IceRays lose 3-1 to Killer Bees
Grant Goeckner-Zoeller had two goals and Christian Boucher made 29 saves on 30 shots to lead the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees past the Corpus Christi IceRays 3-1 on Friday night at the Dodge Arena. The loss moved Corpus Christi's record to 27-30-6 on the season, and kept the IceRays magic number at two points to clinch a playoff spot. The IceRays are now need a win on Saturday or help in the Arizona - New Mexico rematch to clinch a playoff spot. Corpus Christi will finish the regular season in Bossier-Shreveport on Saturday. For more information on the IceRays, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.
The IceRays controlled the tempo in the first period and peppered the Rio Grande Valley net with 21 shots, but could not solve goaltender Christian Boucher. The teams remained scoreless through the first with the Rays outshooting the Killer Bees 21-7.
The Killer Bees turned the tide in the second and titled the ice in their favor. Rio Grande Valley broke the scoreless tie when Nic Dumoulin's shot from the left circle hit the post and caromed to Grant Goeckner-Zoeller in the low slot where he buried the rebound at 11:16. The goal stood as the only though the first 40 minutes. The Bees outshot the IceRays 14-4 in the period.
The Killer Bees put the game away in the third. Trevor Weisgerber snapped a shot past Kris Tebbs at the left circle at 8:51 on a power play to make it 2-0. Then Goeckner-Zoeller scored his second of the night at 13:03 to extend the lead for Rio Grande Valley. The IceRays got on the board when Chris Richards scored his team-leading 27th goal of the year at 15:21, but that's as close as the Rays got.
Kris Tebbs (23-20-5) took the loss making 27 saves on 30 shots. Christian Boucher (17-14-2) earned the win making 29 saves on 29 shots. The IceRays power play went 0-2 and the Bees went 1-3 on the man advantage. The IceRays and the Bees each had 30 shots.
The IceRays will finish the season on the road with a Saturday night visit to Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK.
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