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IceRays beat Sundogs 5-2

January 17, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

Chris Richards, Justin Quenneville and John Halverson each notched three point nights on Saturday as the Corpus Christi IceRays beat the Arizona Sundogs 5-2 at the American Bank Center. The IceRays win snapped a four-game losing skid, and handed the Sundogs their fourth straight defeat. Corpus Christi improved their record to 14-18-4 and narrowed the gap to just four points between them and the Sundogs, who currently rank fifth in the Southern Conference. The Rays retained three games in hand over Arizona. Corpus Christi will now begin a four-game road trip on Wednesday as they travel to four different states on their trek away from South Texas. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361-814-PUCK or visit them online at www.ccrayz.com.

The Sundogs took an early lead on their first shot of the night. Matt Suderman scored through traffic from the left point at 3:49 of the opening period. The IceRays answered midway through the frame at 10:39 when Jeff Grant found a carom off the end glass and bounce into the crease where he jabbed the puck past Joel Gistedt. The Rays took their first lead 56 seconds later on a power play when Jeremy Leroux redirected a shot by John Halverson to give the IceRays a 2-1 lead. Both teams had nine shots in the opening period.

The IceRays dominated the majority of play in the middle frame outshooting the Sundogs 18-6, but both teams tallied once in the middle frame. The IceRays took a two-goal lead at 3-1 when Justin Quenneville redirected a Halverson pass on a power play at 14:59. But the Sundogs came back to get within a goal in the final minute of the period. Kyle Hood snuck behind the defense and down the right circle and scored a backhand goal over Kris Tebbs at 19:08. The IceRays took a 3-2 lead into the final period.

The Rays put the game away in the third period with two goals from Chris Richards. Richards tallied a pair of redirection goals at 4:30 and 7:10 for his 19th and 20th goals of the season to cement the IceRays 5-2 victory. The IceRays are now unbeaten in their last seven games (4-0-3) against Arizona.

Kris Tebbs (10-10-3) earned the win making 19 saves on 21 shots. Joel Gistedt (4-10-0) took the loss making 30 saves on 35 shots. The IceRays power play went 3-6 while the Sundogs went 0-4 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Sundogs 35-21 - their fifth straight game outshooting their opponent.

The IceRays now hit the road for a four-game road trip through four states. The IceRays will travel to Rapid City, Rocky Mountain, New Mexico and Odessa before returning home to host the Texas Brahmas on Thursday, Jan. 29th. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.

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