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Brahmas Edge IceRays 4-3 in Shootout

January 2, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Corpus Christi IceRays and Texas Brahmas opened up the 2009 calendar year with a back and forth entertaining game on Friday night at the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills. The Brahmas outlasted the IceRays 4-3 in a shootout, to give them consecutive wins over Corpus Christi. With the overtime loss, however, the IceRays now have points in three of their last four games and moved into a third place tie in the Southeast Division with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. The loss moved Corpus Christi's season record to 12-14-4 on the year. The IceRays will return to the American Bank Center on Saturday, January 3rd to host the Odessa Jackalopes in the first home game of 2009. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361-814-PUCK.

The first period was a tale of two halves. In the opening portion of the frame, the IceRays dominated play, outshooting the Brahmas 9-2 to start the game and take a quick 2-0 lead. Adam Powell scored both goals for Corpus Christi less than two minutes apart from one another. Powel scored the first goal of the game at 8:32 on a backhand through the legs of David Cacciola. Then at 10:10 Powell let a shot go from the left circle that made it 2-0 Rays. But after the early control by Corpus Christi, the Brahmas turned the tide in their favor. The Brahmas got three goals in a 3:27 span of time to take a lead after one period. Nathan Saunders scored on a slapshot from the blue line that deflected off of an IceRays stick and into the net at 14:01. Then Greg McConnell camped out on the left side of the crease and took a pass from behind the net to stuff the puck home at 16:07. At 17:28 Grant Jacobsen scored a power play goal on a rebound to complete the flurry and give the Brahmas their first lead of the game. The IceRays outshot the Brahmas 14-12 in the period but trailed after one.

The IceRays got the lone goal of a wide open second period. Jeff Grant scored on a wrist shot from just inside the right circle to tie the score 3-3 at 4:41. Cacciola was pulled after the goal for Brett Jaeger. The Brahmas outshot the IceRays 18-12 in the period and the game went into the third period tied.

Neither team scored in the third period or in overtime and the Brahmas went 3-5 in the shootout and the IceRays went 1-4 to give Texas the victory.

Dustin Traylen (4-7-1) took the shootout loss making 39 saves on 42 shots and Brett Jaeger (13-4-3) earned the win making 18 saves on as many shots. David Cacciola made 15 saves on 18 shots and did not figure into the decision. The IceRays power play went 0-6 while the Brahmas went 1-7 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot by the Brahmas 43-36.

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