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Killer Bees, Fighting Falcons win on Wednesday

March 12, 2014

Max Milosek made 21 saves to help the Fighting Falcons edge closer to the North Division title (cover photo by Ruben Cortez).

Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 3 @ Corpus Christi IceRays 0 - Evan Schmidbauer scored a pair of goals including the game winner while goaltender Nick Schmit denied all 23 chances he faced as the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees took a 5-3 series lead in the South Texas VO-Tech Cup with a 3-0 shutout of the Corpus Christi IceRays at American Bank Center on Wednesday night. The first goal of the game didn’t come until 29:12 into the game.  After no scoring in the first period, Anthony Croston moved down the left wing wall and in behind the net going to a possible wrap-around goal.  The puck slid off the end of his blade and went right to Evan Schmidbauer who had a tap in goal for his 15th of the season at 9:12 of the second period for a 1-0 Killer Bee lead. In the final period of play the power-play came through for the Killer Bees for a two goal lead and it was Schmidbauer once again, this time with his 16th of the year.  RJ Burns sent the puck to Schmidbauer who was going to the net, angling his stick to get a deflection that found a way by goaltender Ben Myers for a 2-0 lead at the 12:27 mark of the middle period. Another great passing play provided the Killer Bees with a three goal lead courtesy of assistant captain Ben Greiner.  With Matt McArdle along the right wing wall, Greiner went around the defense and to the net.  McArdle saw the move and ripped a pass to the front of the net that Greiner quickly lifted over Ben Myers for his 21st of the year and a 3-0 lead for Rio Grande Valley. Boxscore
 
Michigan Warriors 1 @ Port Huron Fighting Falcons 2 – Matt Jones and Jon Hall had two points apiece and Max Milosek made 21 saves to help the Fighting Falcons creep closer to a division title thanks to a 2-1 home win over the 2nd place Michigan Warriors. The Falcons’ magic number to clinch the top spot in the North Division of the North American Hockey League is now eight. The Falcons are one point away from assuring themselves one of the top two spots in the North and home-ice advantage in the first round. Wednesday’s win also ended a four-game losing streak for the Falcons against the Warriors.  Austin Romzek opened the scoring in the 1st period for the Fighting Falcons. Michigan tied the game in the 2nd period as Colin Horton deflected home a shot from the point. Less than 10 minutes later, Jon Hall would score the game-winner as he pushed home a rebound. Boxscore
 
 
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