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IceRays edge Gorillas 5-4

November 15, 2008 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Corpus Christi IceRays eclipsed three different deficits and then held on in the third period to beat the Amarillo Gorillas 5-4 on Saturday Night from the American Bank Center. Adam Powell led the offensive charge with a pair of goals and Corpus Christi snapped their four-game, home losing skid. The IceRays earned points for the fourth time in the last five games. Corpus Christi improved their season record to 4-6-1 while Amarillo fell to 4-8 on the season. The IceRays are home next Saturday Night to host the Mississippi RiverKings on Caller-Times Family Night. Get a family four pack of tickets in most sections for just $32. For more information, please contact the IceRays at 361-814-PUCK.

The Gorillas struck first when Jason Weitzel scored from the bottom of the slot at 4:23. The IceRays answered when Adam Powell hustled to a loose puck in the left circle and buried it past Amarillo goaltender Ryan Scott at 7:05. On the ensuing face-off, Powell fought James Jernberg trying to give his club a boost. However, it was the Gorillas who got the next goal. Off a defensive turnover Stuart MacRae scored on a slapshot from the right circle at 18:53. The Gorillas took a 2-1 lead into the second period after outshooting the Rays 12-10.

In the second period, the IceRays again turned to Adam Powell. On a power play, Powell converted a chance from just outside the top of the crease at 3:48 to tie the game at two. The Gorillas again took the lead back when Jamie McKinuen's shot from the left point soared through traffic for a power play goal at 8:48. The IceRays tied the game for the third time on a gorgeous goal from Mike Zbriger at 15:57. The Rays then took their first lead of the game at 18:21 when Nick Bachand poked his own rebound underneath Scott and into the net. Corpus Christi took a 4-3 lead into the third period and outshot Amarillo 7-6 in the frame.

The IceRays added an insurance goal early in the third period after Scott had a shot pop out of his glove and into the slot where Ryan Bennett was waiting to score on the rebound at 2:14. The Gorillas got within one when Weitzel powered a shot past Dustin Traylen that trickled behind him and into the net. The Gorillas pulled their goaltender late and had a power play for a two-man advantage but Traylen and company held on for the 5-4 win.

Traylen (1-3) earned the win making 25 saves on 29 shots while Scott (2-4) took the loss with 21 saves on 26 shots. The IceRays power play went 1-7 while the Gorillas also went 1-7 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot by the Gorillas 29-26.

The IceRays now remain at the American Bank Center for a six-game home stand, continuing next Saturday Night when the IceRays host the Mississippi RiverKings at 7:05pm on Caller-Times Family Night. Get a family four pack of tickets in most sections for just $32. Tickets to all IceRays games are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets or the American Bank Center Box Office. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.

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