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February 23, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Laredo Bucks News Release

LAREDO, Texas - The Laredo Bucks went 1-0-2 this past weekend. The Bucks fell 2-1 in a shootout on Friday in Odessa and then Saturday the Bucks fell again in a shootout in Amarillo by the score of 3-2. Sunday the Bucks scored three third period goals on the road as they beat Austin 5-3. Laredo has recorded points in four straight games and is 32-12-6 with a Southern Conference and Southeast Division best 70 points. The Bucks are home this weekend hosting Corpus Christi on Friday and Odessa on Sunday. On Sunday the LEC ice will be dyed blue to help raise awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. For Laredo Bucks season or single game tickets call (956) 718-BUCKS (2825) or log onto and purchase your tickets online.


- The Bucks are home on Friday against Corpus Christi. Friday is Medical Night at the LEC sponsored by Doctor's Hospital. Fans, who wear hospital scrubs to the game, get a free ticket to the Sunday game. Plus the first 2,000 fans thru the gates get a band aid dispenser courtesy of Doctor's Hospital. Fans can enjoy a post-game skate on the LEC ice Friday. The Bucks are also home on Sunday against the Odessa Jackalopes. The first 2,500 fans get a Buck Out Illiteracy Bookmark courtesy of BMP Radio. Fans are asked to bring a new or gently used book to the game and donate it. Fans can enjoy a post-game skate, joined by the Bucks players. Plus on Sunday the LEC ice will be dyed blue to help raise awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.


- The Laredo Bucks are working in conjunction with their season ticket holders to help Laredo school children see the Wednesday, March 1st, Kids Day game against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Bucks season ticket holders can redeem their ticket for that game and receive a voucher good for two tickets to any future Bucks regular season game.

BUCKS OVERALL RECORD: 32-12-6 ( 70 Points, 1st in SE Division )-----Points in four striaght

BUCKS HOME RECORD: 21-3-1----- Winless One

BUCKS ROAD RECORD: 11-9-5-----Won One



2005-06: Laredo is 5-0-1 against the Rayz. The Bucks beat Corpus Christi 3-2 in their home opener at the LEC on 10/29. James Hiebert scored a pair of goals. On 12/28 Jeff Bes scored two goals as the Bucks beat the Rayz 4-2. On 01/08 Jeff Bes again scored a pair of goals as they beat the Rayz 5-1 at the American Bank Center. The Bucks pounded the Rayz 8-0 on 01/27 as Brent Cullaton and Ladislav Kouba each scored a pair of goals. On 01/28 the Bucks beat the Rayz 3-0 in Corpus Christi as Chris Grenville scored two goals. The Bucks held a 3-1 third period lead on 02/14, but lost 4-3 in a shootout at the LEC.

2004-05: The Bucks went 7-5-0 against the Rayz, including 4-2-0 at the LEC. The home loss on 11/27/04 by the score of 3-2 against Corpus was the first suffered by the Bucks at the LEC against the Rayz.

All-time: The Bucks are 33-9-1 against Corpus Christi, outscoring the Rayz 189-97. The Bucks are 20-2-1 at the LEC against Corpus.


2005-06: This is the fourth of six match ups this year between the teams. The teams will each play three home games in the series. The Bucks shutout the Jackalopes on 11/25 3-0. David Lemanowicz had 37 saves to post the whitewash. On 12/2 the Jackalopes beat the Bucks 4-2 in Odessa. On 02/17 the Jackalopes posted a 2-1 shootout win over the Bucks in Odessa.

2004-05: Laredo was 2-2-0 against the Jackalopes last year. Each team went 1-1-0 at home.

All-time: Laredo is 10-4-2 against Odessa, outscoring the Jackalopes 53-33.. The Bucks are 6-1-1 at the LEC. The teams met in the first round of the 2003 CHL playoffs. The Bucks beat the Jackalopes three games to two.


- This Sunday the LEC ice will be dyed blue to help raise awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. The announcement was made today by Bucks head coach Terry Ruskowski at the "Walk To Cure Diabetes" team captain kick-off luncheon at the Laredo Country Club. The Bucks will assist the "Walk To Cure Diabetes" by selling sneakers (paper shoe cutouts) on March 19th and 26th at the LEC during Bucks games for $1. Last year the Bucks helped raise more than $2,000. The "Walk To Cure Diabetes" will be held on Saturday, April 1st at 8 a.m. at the TAMIU campus. For more information about the walk or JDRF contact Letty Garcia 956-712-2900 or [email protected]


- The Laredo Bucks and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center have announced the results of the Give Blood Play Hockey Valentine's Day Blood Drive which took place on 02/14 at the LEC during the Bucks game against Corpus Christi. There were 222 blood donations, which exceed last years Give Blood Play Hockey Blood Drive. During the month of February all 15 Central Hockey League teams are hosting blood drives, with each team competing against one another to collect as many blood donations as possible. This event was the largest blood donation in Laredo in the last calendar year. Each individual blood donation has the capability of saving up to three lives. There were also 52 registrants in the National Marrow Donor Program.


