Bees Up for CHL Player of the Month

POSTED: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 11:06pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:34am

The Valley's pro hockey team has three athletes up for the league's player of the month -- Winger Jesse Bennefield is among them. The current play of this line of Goeckner-Zoeller, Rycroft, and Bennefield certainly could hoist the PResident's Cup in April. Tomorrow we'll hear if one is November's CHL Player of the Month.


PRESS RELEASE! Killer Bees vs Laredo Bucks (Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009)


HIDALGO, Texas—The Laredo Bucks scored four unanswered goals to edge the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 4-3 Wednesday night at Dodge Arena.

Jeremy Swanson scored the game-winner for the Bucks on the power play with just 2:40 on the clock.

Jesse Bennefield (2-0-2) ended the night with two goals for the Bees, while Daymen Rycroft (0-3-3) posted three assists in the contest.

At the 13:48 mark in the first Bennefield picked up his first of the night with helpers from Rycroft and Joel Irving to put Rio up 1-0. Irving then capitalized on a 5-on-3 advantage created by a high sticking and handling the puck penalty on Laredo at the 17:34 mark to give the Bees a 2-0 lead going into the second.

Bennefield posted his second of the night at the 13:19 mark in the second period to put the Bees up 3-0, but just 37 seconds later Evan Schwabe netted a rebound shot to score for the Bucks ending the period 3-1 in favor of Rio.

Laredo scored three unanswered in the final frame starting with Maxime Lincourt who converted on the power play early at the 1:32 mark to bring the Bucks within one followed by Schwabe who picked up his second of the night at the 15:29 mark to tie things up. It was Swanson, redirecting a Cody Hamilton shot past Rio netminder Andy Franck to give Laredo the win.

JP Levasseur got the win in net with 25 saves, while Franck suffered the loss with 34 stops.

Rio travels to Allen to face the Americans Friday, December 4, and return home to face the Arizona Sundogs Saturday night at Dodge Arena. The first 2,000 fans receive Killer Bees tin lunchboxes.

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