beers and half-priced sodas at the game. Tickets are currently available. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.

The IceRays and Bucks played a scoreless opening period. Both teams had their scoring chances in the evenly played frame, but neither found the back of the net. The Bucks outshot the IceRays 11-10.

The teams remained scoreless in the second period, despite quality chances at both ends. Kyle Gajewski robbed Morgan MacLean on an IceRays two-on-one with a left arm save, and Lance Monych hit the crossbar for the Bucks in the late stages of the frame. The period was also highlighted by a pair of fights including a terrific tilt between Ryan Bennett and Justin Styffe. The IceRays outshot the Bucks 11-6 in the period.

The Bucks finally broke the scoreless tie at 7:54 of the third. Neil Trimm redirected an Eric Giosa shot in the slot past Kevin Nastiuk to give the Bucks a 1-0 lead. The IceRays were forced to kill off multiple penalties, including a five-on-three late in the third period while searching for the equalizer and were never able to beat Gajewski. Darryl Smith added an empty net goal for the Bucks at 19:09 to complete the scoring.

Kevin Nastiuk (4-6-2) took the hard luck loss making 29 saves on 30 shots while Kyle Gajewski (3-3-1) earned the win stopping all 33 shots he faced. The IceRays power play went 0-2 and the Bucks went 0-7. The IceRays outshot the Bucks 33-31 in the game.

The IceRays remain home to close out their three-game home stand versus the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees on Friday night at 7:05pm at the American Bank Center. It's Frosty Friday, featuring half-priced 24 oz. domestic draft beers and half-priced sodas at the game. Tickets are currently available. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.

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