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IceRays Route Killer Bees 6-0 To Move Into Playoff Spot

January 31, 2010 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

Kevin Beech turned aside all 26 shots he faced in his IceRays debut, and six different players scored as the Corpus Christi IceRays closed their week with a 6-0 rout of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees on Sunday night at the American Bank Center. The win was their third in the last four games against Rio Grande Valley, and completed a 2-1 week for the IceRays. It also moved them to.500 on the season, and into a tie with the Bees for fifth place in the Southern Conference. The IceRays improved to 18-18-6 on the year. The IceRays will hit the road for a Tuesday night visit to the Odessa Jackalopes. They then return home on Thursday to host Amarillo and then Friday night welcoming Texas. Tickets are available for both games. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.

Corpus Christi came out flying in the first period, scoring early and often and playing a very physical brand of hockey. Chad Woollard opened the scoring at 2:02 with his CHL-leading 24th goal of the season on a slapshot that caromed off goaltender Wylie Rogers, and bounced over his head and into the net behind him. Minutes later at 4:44, a Ryan Garbutt check ion the Bees zone worked the puck free and R.G. Flath took a pass in the right circle and wristed a shot past Rogers to make it 2-0. The IceRays padded their lead to 3-0 at 14:05 when Adam Powell's offensive zone hit created a turnover and Ryan Bennett capped a give and go from the slot with the Rays third goal in the frame. Corpus Christi outshot Rio Grande Valley 13-9.

It was more of the same in the second period for the IceRays. They made it 4-0 at 13:25 on a Justin Quenneville turnaround shot in the slot. At 19:15, Chris Richards sent a wrist shot from the right circle that deflected off of Rogers' glove and into the net to make it 5-0 Rays. Corpus Christi outshot Rio Grande Valley 12-6 in the period.

Andry Franck relieved Rogers in the Bees net in the third period, but the IceRays continued their attack. Steve Later added a gorgeous goal 49 seconds into the third period, weaving past the Bees defense before wristing a shot off the left post and in from the slot to make it 6-0.

Kevin Beech (7-3-2) earned his first shutout of the year in his IceRays debut, making 27 saves on 27 shots. Wylie Rogers (8-7-2) took the loss making 20 saves on 25 shots. Franck made one save on two shots, and did not figure into the decision. The IceRays power play went 0-3 and the Bees went 0-6. The IceRays outshot the Bees 27-26 in the game.

The IceRays will hit the road for a Tuesday night visit to the Odessa Jackalopes. They then return home on Thursday to host Amarillo and then Friday night welcoming Texas. Tickets are available for both games. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.

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