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IceRays win over Killer Bees

February 28, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

Jereme Tendler had a hat trick, including the game winning goal in overtime on Saturday night as the Corpus Christi IceRays defeated the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 4-3 at the Dodge Arena. Tendler's goal stood after a lengthy discussion between the officials after a Rio Grande Valley protest. Corpus Christi's win improved their record to 23-27-5 on the season, and kept them one point behind the Arizona Sundogs and three ahead of the New Mexico Scorpions for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. The IceRays retain a game in hand over Arizona. The IceRays also inched to eight points behind Rio Grande Valley. The IceRays will now continue their five-game road trip next Wednesday in Laredo. 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.

The IceRays and Killer Bees played to a furious pace in the opening period. Both teams came out flying and combined for 33 shots in the stanza. Rio Grande Valley got on the board first when Topher Scott tipped a puck that was behind Kris Tebbs into the net on a Bees power play at 6:44. The IceRays answered when Jereme Tendler snuck behind the defense and lifted a backhand over Wylie Rogers at 14:03 to tie the score. The IceRays then took their first lead on a power play when Ryan Crane scored on a rebound at 18:30 to make it 2-1. The IceRays kept the lead the rest of the frame, outshooting the Bees 18-15.

The IceRays widened their lead when Tendler scored his second at 6:19 of the middle frame taking a feed behind the net and beating Wylie Rogers from just outside the crease. The Bees, however, climbed back within one when Evan Rankin scored at 15:32 on a power play to make it 3-2. The IceRays outshot the Bees 13-7 in the period.

The Killer Bees forced overtime when Grant Goeckner-Zoeller took a back door feed from the right point and touched a puck past Tebbs from the left side of the crease at 14:14. Then in the extra session, Adam Powell fed Tendler in the Bees zone, and Tendler cut to the net and lifted a puck that rolled off of Rogers and just past the goal line. The IceRays celebration was subdued with the discussion of officials, but then referee Tudor Floru signaled the goal. The Bees vehemently protested once the announcement was made and Corpus Christi earned their third win of the season against Rio Grande Valley.

Kris Tebbs (19-18-4) earned the win making 33 saves on 36 shots. Rogers (14-8-3) took the OT loss making 33 saves on 37 shots. The IceRays power play went 1-3 and the Killer Bees went 2-4 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Bees 37-36. On Wednesday the IceRays continue their five-game road trip in Laredo and then travel to North Richland Hills. For more information, please call the Rays at 361.814.PUCK.

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