IceRays Skate Past Sundogs 5-4
The Corpus Christi Christi IceRays couldn't pull away from the Arizona Sundogs on Thursday Night, but they did keep the defending champs at bay down the stretch to hold on for a 5-4 victory from the American Bank Center. Chris Richards led the way with two goals and an assist as Corpus Christi earned points for the third time in as many games this season against the Sundogs. The IceRays win capped off a six-game home stand in which Corpus Christi went 4-2. The IceRays improved to 7-8-1 on the year and 3 within three points of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees who they face Friday. Corpus Christi will cap off the week with two games on the road, Friday in Rio Grande Valley and Saturday in Odessa. The Rays return to the American Bank Center next Thursday for another Z-95 College Night. For more information, please contact the IceRays at 361-814-PUCK.
The IceRays jumped in front of the Sundogs with a solid opening period. The Rays struck first for just the fourth time this year on a two-man advantage when Chris Richards tipped home a Justin Quenneville feed in the crease at 7:09. The IceRays then made it 2-0 when Bob Rapoza set up Adam Powell in the left circle and his low shot beat Marco Emond far side at 19:39. The IceRays outshot the 15-10 in the period.
The Sundogs got on the board early in the second to begin an offensive middle period. Chris Bartolone's slapshot from the blue line on an Arizona power play at 3:20 cut the IceRays lead to 2-1. The Rays responded however with a pair of goals to take command of the scoreboard. At 5:28 Ryan Bennett scored from the right circle on a two on one to make it 3-1. Then at 13:04 a Bennett rebound deflected off of Richards skate and past Emond to increase the IceRays lead to 4-1. But before the period ended, the Sundogs were awarded seven power plays in the frame, including five straight and three two man advantages. And the Sundogs capitalized to get back in the game. Adam Perry scored from the right circle on a two-man advantage at 17:26 and then Joel Irving scored on a one-timer at 19:36 on another two-man advantage to make it 4-3 IceRays after two periods. The Sundogs outshot the IceRays 15-12 in the period.
The IceRays again took back their multi-goal advantage when Jeff Grant scored his first goal since opening night after a bad giveaway by the Sundogs in their zone. Grant found daylight outside the top of the crease and beat Emond with a backhand at 1:57 to make it 5-3 IceRays. The Sundogs power play unit struck again, however, to get back within one. John Landry scored on a slapshot from the blue line at 10:38 to conclude the scoring. The IceRays held off a charge late and secured their one-goal win.
Kris Tebbs (5-4-1) earned the win making 30 saves on 34 shots while Emond (5-6-1) took the loss with 35 saves on 40 shots. The IceRays power play went 1-9 while the Sundogs went 4-12 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Sundogs 40-34.
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