IceRays blank Rush
The Corpus Christi IceRays capped off a superb weekend with their second straight blowout victory Saturday night with a 5-0 win over the Rapid City Rush at the American Bank Center. Kevin Beech made 39 saves for his second shutout with Corpus Christi. The IceRays have now won four of their last five games, and improved to 23-21-7 on the season. The win vaulted the IceRays four points ahead of Rio Grande Valley for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. They remained six points behind the Laredo Bucks for fourth place, and eight behind the Texas Brahmas for third. The IceRays will return to the American Bank Center on Thursday night to host the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Tickets are currently on sale. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.
It was déjà vu from Friday night as the IceRays opened the game with a pair of early goals. Just 1:14 into the hockey game, Kyle Peto sprung Ryan Garbutt on a breakaway where Garbutt went to his backhand and lifted a shot over Miguel Beaudry to get the Rays on the board. Only 93 seconds later Chad Woollard converted a two-on-one with his 35th goal of the season to make it 2-0. The IceRays appeared to increase their lead at 15:21 when Chris Richards poked a puck underneath Beaudry into the net, but it was whistled dead and waived off by referee Jon McIsaac. The IceRays outshot the Rush 16-14 in the period.
The IceRays kept the pedal down in the second period with a pair of power play goals. Corpus Christi made it 3-0 when Steve Later scored from the top of the crease at 1:53. Later in the frame, at 12:10 Kyle Peto scored on a rebound to make it 4-0 IceRays. The Rush outshot the IceRays 11-7 in the period, but Corpus Christi took a 4-0 lead into the final frame.
The IceRays capped off the scoring with Ryan Bennett's power play goal 12:29 into the third period to complete the 5-0 win. Kyle Peto and Steve Later led the way with a goal and two assists each.
Kevin Beech (12-5-3) earned his second shutout win of the season, making 39 saves on 39 shots. Miguel Beaudry (13-7-3) took the loss making 26 saves on 31 shots. The IceRays power play went 3-8 and the Rush went 0-3. The IceRays were outshot by the Rush 39-31 in the game.
The IceRays will return to the American Bank Center on Thursday night to host the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees on Dollar Menu Night. Get $1 hot dogs, popcorn, and soda at the game. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.
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