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Levy and Bees Shutout Austin 4-0

March 11, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees News Release

Hidalgo, Tx - Jeff Levy registered his second shutout of the season, stopping all 25 Austin Ice Bats shots, and Jason Hawes had a career high three assists to lead the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees to a 4-0 victory Friday night at the Dodge Arena. The shutout is the second of the season for the Bees and it snaps a franchise high five-game home winless streak.

Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees had everything go right for them in the first period, despite being out-shot 14-8 in the frame. Jason Tessier, who leads the Bees in points this season in the series, opened up the game's scoring by slapping the puck from a Jason Hawes' carom off the end boards over the shoulder of Matt Barnes 7:33 into the period for a 1-0 Bees lead. Matic Kralj tallied his 15th goal of the season 1:38 later, converting on an odd man rush, beating Barnes with a wrist shot from the right circle to give the Bees a 2-0 lead. The two goals came on the Bees first two shots on goal. Austin had numerous scoring opportunities in the period, but Jeff Levy denied the attempts with some spectacular saves and his defense also bailed him out on some loose pucks.

Most of the 4,802 in attendance was here to see a battle between the two tallest players in the CHL... Ryan Shmyr and Dallas Anderson. Ryan Shmyr pleased the home fans two-seconds after Kralj's goal by dropping his gloves and Anderson.

In the second period of play between these two teams over the previous four games, the Bees had out-shot the Bats 39-15. It would be no different tonight, as the Bees controlled the second period of play, out-shooting the Bats 13-5. They also out-scored them in the period. Daymen Bencharski tallied his team-leading second shorthanded goal of the season with 7:22 remaining in the period as he rushed after a loose puck that was jarred from the defensive zone by Hawes, leading to a breakaway conversion.

The Bees defense was able to seal the door shut the rest of the way and Justin Dziama slipped an insurance goal past Barnes 3:39 into the third period to close the game's scoring.

The shutout for Levy is his tenth shutout of his career and the franchise leading sixth of his Killer Bee career (third all-time against Austin as a member of the Bees). The Bees, who claim their second consecutive win over Austin (out-scoring them 11-2 in the combined games) remain home Saturday to host the Corpus Christi Rayz, who were eliminated from playoff contention with a 4-2 loss at home to Laredo to extend their overall winless streak to 10 games.

-------------------------------------------------- Austin 0 0 0 -- 0 Rio Grande Valley 2 1 1 -- 4 --------------------------------------------------

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: RGV-Tessier (Hawes) 7:33. RGV-Kralj (Emersic) 9:11. Penalties: Holland, RGV (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 5:48. Richards, AUS (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 6:41. Shmyr, RGV (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 9:13. Anderson, AUS (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 9:13. Knoblauch, AUS (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 11:08. Newson, RGV (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 12:38. Gillam, RGV (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 14:35. Tallaire, AUS (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 19:50.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: RGV-Bencharski (shorthanded) (Hawes) 12:38. Penalties: Knoblauch, AUS (Obstr-Hold Stick, Minor, 2 min) 1:53. Holland, RGV (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 3:31. Newson, RGV (Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Minor, 2 min) 7:48. Neufeld, AUS (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 7:48. Shmyr, RGV (Roughing, Double Minor, 4 min) 10:15. Anderson, AUS (Roughing, Double Minor, 4 min) 10:15. Kralj, RGV (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 11:38. Hawes, RGV (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 17:50. Olynyk, AUS (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 17:50. Olynyk, AUS (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 17:50.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: RGV-Dziama (Hawes) 3:49. Penalties: Shmyr, RGV (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 1:12. Tessier, RGV (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 7:27. Olynyk, AUS (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 7:27. Anderson, AUS (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 7:27. Olynyk, AUS (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 7:27. Shmyr, RGV (Roughing, Double Minor, 4 min) 7:27. Olynyk, AUS (Fisticuffs, Major, 5 min) 7:27. Tessier, RGV (Fisticuffs (Intervenor), Game Misconduct, 10 min) 7:27. Olynyk, AUS (Fisticuffs (Aggressor), Game Misconduct, 10 min) 7:27. Bencharski, RGV (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 10:48.

Shots on goal: -------------------------------------------------- Austin 14 5 6 -- 25 Rio Grande Valley 8 13 10 -- 31 --------------------------------------------------

Power-play Conversions: Austin - 0 of 8, Rio Grande Valley - 0 of 7 Goalies: Austin, Matt Barnes (31 shots, 27 saves;) Rio Grande Valley, Jeff Levy (25 shots, 25 saves;) A: 4,802. Referees Mark Hulshof. Linesmen: Kevin Mighton, Chance Haugen.

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