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Killer Bees Road Game Preview @ Austin

October 23, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees News Release

Sat. Oct. 23 7:30 @ Austin Ice Bats

Radio: Real Country 840 AM TV: None

Notes: The Killer Bees open up the regular season Saturday night on the road in Austin, as they battle with the Ice Bats. This will be the second consecutive year the Bees have started the regular season on the road after losing 3-1 in last season s opener in San Angelo. The Bees are 8-4-0 all-time against the Bats and 2-4-0 at the Travis County Expo Center. Bees returning all-star Bill Newson led the series in scoring with 12 points (5g,7a). Austin was led by Brent Hughes, who is currently a member of the Amarillo Gorillas, in the season series (4g,4a,8pts), but they return Kelly Smart, who posted 7 points (3g,4a) against the Bees last season. In net, the Ice Bats feature the goaltending tandem of Peter Brady and Matt Barnes, which is the same tandem that led the Bats to the 2003 President s Cup Championships. The Bees have never faced either of the goaltenders. Bees goaltender Jeff Levy received all the decisions (8-4-0) in net last season against the Bats. Vezina saw 29:29 of time last season against the Bats and was flawless. Last season, the Killer Bees held the Bats power play unit to 5.2% (3/58) on the man advantage, while scoring 4 shorthanded goals.

The Monitor's Preview:

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