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Killer Bees edge IceRays 3-2 with last minute goal

February 3, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

Grant Goeckner-Zoeller scored the game winning goal with 47 seconds left in regulation as the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees edged the Corpus Christi IceRays 3-2 on Tuesday night at the American Bank Center. The goal gave the Bees their first lead of the game, and capped a three-goal comeback overcoming an earlier 2-0 IceRays advantage. The IceRays loss dropped their record to 18-22-4 on the season, and dropped them six points back from the Killer Bees in the Southeast Division standings. The IceRays will resume action Thursday night in Laredo, and return home for Faith & Family Night on Friday when they host the Laredo Bucks at 7:05pm. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.

The Killer Bees had the majority of the scoring chances and shots in the opening period but were shutdown by the superb play of IceRays goaltender Kris Tebbs. Tebbs turned aside all 17 Killer Bees shots in the first, including several point blank chances to keep the game scoreless after one period. The Bees outshot the IceRays 17-6 in the stanza.

The teams found the back of the net in the second period. The IceRays broke the scoreless tie when Jeff Grant tallied on a one-timer from the right circle on a delayed penalty against the Bees at 7:27. The Rays then made it 2-0 when T.J. Reynolds swept the puck towards the net on a rebound and scored his second of the game at 14:10. But the Bees would answer quickly. At 15:47 Nicolas Dumoulin scored on a slapshot that squeezed through Tebbs and into the net on a Bees power play. Then 16 seconds later Dennis Maxwell redirected a Jay Hardwick shot past Tebbs to tie the score in the blink of an eye. The Rays outshot the Bees 16-10 in the second, but the teams went to the final period tied 2-2.

Goeckner-Zoeller scored the lone goal of the final period at 19:13 and it was enough to spur the Killer Bees on to victory.

Kris Tebbs (14-14-3) took the loss making 29 saves on 32 shots. Christian Boucher (9-11-2) earned the win making 32 saves on 34 shots. The IceRays power play went 0-2 while the Killer Bees went 1-5 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Killer Bees 34-32.

The IceRays will travel to Laredo on Thursday at 7pm and then return to the American Bank Center on Friday night to host the Laredo Bucks. It's Faith & Family Night during another installment of the Fine Jewelry Outlet Great Diamond Giveaway. One lucky fan will win an $8,000 diamond at the game - guaranteed. It could be you. Simply visit Fine Jewelry Outlet in the Sunrise Mall to register for free. It's also Frosty Friday at the game where fans can get half-priced 24 oz. beers. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.

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