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Killer Bees Can't Catch Eagles, Fall 5-4

March 4, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees News Release

LOVELAND, Colo.- The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (22-28-6) battled tough against the Turner Conference leading Colorado Eagles (34-18-4) but the Eagles defeated the Bees 5-4 on Friday night. Zak McClellan registered a goal and an assist in his first game back after missing the previous five.

The Colorado Eagles came out firing scoring the first two goals of the game less than two minutes into the team's battle. Kyle Peto was credited with the first strike just 41 seconds into the period.

Just 33 seconds later Alex Penner would give the Eagles a 2-0 lead with the strike at 1:24. Andrej Hebar picked up the assist.

The Killer Bees would launch their comeback at 11:51 of the first as Tomas Klempa netted his team leading 22nd goal of the season, one-touching a Tyler Lehrke pass past netminder Andrew Penner.

Bo Cheesman would tie the game at two at 17:03 of the first with an off-angle shot that beat Penner as he couldn't get to the post in time. Aaron Lee and Zak McClellan picked up the helpers.

Colorado would regain the lead at 18:30 as Kip Workman ripped a shot from the point that looked to be deflected on its way past Jerad Kaufmann.

Just 24 seconds later the Bees would tie the game at three as Kyle Radke took a shot from the point that beat Penner through lots of traffic in front. Tyler Lehrke and Aaron Lewicki picked up assists, for Lehrke it was his second helper of the game.

The Eagles would net a pair of goals in the second period to retake a two goal lead. Scott May got the Eagles on the board at 6:38 of the second frame with an unassisted goal after an end to end rush.

Adam Chorneyko would increase the Eagles lead to two at 14:28 of second with a shot that handcuffed Bees netminder Jerad Kaufmann.

The Killer Bees got one goal back in the third period as Zak McClellan picked up a goal in his first game back after Bo Cheesman fed him a puck from behind the net that he wristed past Penner glove side. Brett Clouthier also picked up an assist on the play.

The Bees would pull Jerad Kaufmann at the end of the period for the extra attacker and despite numerous chances were unable to find the equalizer before the clock would expire. The Bees finished the game with 35 shots in on net, as did Colorado.

The Bees and Eagles meet again Saturday night at the Budweiser Events Center at 8:05 p.m. CST. The game can be heard on Real Country 102.1-FM KBUC or watched online on CHL-TV. There is also a viewing party being held at The Office Bar & Grill located on Pecan Blvd.

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