LAREDO, TX- The Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League beat the Rapid City Rush 5-2 Friday night at Laredo Energy Arena. The Bucks picked up their second straight win to improve to 4-2-1 (nine points) on the season.
Two-time CHL MVP Jeff Bes scored the 1,000th point of his 19-year professional career with an assist on Daniel Koger’s goal at the 10:38 mark of the second period.
Prior to Saturday’s game against the Rush the Bucks will hold a ceremony presenting Bes with the game puck from his 1,000th point as well as showing a video tribute on the jumbo tron. Fans are encouraged to arrive to the game early because the ceremony will start at promptly at 7:30pm.
Addison DeBoer had two goals and an assist while Chris Korchinski had one goal and two assists to lead the Bucks to a 2-0-1 home record. Torrie Jung improved to 3-0 in his young career as he set aside 36 of 38 shots.
The Bucks jumped out in front of the Rush and scored two first period goals to take a 2-0 lead after one.
Korchinski put the Bucks up 1-0 just 1:20 into the game when he jammed in a rebound from the crease to pick up his third goal of the season.
The Bucks would increase their lead to 2-0 at the 9:47 mark of the first when DeBoer deflected the in puck from the crease on the power-play. The strike was DeBoer’s second of the campaign.
Each team put up 11 shots in the first period.
Laredo would strike for two more goals in the second period to take a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes.
The Bucks would go up 3-0 just 3:49 into the second period when Neil Trimm scored a power-play goal from the left side of the crease to pick up his fourth of the season.
Then history would be made.
Bes picked up the 1,000 point of his career with an assist on Koger’s goal 10:38 into the second period.
The Bucks were outshot in the second period 14-9.
The Rush (3-4) got on the board 5:02 into the third period when Scott Kalinchuck scored a power-play goal from the left point.
DeBoer put the Bucks up 5-1 with his second goal of the night with 6:07 left in the third period.
Scott Wray would score with three seconds left to make the score 5-2.
Jimmy Sprat took the loss for the Rush stopping 22 of 27 shots.
Bucks forward Matt Robinson played in his 200th career game Friday night.