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First period flurry lifts Gorillas past Rayz, 6-4

November 28, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Corpus Christi Rayz and the Amarillo Gorillas played a sixty minute game at the American Bank Center on Tuesday Night. However, it was just a single minute that ended up as the difference maker in the Gorillas 6-4 win. Amarillo tallied three times in a 52 second span in the first period and held off a late Rayz attack to snap Corpus Christi's CHL-high six game point streak. The Rayz loss was their first in regulation since November 11th and tightened the top of the Southeast Division. The Rayz remain in second place in the division one point in front of Rio Grande Valley and one point behind Laredo. The Rayz will play both clubs a combined three times this weekend in key divisional matchups.

The Amarillo Gorillas took early control of the hockey game with an offensive burst late in the frame. Amarillo tallied three times in a 52 second span late in the first period. On a power play, Brent Draney got the scoring started with a deflection goal at 14:01. 27 seconds later, Austin Sutter scored his first pro goal from the bottom of the slot. Only 25 seconds after that David Silverstone potted his second of the year from the left edge of the slot. Brent Zelenewich (10 shots, 7 saves) was pulled after the third goal and replaced by Ron Vogel. For the second straight game, the Rayz fell behind 3-0 in the first period, despite outshooting their opponent in the frame. Corpus Christi outshot Amarillo 13-11.

In the second period, the Rayz once again outshot the Gorillas, however Amarillo extended their lead. Silverstone scored his second of the night with a blistering slapshot that beat Vogel at 16:00. Just 15 seconds later the Rayz got on the board when Blair Stayzer scored his first goal of the season. Adam Powell centered a pass from behind the net and Stayzer poked it around Vandespyker to make the score 4-1. The Rayz were hoping to turn the goal into a spark, however Amarillo tallied less than two minutes later when Rich Hansen scored on a backhand at 18:13 to make the score 5-1. The Rayz and Gorillas had a heated exchange at the end of the second period as the teams were exiting the ice. The Rayz outshot the Gorillas 15-12 in the period.

In the third period, the Rayz looked to get back into the hockey game and turned to rookie defenseman Jason Lepine. Lepine tallied a pair of third period goal 3:55 apart to cut the deficit in half. Lepine capped off an end to end rush with his third goal of the season from the left circle to make the score 5-2. Then at 4:58, Lepine tallied again for the edge of the left circle. The pair of goals pulled the Rayz within striking distance, however shortly thereafter Lepine was clipped with a high stick and went to the dressing room. A few minutes later, Amarillo pulled away again when Matt Miller snuck in back door and took a cross-ice feed to bury his second goal of the season and give the Gorillas a 6-3 lead. The Rayz once again pulled within two when Steve Pelletier scored at 16:11, but Corpus Christi could not get any closer, and the Gorillas hung on for the 6-4 win.

The Rayz loss dropped their record to 8-7-2 on the year. The Gorillas improved their record to 7-6-2 and snapped a six-game road losing streak. Zelenewich did not figure into the decision, and Vogel took the loss making 20 saves on 23 shots. His record fell to 6-5-1. Vandespyker made 36 saves on 40 shots to win his third of the year improving to 3-4-1. The Rayz outshot Amarillo 40-33. Corpus Christi went 1-10 on the power play. Amarillo went 1-7. Corpus Christi now has power play goals scored and allowed in each of their last seven contests.

Corpus Christi will continue their week in Rio Grande Valley on Friday Night in the first of a home and home set. The Rayz will return to the American Bank Center on Saturday Night, December 2nd for the second FJO and Planet Ladies Night of the season. The Rayz will host the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees and it's another installment of the FJO Great Diamond Giveaway, Presented by Planet 102.3FM. The Rayz will give away a $6,000 diamond at the game, guaranteed. Simply register at FJO for your chance to win. Plus, the Rayz will welcome, Latin sensation Gabriel Soto to the game where fans can meet and take photographs with the world renowned model, actor and singer.

Then on Sunday, it's Corpus Christi Caller-Times Family Day as the Rayz host the Laredo Bucks at 3:05pm. Kids 12 and under (limit two) will receive free tickets to the game with the purchase of a regular priced adult ticket. Plus fans can skate with the Rayz in a free Post-Game skating session on the ice. Bring your skates or rent them at the American Bank Center. Tickets are available for all three games. For more information, please call the Rayz at (361) 814-PUCK.

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