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Laredo tops Corpus Christi 4-2

March 11, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

Corpus Christi, TX - The Corpus Christi Rayz and Laredo Bucks played their final meeting of the season Friday night at the American Bank Center and the two rivals showed off their bad blood to more than 5,000 fans. The Bucks rode the strength of three second period goals to a 4-2 victory over the Rayz, officially eliminating the Rayz from playoff contention. The Bucks have now gone undefeated in nine straight games, while the Rayz are now winless in ten.

The Rayz jumped out of the gates and controlled the opening flow from the draw. The Rayz got on the board first when Bernie John whistled a puck from the left point through the legs of David Guerrera. John’s goal was his seventh of the year and second in as many games versus the Bucks that started the scoring. The Bucks came back hard after the goal, but Brent Zelenewich closed the door and the Rayz lead 1-0 at the end of one.

In the second period, the Bucks opened the game up. James Hiebert, Steve Simoes and Jeff Bes scored three goals in a 3:19 span early in the second period to take control of the game. In the second period, the bad blood between the Rayz and the Bucks boiled over as two different line brawls ensued in the period. Within a 54 second span of hockey, 111 penalty minutes were dished out between the two teams. The Bucks led 3-1 at the end of two periods.

In the third period the Bucks increased their lead to three when Oriel McHugh took a shot off a faceoff win that beat Zelenewich. John answered the third period goal for the Rayz late in the frame with his second goal, but it wasn’t enough for the Rayz who fell to the Bucks 4-2. The Bucks win gave them the season series win over Corpus Christi 7-5, and moved them four points over Austin for the Southeast Division lead. The Bucks scored 4-plus goals for the fourth time in five games. The Rayz scored multiple goals in a games for the first time in six.

The Rayz will travel to Rio Grande Valley to take on the Killer Bees on Saturday night at 7:35pm. Corpus Christi returns to the American Bank Center Thursday night for the final weekend of the regular season. Tickets start as low as $10 and are available at the American Bank Center and all Ticketmaster locations. For more information, please contact the Rayz at (361)814-PUCK.

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