Laredo beats Corpus Christi 4-2
Corpus Chrisit, TX - In the back half of a home and home series between the Corpus Christi Rayz and Laredo Bucks, the Rayz kept inching closer to the Bucks only to have the Bucks inch away. James Hiebert scored a pair of late goals in the third period as the Bucks beat the Rayz 4-2 from the American Bank Center. The Rayz and Bucks split the two-game set and will meet again next Friday and Saturday games for back to back games at the American Bank Center. The Rayz will cap off their four-game week Sunday afternoon when they host the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees at 5:05pm on Caller-Times Family Day. For more information, please call (361) 814-PUCK.
After being shutout the night before, the Bucks wasted no time getting on the board on Saturday night. Just 28 seconds into the hockey game, Paul Elliott scored from the slot for his fifth goal of the season. The Bucks then added a late goal at the 18:28 mark when Jeff Bes tallied his 20th of the season. The Bucks outshot the Rayz 14-10 in the opening period of play and took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
In the second period neither team was able to find the back of the net and the score remained 2-0 Laredo entering the third period. The Bucks outshot the Rayz 11-9 in the middle frame.
The Rayz made a valiant effort at a comeback in the third period, cutting the deficit to one goal on two different occasions. Just 23 seconds into the third period the Rayz got on the board when Chris Robertson banked a shot in off the back of Bucks goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris (34 shots, 32 saves) from the right corner. Robertson's tenth goal made the score 2-1 Bucks. The Rayz then had several chances to tie the game that were turned aside by Grumet-Morris with many highlight reel saves. The Bucks went back up by a pair when James Hiebert wrapped out from the corner and stuffed the puck past Scott Reid (37 shots, 34 saves) at 16:08. With the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker the Rayz once again got within one goal when Derrick McIver got his 20th goal of the season from the right circle to make the score 3-2 Laredo. After the ensuing draw, the Rayz could not penetrate the Bucks side of the ice and Hiebert scored an empty net goal with 19:12 to seal the win for Laredo.
With the loss Reid's record fell to 13-16-1. Grumet-Morris earned the win, and watched his record improve to 13-4-2. The defeat moved the Rayz record to 20-30-2, 11 points back from Rio Grande Valley for the final playoff spot in the South and the Bucks mark improved to 33-13-6. The Rayz went 0-7 on the power play. The Bucks went 0-4. Laredo outshot Corpus Christi 38-34 in the game.
The Corpus Christi Rayz home-weekend continues on Sunday with an afternoon game against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees at 5:05pm on Caller-Times Family Day. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with every full paying adult (limit two). Plus, fans can participate in a post-game skating session with the Rayz after Sunday's game. Bring your skates to the arena or rent them for $3. For more information, please call the Rayz at (361) 814-PUCK.
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