Rayz Edge Kings 3-2 in Shootout
Corpus Christi, TX - Kevin Waters' shootout goal in the seventh round of the shootout was the difference, as the Corpus Christi Rayz defeated the Lubbock Cotton Kings 3-2 in overtime Friday night. The overtime loss extends the Kings winless streak to four games (0-3-1) and it was their first ever loss inside the American Bank Center (3-0-1).
The Rayz jumped out to a 1-0 lead 3:06 into the game with Ryan Carter redirecting a shot by Nicklas Lindberg past J.F. Perras. The Kings ended their season high scoring drought at 87:39 with a goal by Trevor Weisgerber halfway through the period to tie the game at 1-1. Lubbock closed the period with a goal by Jimmy Callahan with 51-seconds remaining to take a 2-1 lead. Mike Carter was able to force the puck in front of the net, where Callahan, waiting at the doorstep of the crease, slammed it past Rayz goaltender Brent Zelenewich for his first goal since November 17th and ninth of the season.
Corpus Christi kept the Kings off the board in the second period and tied the contest up 4:02 into the period with a power play goal. A rebound off a shot from the right circle deflected off the leg pads of Perras right to Watters in the left circle, who fired it past Perras.
After a scoreless third period, the two teams played an eventful overtime. Lubbock received a power play opportunity in overtime, but they surrendered three shorthanded breakaways. Perras was huge in overtime for the Kings, turning away all three breakaways and a total of seven shots in the extra session. The Kings found themselves shorthanded late in overtime and they were able to hold off the Rayz to force the shootout.
The shootout went seven rounds deep, with Lubbock receiving goals from Trevor Weisgerber and Bobby Brown, while the Rayz received shootout tallies from Jason Baird and Carter prior to Watters' game winner.
Perras stopped 40 of 42 shots in the overtime loss and his record drops to 4-4-1. Zelenewich improved his record to 3-4-1 on the season with a 36-save performance. Lubbock struggled on the power play, going scoreless on seven attempts, while the Rayz converted on one of five chances.
The Kings travel back to Lubbock to host the Laredo Bucks Saturday night at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Lubbock carries a 10-9-2 record into the contest.
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