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Time Runs out on Bees, Fall 2-1 to Wichita

April 1, 2012 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees News Release

WICHITA, Kan.- The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees now trail the Wichita Thunder 2-0 in their best-of-seven series after falling 2-1 on Sunday afternoon in Wichita. Tomas Klempa was the lone Bees goal scorer and John Murray played well making 41 saves on 43 shots.

Much like the first game of the series the Bees would score the first goal of the game while on the power-play and take lead into the locker room. Tomas Klempa took a loose puck in the crease and slid it to the back of the net.

The Bees were outshot 14-6 in the first, but lead 1-0.

Wichita would start the second period with 3:54 of 5-on-3 power-play time but the Bees would kill off all the Thunder chances.

The Thunder thought they had tied the game at the 13:20 mark of the second when referee Boone Bruggman pointed to the Killer Bees net signaling goal. However after a conference with the linesmen Bruggman waived off the goal as it had only hit the crossbar.

Wichita would finally tie the game at the 16:06 mark of the second as Dutin Donaghy took an off-angle shot that deflected off Murray to the back of the net.

The Bees had a chance to take a 2-1 with 3:20 left in the second as Brady Leavold was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down on a breakaway. Leavold looked to have Russo beat but the shot just rose over the top of the net.

The teams were tied at one heading to the locker room despite the Bees being outshot 34-12 after two periods.

The Thunder would strike early in the third period as Chris Greene put in a rebound at the 3:11 mark giving Wichita a 2-1 lead.

The Bees would send a ton of rubber the way of Wichita goal Adam Russo including pulling John Murray with more than one minute left but the Bees were unable to squeeze and equalizer to the back of the net.

The series now shifts to the Valley for games three and four at the State Farm Arena. Puck drops on Wednesday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available for both games by calling 843-PUCK (7825), visiting or any State Farm Arena ticket outlet.

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