Americans edge IceRays
In the first ever meeting between the Corpus Christi IceRays and the expansion Allen Americans, it was quite a fireworks show on Friday night at the American Bank Center. In the end it was the Americans who struck first blood in the rivalry with a 6-5 win. The IceRays fell behind early and almost erased a three-goal, third period deficit, but fell just shy in the comeback bid as their record fell to 2-4-2 on the season. Allen improved their record to 5-1-1. The IceRays and the Americans will now shift scenes for a Saturday night rematch in the first ever home game at the Allen Event Center. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.
After nearly 15 minutes of scoreless hockey in the first period, the teams erupted at the tail end for three goals in the final 5:01. Allen took the first lead of the game when Liam Huculak slid a puck underneath Kris Tebbs from just outside the crease at 14:59. The IceRays answered when Chad Woollard scored for the second straight night on a power play on a sharp angle slapshot set up by Chris Richards. Allen reclaimed the lead before the period closed when Tobias Whelan scored on a wrist shot from the left circle at 19:13 to make the score 2-1 after one period. The Americans outshot the IceRays 13-9 in the period.
The IceRays tied the game immediately in the second period. Woollard was setup in the slot and Chad Costello found him for a one-timer that Woollard rifled off the post and into the net 19 seconds into the period to make it 2-2. The score remained for much of the period until Allen struck twice within a minute to retake the lead. First at 13:53 Bruce Graham's one-timer from the slot caromed off of IceRays defenseman Jason Tessier and past Tebbs to make it 3-2. Then 45 seconds later Bill Loupee scored at 14:38 to make it 4-2 Americans. Allen kept the lead intact heading into the intermission break. The IceRays outshot the Americans 16-4 in the frame, but saw the gap widen by a goal nonetheless.
Goals and punches started flying in the third period. Three separate fights sparked the physical play and the teams combined for five goals in the period. The IceRays got goals from Justin Quenneville, Jereme Tendler and RG Flath while Allen got additional goals from Whelan and Huculak. The IceRays were never able to find the equalizer and fell 6-5, despite holding the Americans to just eight shots over the final two periods.
Kevin Desfosses (1-3) came on in relief and allowed one goal on three shots, winding up as the goaltender of record and suffering the loss. Kris Tebbs (1-1-2) made 13 saves on 18 shots and did not figure into the decision. Chris Whitley (2-0-1) earned the win stopping 32 of 37 shots. The IceRays power play went 1-7 and the Americans went 0-4. The IceRays outshot the Americans 37-21 in the game.
The IceRays and Americans will rematch Saturday Night in the first ever home game for Allen. The game will air on 1150AM KCCT beginning with the pre-game show at 7:10pm. For more information, please call the IceRays at 814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.
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