Killer Bees Top IceRays 6-3
Brett Cloutheir scored his first two goals for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees as a first period flurry propelled the Bees past the Corpus Christi IceRays 6-3 from the Dodge Arena on Friday night. The IceRays loss dropped their record to 8-11-3 on the year. The IceRays will return home to host the Missouri Mavericks on Saturday night at 7:05pm at the American Bank Center on Caller-Times Family Night. Get a Caller-Times Family Four-pack of tickets for just $34. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.
The clubs played a wide-open first period, and Rio Grande Valley peppered the IceRays with a season-high 23 shots in the opening period. Rio Grande rookie Sean Muncy got the scoring started at 3:54 with a rebound goal to make it 1-0 Bees. After weathering a storm following the goal, the IceRays tied the score when Rob Jarvis directed a shot into the low right corner from the left point past a screened Wylie Rogers at 11:23. The Bees recaptured the lead when Brett Clouthier scored from the right circle at 13:17. Minutes later, on a similar looking play, Aaron Lee tallied again for the Bees from the left circle at 15:45 to make it 3-1 Rio Grande Valley after one period. The Bees outshot the IceRays 23-10 in the period.
The Bees added to their lead in the second period getting the first two goals of the frame. Daymen Rycroft hustled into the play to join Grant Goeckner-Zoeller and took a feed in the slot where he beat Kevin Nastiuk at 6:35 to make it 4-1 Bees. Clouthier then struck for the second time in the game at 15:53 to extend the lead to 5-1. The IceRays stopped the string of four straight Killer Bees goals when Adam Powell took a feed from Kyle Peto at the bottom of the slot on an odd-man rush and scored to make it 5-2. The IceRays outshot the Bees 14-12 in the period.
The teams traded early third period goals to end the scoring. Joel Irving broke into the IceRays zone on a power play behind the Rays defense and beat Nastiuk at 1:09 to make it 6-2. Powell then redirected a centering feed past Rogers off his skate at 1:48 to make it 6-3. Powell appeared to score a goal late in the period that was disallowed, ruling his stick was too high when it deflected the puck. The goal would have given him a hat trick, but the game ended 6-3 in favor of Rio Grande Valley.
Kevin Nastiuk (4-5-1) made 37 saves on 43 shots taking the loss. Wylie Rogers (5-3) earned the win stopping 34 of 37 shots. The IceRays power play went 0-5 and the Bees went 1-5. The IceRays were outshot by the Bees 45-37 in the game.
The IceRays return home to host the Missouri Mavericks on Saturday night at 7:05pm at the American Bank Center on Caller-Times Family Night. Get a Caller-Times Family Four-pack of tickets for just $34. Seats are also available in an all-you-can-eat section for just $18 for adults and $12 for children. Tickets are currently available. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.
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