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IceRays Skate Past Killer Bees 5-2

December 19, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

After two weeks where the IceRays results were not mirroring their play, the two coincided on Saturday night at the Dodge Arena. R.G. Flath led four IceRays goal scorers as the IceRays topped the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 5-2 to snap their seven-game losing skid. Corpus Christi improved their record to 9-13-4 on the season, and closed the gap to five points behind fifth place Rio Grande Valley. The IceRays return to the American Bank Center to host the Mississippi RiverKings on Tuesday night at 7:05pm. It's Two-For-Tuesday at the American Bank Center. Buy a regular priced IceRays ticket and receive a second one absolutely FREE. 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 played a great first period, pressuring the Bees throughout most of the frame, and putting up a season-high 21 shots on goal. Corpus Christi was rewarded for their hard work by taking the first lead of the game. At 15:48 Justin Quenneville scored on a wrist shot from the left circle on a delayed penalty to make it 1-0 IceRays. The lead held into the final seconds of the period, but Grant Goeckner-Zoeller answered at 19:46 when he scored from the bottom of the right circle from a centering pass from behind the net. The teams went into the dressing room tied 1-1. The Rays outshot the Bees 21-14 in the period.

The IceRays reclaimed the lead with a pair of goals in the second period. Chad Woollard notched his third of the weekend on a one-timer from the right circle at 2:47. Then at 14:23 R.G. Flath poked a puck in the crease underneath goaltender Andy Franck to make it 3-1 IceRays. The Rays outshot the bees 11-8 in the period.

Flath increased the lead to 4-1 for Corpus Christi with a rebound goal at 7:50 of the third. The Bees tried to get back into the game with a Brett Clouthier rebound tally at 14:58, but the IceRays capped the scoring with an empty net goal from Ryan Garbutt at 18:23 to punctuate the Rays victory.

Kevin Desfosses (3-4) earned the win making 31 saves on 33 shots while Andy Franck (7-7-3) tok the loss stopping 33 of 37 shots he faced. The IceRays power play went 0-5 and the Bees went 0-5. The IceRays outshot the Bees each had 38 -33 in the game.

The IceRays return to the American Bank Center to host the Mississippi RiverKings on Tuesday night at 7:05pm. It's Two-For-Tuesday at the American Bank Center. Buy a regular priced IceRays ticket and receive a second one absolutely FREE. 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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