Brahmas edge IceRays
The Corpus Christi IceRays had their three-game winning streak snapped with their 17th one-goal loss of the season, falling 4-3 to the Texas Brahmas on Friday night at the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, TX. The IceRays fell to 24-22-7 on the season, dropped eight points behind the Brahmas for the number three spot in the Southern Conference. Pending the Rio Grande Valley result later in the evening, the IceRays remained five points ahead of Rio Grande Valley for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. The IceRays will conclude the weekend with a Saturday night trip to face the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees at 7:35pm. The game can be heard in South Texas on ESPN 1230AM. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.
The IceRays fell behind for the first time in four games, when Jordan Cameron got the scoring started for Texas. Cameron lit the lamp from the bottom of the right circle and roofed a shot over Kevin Beech at 3:26 to make it 1-0 Brahmas. The lead remained for the majority of the period, until the IceRays created a turnover deep in Texas territory and Chris Richards scored from the low right circle at 19:02 to tie the score. The Brahmas outshot the IceRays 10-8, but the teams went to the intermission tied 1-1.
The IceRays took their first lead of the game early in the second when Adam Powell converted a two-on-one at 3:28. The Brahmas answered when Tyler Skworchinski scored from the slot on a power play at 7:09 to tie the score at 2-2. 30 second later Scott Thauwald scored from just outside the crease to reclaim the lead for Texas. The Brahmas took a 3-2 lead into the final frame, with both teams manufacturing ten shots on goal in the second.
The IceRays threw everything they had at the Brahmas net in the third, but couldn't find the equalizer. With a late power play, the IceRays pulled the goaltender but Skworchinski scored an empty net goal at 19:31 to make it 4-2 Brahmas. The IceRays scored with 1.1 second left on the same power play when Ryan Garbutt tallied, but there was no time left for a comeback effort.
Kevin Beech (13-6-3) took the loss, making 27 saves on 30 shots. Brett Jaeger (18-11-1) earned the win making 26 saves on 29 shots. The IceRays power play went 1-2 and the Brahmas went 1-4. The IceRays were outshot by the Brahmas 31-29 in the game.
The IceRays will conclude the weekend with a Saturday night trip to face the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees at 7:35pm. The game can be heard in South Texas on ESPN 1230AM. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.
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