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Short-Handed Bucks Stung by Bees

March 24, 2012 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Laredo Bucks News Release

LAREDO, TX: The Laredo Bucks, of the Central Hockey League, were defeated by the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 8-2.

The Laredo Bucks clashed with their rivals, the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, Saturday night in Hidalgo. The Bucks went into the game hoping to spoil the Killer Bees playoff hopes.

The first minute of play was controlled by the Bucks, attacking the Bees' in their zone. However, the Bees would regain control of the puck and score three unanswered goals. The first goal came from Aaron Lee at 1:32, then nineteen seconds later Dan Gendur would score at 1:51. Dan Gendur would get on the board once again thirty four seconds later, at 2:25, giving the Bees a 3-1 lead. Torrie Jung would briefly be replaced by Ryan Rondeau at 3:05. Rondeau only faced one shot on net before Torrie Jung would once again go in net. The Bucks were able to get on the board, when Joseph Harcharik scored his 7th goal of the season at 16:17. Kyle Mariani and Erik Boisvert assisted on the goal. The opening frame came to an end with the Bucks trailing the Bees 3-1. The Bucks were outshot 16-8 during the first period.

The Killer Bees would get on the board early in the second period. Jason Dixon found the back of the net at 1:39, giving the Bees a 4-1 lead. At 2:50, Brady Leavold would make it 5-1 for the Bees. The Bucks went on the powerplay at 6:04, when Aaron Boogaard was called for slashing. Aaron Lee broke away with the puck and fed it to Jason Dixon who scored a short-handed goal at 6:34. The Bucks would get another powerplay opportunity, when Dan Gendur was called for goalie interference at 10:16. Laredo would have several shots on net during the powerplay, but Killer Bee netiminder Wylie Rogers was able to deny the Bucks. The remainder of the period would be spent in transition. Both teams would have ten shots each on net during the middle frame.

It was a quiet third period of play, until Kirill Startsev scored on a turnaround shot at 5:06. The goal gave the Killer Bees a 7-1 lead. Joseph Harcharik took his time in front of the Killer Bee net before going top shelf at 10:31. Harcharik's second goal of the night was assisted by Adam Rivet. The game got physical at 13:51 when there were two fights simultaneously. Neil Trimm dropped the mitts versus Aaron Lee and Matt Boyd faced off against Brady Leavold. The Killer Bees would find the net one final time when Kirill Startsev scored at 17:51, giving the Bees an 8-2 lead. The Bucks were outshot by the Bees 9-7 in the final period.

The Killer Bees clinched a playoff spot with their 8-2 win over the Bucks and the 5-4 Tulsa loss to Missouri tonight.

Laredo will remain on the road for their final game of the 2011-2012 regular season. The Bucks will face their rivals, the Rio Grande Killer Bees, with the puck dropping at 6pm in Hidalgo. Make sure you log onto www.laredobucks.com to catch all the scores and highlights from the road!

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