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IceRays speed past Rush

January 21, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

Five different players scored and Kris Tebbs made 38 saves as the Corpus Christi IceRays beat the Rapid City Rush Wednesday night from Rapid City, SD. The IceRays won their second straight game and split the season series with the Rush. Corpus Christi improved their record to 15-18-4 and narrowed the gap to just two points between them and the idle Arizona Sundogs, who currently rank fifth in the Southern Conference. The Rays retain two games in hand over Arizona. Corpus Christi will now continue their four-game road trip on Friday as they travel to Rocky Mountain for their first ever trip to face the Rage. For more information on the IceRays, please call 361-814-PUCK or visit them online at www.ccrayz.com.

The IceRays and Rush played a scoreless first period. The Rush controlled the early play, but Kris Tebbs made some big saves to keep Rapid City off the board early in the game. The IceRays then started to get scoring chances of their own and thought they had converted a late period goal when Curtis Huppe slid a loose puck over the goal line on an IceRays power play. However, after originally signifying goal, a conference among the officials led referee Kevin Graber to rule that the puck did not cross the line before time had expired and the game remained scoreless after one period. Rapid City outshot Corpus Christi 13-10 in the opening frame.

The teams continued their scoreless play through the first half of the middle frame before they erupted on the board for three goals in less than four minutes. The IceRays got the scoring started when Chris Shaffer tallied on a rebound 13:21 for his first goal of the year, and his third point in as many games since returning from a 20-game absence. The IceRays then made it 2-0 at 16:38 when Chris Richards let a wrist shot go from the top of the right circle that beat Lanny Ramage into the top left corner to increase the Rays lead. But the Rush came back just 42 seconds later when Derek LeBlanc scored a rebound goal at 17:20. The IceRays took a 2-1 lead into the final period of play after the Rush outshot the Rays 19-13 in the period.

The IceRays put the game out of reach in the third period with a flurry of goals. Corpus Christi got goals from Curtis Huppe and Ryan Bennett 21 seconds apart and then Mike Zbriger scored a power play tally at 11:52 to make it 5-1 IceRays. The Rush scored a two-man advantage goal late in regulation at 18:51 when Brady Olsen scored his fourth of the year to cap the scoring.

Kris Tebbs (11-10-3) earned the win making 38 saves on 40 shots. Lanny Ramage (2-8-2) took the loss making 29 saves on 34 shots. The IceRays power play went 1-11 while the Rush went 1-8 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot for the first time in six games 40-34.

The IceRays will continue their four-game road trip through four states on Friday in Rocky Mountain. The Rays will also travel to New Mexico and Odessa before returning home to host the Texas Brahmas on Thursday, Jan. 29th. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.

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