- The Bucks were riding a season high four game winless streak going into last Sunday's game in Austin. The Bucks brought the streak to an end with a 5-3 victory.


- The Bucks have recorded points in four straight games. Despite going into last Sunday's game winless in four, the Bucks had lost back-to-back-to-back shootouts and therefore had recorded a point in three straight. The Bucks 5-3 win on Sunday in Austin thus ended their four game winless stretch, and also extended their point streak to four straight.


- The Bucks have squandered a two goal lead in four of the last five games. Laredo led Bossier-Shreveport 2-0 on 02/10, but fell 3-2 in regulation. The Bucks led Corpus Christi 3-1 on 02/14, but lost 4-3 in a shootout. On Saturday the Bucks led Amarillo 2-0, but lost 3-2 in a shootout. On Sunday the Bucks led 2-0, but Austin tied the game before the Bucks posted three third period goals for a 5-3 win.


- The Bucks scored a pair of goals in just 13 seconds last Saturday in Amarillo in the first period. It was the fastest pair of goals scored in franchise history. The previous fastest pair of goals in franchise history was done in 16 seconds on 02/28/2003 versus El Paso.


- The Bucks lost back-to-back-to-back shootouts last week. Laredo was just 2-18 on attempts over this stretch in shootouts.

50th GAME

- The Bucks played their 50th game of the regular season last Sunday against Austin.


- Last year the Bucks went to overtime or a shootout a CHL low three times, going 0-1 in overtime and 0-2 in shootouts. This season the Bucks have already gone to overtime 10 times in the first 50 games. The Bucks are 2-2 in sudden death and 2-4 in shootouts, having lost back-to-back-to-back shootouts. Laredo has gone to overtime or a shootout four times in the last seven games.


- The Bucks are 0-5-1 all-time in the regular season in Amarillo after falling 3-2 in a shootout last Saturday night. In the playoffs the Bucks are 4-1 all-time in Amarillo.


- Bucks defenseman Paul Elliott scored Laredo's only goal in a 2-1 shootout loss in Odessa last Friday. The goal came on the power play. It was the fourth of the season for Elliott, with three coming on the man advantage.


- The Bucks are 4 for their last 44 (9.1 %) on the man advantage.


- Laredo plays nine three-in-threes this year, including this weekend. The Bucks have a 10-7-4 cumulative record in three-in-threes.


- The Bucks have had just 23 total power play chances in the last six games.


- 02/19/06 - SUNDAY - @ AUSTIN - The Laredo Bucks snapped a season high four game winless streak with a 5-3 victory over the Austin Ice Bats in front of 3,724 fans at the Bat Cave in Austin on Sunday night. Forward Chris Grenville scored a pair of goals as the Bucks, who had lost three straight in shootouts, picked up a point for the fourth straight game. Laredo is 32-12-6 with a Southeast Division and Southern Conference best 70 points. Dov Grumet-Morris stopped 23 of 26 shots and got the win to improve to 12-4-2. Miguel Beaudry, the starting goalie for Austin, lasted just 5:41 and allowed two goals on eight shots. Matt Barnes took the loss in relief, allowing two goals on 34 shots and fell to 8-13-3. FINAL SCORE Laredo 5, Austin 3.

Shots Laredo 43 AUS 26

PP Laredo 0-4 AUS 1-8

- 02/18/06 - SATURDAY - @ AMARILLO - The Laredo Bucks fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Amarillo Gorillas on Saturday night in front of 4,212 fans in Amarillo. It was the third straight shootout loss for the Bucks, but they did pick up a standings point. Laredo is 31-12-6 with a Southeast Division and Southern Conference best 68 points. David Lemanowicz stopped 35 of 37 thru regulation and overtime, but took the shootout loss to fall to 13-3-3. Jamie Vandespyker stopped 28 of 30 thru regulation and overtime and got the win to improve to 9-8-1. FINAL SCORE Amarillo 3, Laredo 2 in a shootout.

Shots Laredo 30 AMA 38

PP Laredo 0-4 AMA 0-4

- 02/17/06 - FRIDAY - @ ODESSA - The Laredo Bucks scored a late goal to pick up a standings point as they fell 2-1 in a shootout in Odessa on Friday night in front of 2,717 fans at the Ector County Coliseum in a match up of Southern Conference division leaders. The Bucks stretched their lead in the Southeast Division to 18 points as Austin lost to Colorado. Laredo is 31-12-5 with a Southeast Division and Southern Conference best 67 points. Dov Grumet-Morris was outstanding, stopping 23 of 24 thru regulation and overtime. He took the shootout loss to fall to 11-4-2. Mike Gorman was equally as outstanding as he stopped 34 of 35 thru regulation and overtime to get the win and improve to 20-10-2. FINAL SCORE Odessa 2, Laredo 1 in a shootout.

Shots Laredo 35 ODE 25

PP Laredo 1-5 ODE 1-7


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