Rayz beat Killer Bees 4-3 in overtime
One night after clinching a playoff spot, the Rayz made sure they moved closer to their next goal of earning home-ice advantage in the first round. Geno Parrish and Nick Lindberg each scored twice Saturday Night as the Corpus Christi Rayz came from behind to top the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 4-3 in overtime. It was the Rayz eighth win in the last nine meetings with the Bees. Corpus Christi is now 32-19-7 for 71 points and kept the second best record in the Southern Conference. The Rayz magic number to clinch home ice is down to six points. The Rayz now have points in five straight. Corpus Christi Playoff tickets are on sale now and packages start at just $72. For more information, please call the Rayz at (361) 814-PUCK.
The Bees dominated much of the opening period and got the only goal of the frame. Jonathan Robert tallied on a rebound at 16:03 to give the Bees a 1-0 lead. Rio Grande outshot Corpus Christi 15-5 in the first period.
In the second period, both teams lit the lamp twice. The Rayz tied the score 1-1 when Geno Parrish scored from the blue line at 5:23. David Masse recaptured the lead for the Bees with his 30th goal of the year at 6:53. Nick Lindberg tied it once again moments later at 9:27 with a wrist shot from the slot, but Masse scored his second of the game from the left circle at 10:36. The Bees took a 3-2 lead into the final period. Corpus Christi outshot the Valley 16-12 in the middle period.
Lindberg forced overtime with his goal from between the circles at 14:16 of the third period. In the extra session with time winding down, Corpus Christi turned to the veteran Parrish. Derrick McIver set up Parrish from the top of the slot where he blasted the game winner past Jeff Van Nynatten. Corpus Christi finished their season-high, four-game homestand 3-0-1 and will now go on the road for five straight, beginning Sunday afternoon in Laredo.
Zelenewich made 33 saves on 36 shots and improved to 12-8-3 on the year while Van Nynatten took the overtime loss, falling to 7-11-3 while making 40 saves on 44 shots. The Rayz outshot the Bees 44-36. The Rayz went 0-6 on the power play and the Bees went 1-5. The Killer Bees moved into sole possession of sixth place, one point ahead of the Austin Ice Bats and Odessa Jackalopes for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. They dropped to 23-26-8 on the year.
Corpus Christi is your town and the Rayz are Your Team! Come support the Rayz as they head into the post-season. Playoff packages start at just $72. Come support your hometown team! For more information, please call the Rayz at (361) 814-PUCK.
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