IceRays topple Bucks 4-1
The Corpus Christi IceRays broke onto the scoreboard early on Sunday afternoon and never looked back en route to a 4-1 win over the Laredo Bucks from the Laredo Entertainment Center. The win vaulted Corpus Christi's record to 25-28-5 on the season, and moved them two points ahead of the Arizona Sundogs with a game in hand and four points ahead of the New Mexico Scorpions with even games played. The three teams are in a tight race for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. IceRays have now beaten the Bucks in four of the last five and three of four at the LEC. The IceRays will conclude their five-game road trip on Thursday versus the Odessa Jackalopes. There are just three home games left. Make your plans to see the IceRays before time runs out. For more information on the IceRays, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.
Laredo took three penalties in a 40 second span in the first period, and the IceRays power play capitalized. Justin Quenneville got the first goal of the game at 6:09 on a wrist shot from the high slot on a two-man advantage. Then 97 seconds later at 7:46 Ryan Crane made it 2-0 IceRays when his shot from the right point bounced off the stick of Laredo goaltender Andrew Martin, over his shoulder and into the net for a power play goal. The IceRays kept their 2-0 lead the rest of the frame, outshooting the Bucks 8-5 in the period.
Corpus Christi added to their lead in the second when Jereme Tendler was sprung on a breakaway and snapped a low shot past Martin and inside the left post for his sixth goal in the last seven games. The goal came at 4:53 and stood as the only of the period. The Bucks outshot the IceRays 11-6 in the second, but Rays netminder Kris Tebbs made some big saves to keep the Bucks off the board.
Adam Powell made it 4-0 in the third when he snapped a shot from the blue line that eluded Martin and beamed into the top left corner of the net at 2:06. At 8:30 the Bucks spoiled Tebbs shutout bid when Mat Miller scored an unassisted goal to cap the scoring.
Kris Tebbs (21-19-4) earned the win making 25 saves on 26 shots. Martin (13-17-1) took the loss making 18 saves on 22 shots. The IceRays power play went 2-5 and the Bucks went 0-2 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot by the Bucks 26-22. The IceRays wrap up their season-long road trip on Thursday in Odessa and then return home to host Rio Grande Valley on Friday and Saturday night. There are only three more home games. Don't miss your chance to catch all the action before the season ends. For more information, please call the Rays at 361.814.PUCK.
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Central Hockey League Stories from March 8, 2009
- Brahmas clinch southeast division - Fort Worth Brahmas
- Jacks End Kings' Streak with 3-2 Win - Odessa Jackalopes
- IceRays topple Bucks 4-1 - Corpus Christi IceRays
- Jackalopes Stop RiverKings Win Streak - Mississippi RiverKings
- Bucks Fall To Ice Rays 4-1 In Hiebert's Return - Laredo Bucks
- He's Baaack! Hiebert Returns To Bucks - Laredo Bucks
- Sundogs Fall 4-3 in Shootout, Grab Vital Point to Move Back into Tie for Final Playoff Spot - Arizona Sundogs
- Mudbugs Lose Ground vs. Mississippi - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
- Eagles Get Another Close Win Over Rush - Colorado Eagles
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