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IceRays complete perfect week with 4-2 win

January 24, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Corpus Christi IceRays capped off a perfect week with a 4-2 win over the New Mexico Scorpions Saturday night at the Santa Ana Star Center from Rio Rancho, NM. The IceRays completed a 3-0 week and won their season-high fourth straight game to improve their record to 17-18-4 on the season. With the win, the Rays also leapt over the Arizona Sundogs for fifth place in the Southern Conference. The also Rays retain two games in hand over Arizona. Corpus Christi will conclude their four-game road trip on Tuesday as they travel to Odessa to take on the Jackalopes. For more information on the IceRays, please call 361-814-PUCK or visit them online at www.ccrayz.com.

The IceRays took an early 1-0 lead when Chris Richards tipped a Ryan Crane slapshot past Andrew Martin on a Corpus Christi power play at 4:16 of the first. The Scorpions responded when Chris Robertson scored his 21st of the season at 11:15 to tie the score at 1-1. The IceRays outshot the Scorpions 12-8 in the first period.

In the second period the teams erupted for a combined four goals in just over four and a half minutes. Aaron MacInnis got it started for New Mexico when he scored on a power play just 56 seconds into the period to give the Scorps their first lead of the game 2-1. The lead was short lived, however, as Corpus Christi answered 30 seconds later. Ryan Bennett scored a power play goal on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle at 1:26 to tie the score. Then Curtis Huppe scored twice in less than two minutes to give the Rays the lead again. At 3:38 Huppe scored on a rebound and then at 5:34 finished off a beautiful rush into the zone by Chris Greene. The Scorps outshot the IceRays 9-7 in the period, but Corpus Christi took a 4-2 lead into the final period.

Neither team tallied in the final frame and the IceRays retained their 4-2 advantage for their fourth straight win.

Kris Tebbs (13-10-3) earned the win making 34 saves on 35 shots. Andrew Martin (9-14) took the loss making 15 saves on 19 shots. Kyle McNulty made nine saves on nine shots and didn't figure into the decision. The IceRays power play went 2-6 while the Scorpions went 1-5 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot by the Scorps 30-28.

The IceRays will conclude their four-game road trip through four states on Tuesday in Odessa. The Rays return 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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