IceRays topple Scorpions, 6-3
Through the Corpus Christi IceRays recent five-game losing skid, special teams was often the culprit. On Wednesday Night from New Mexico, Corpus Christi flipped the script and their special teams play awoke with a bang. The IceRays scored three special teams goals and were led in net with a 47 save night from Kris Tebbs to beat the New Mexico Scorpions 6-3. The victory snapped their losing skid, and improved Corpus Christi's record to 2-5 on the year. The IceRays will continue their week on the road this Friday and Saturday in Arizona to take on the Sudogs.
The IceRays dominated the first thanks to the three goals on special teams. Ryan Bennett scored on a power play 3:50 into the game on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle through traffic to give the Rays the first goal of the game. The Rays added to their lead at 5:30 when Mike Zbriger redirected a shot on a power play past Scorps netminder Andrew Martin to make it 2-0. Corpus Christi capped the opening period scoring a shorthanded tally in the final minute at 19:09. Defenseman Chris Mei's shot from the slot caromed in off a New Mexico stick to give the IceRays a 3-0 advantage after one period. The Rays outshot the Scoprions 15-14 in the period.
After a 25 minute delay with the lighting before the second period, play resumed and the Scorpions jumped on the scoreboard. At 4:36 Jamie Herrington scored from the bottom of the slot to make it 3-1 IceRays. Then at 16:55, Mitch Stephens cut through the Corpus zone on a power play and made a move beating Kris Tebbs to pull the Scorpions within a goal. The IceRays came back with a late goal of their own as Bob Rapoza scored a back hand from the slot at 18:38 for his first goal with the IceRays. The Scorpions controlled the flow of the period, outshooting Corpus Christi 25-6.
The IceRays added goals from Zbriger and Mark Tobin in the third to close out the game, while the Scorps got a goal in the final minute of regulation from Craig MacDonald.
Tebbs (2-2) earned the win making 47 saves on 50 shots while Andrew Martin (2-2) took the loss with 27 saves on 33 shots. The IceRays power play went 2-7 while the Scorpions went 1-8 on the man advantage. The Scorpions outshot the IceRays 50-33. The IceRays continue their four-game road trip this Friday and Saturday Night in Arizona. They return to the American Bank Center on Nov. 15th to host the Amarillo Gorillas at 7:05pm. 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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