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Corpus Christi Hangs On For Win In Wild Affair

November 14, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

What a difference a day makes. After falling behind early on Friday the Corpus Christi IceRays used a big first period to skate past the Arizona Sundogs 6-4 at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley on Saturday Night. It was a playoff style atmosphere as the IceRays and Sundogs combined for ten goals, numerous fights and a lot of bad blood in the IceRays win. Ryan Garbutt's three point night led the IceRays improving their record to 4-5-2 on the year, and splitting the weekend set with the Sundogs. The IceRays will wrap up their four-game road trip on Tuesday night at Rio Grande Valley at 7:35pm, before returning to the American Bank Center on Friday, November 20th to host the Allen Americans.

The IceRays flipped the script from Friday night by opening up the game with a barrage of goals early. Jereme Tendler scored his 10th of the year on a rebound just 16 seconds into the game to set the tone. The IceRays followed that with a shorthanded goal at 3:50 after Ryan Garbutt set up Morgan MacLean on a two-on-one. The IceRays increased their lead to 3-0 on a two-man advantage when Chad Woollard muscled a shot past J.F. Perras from the bottom of the right circle. The IceRays three goal outburst in 4:52 put them in control. Arizona got on the board later in the period on a disputed goal when Kyle Hood's rebound on a Sundogs power play appeared to be stopped by Kris Tebbs on the goal line with an acrobatic save. However, after a conference between referee Mike Wiegart and the goal judge, Hood was awarded the goal at 8:34. It was one of five Sundogs power plays in the first period, as the Sundogs outshot the Rays 17-6, but the Rays took a 3-1 lead into the locker room after on period.

The teams kept trading goals in the second period. The IceRays extended the lead to 4-1 early in the period on another two-man advantage when Chris Richards batted a waist-high rebound past Perras at 1:23 of the period. The Sundogs then brought the margin back to two when Torren Delforte scored from the slot at 4:42. Just over a minute later, the IceRays made it 5-2 when Ryan Garbutt tallied from Justin Quenneville score from between the circles at 5:50. Arizona again came back to light to the lamp on a nice individual effort from Kevin Gardner at 14:32. Gardner pick the puck up at the blue line and curled past the IceRays defense and slam one home past Kris Tebbs from the top of the crease. The Sundogs outshot the IceRays 18-8, but the Rays retained their two-goal advantage.

The Sundogs got within a goal in the third when Scott Thauwald scored at 13:49. There were a number of delays following that with multiple line brawls and several player ejections. Corpus Christi capped the scoring when Garbutt was pulled down from behind heading toward an empty net at 19:34. Garbutt was awarded a goal for a penalty shot with an empty net to give the IceRays a 6-4 victory.

Kris Tebbs (2-2-2) earned the win stopping 44 of 48 shots against. J.F. Perras (4-3-1) took the loss stopping 14 of 19 shots. The IceRays power play went 2-7 and the Sundogs went 1-12. The Sundogs outshot the Rays 48-20 in the game.

The IceRays will wrap up their four-game road trip on Tuesday night at Rio Grande Valley at 7:35pm, before returning to the American Bank Center on Friday, November 20th to host the Allen Americans. The game can be heard on the IceRays flagship radio station 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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