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Rayz fall to Scorps but clinch home ice to begin playoffs

March 14, 2007 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Corpus Christi Rayz fell to the New Mexico Scorpions 5-2 on Wednesday night, but still accomplished their season-long goal of securing home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. Despite the fact that the Rayz suffered their first regulation loss on the road since January 7th, and had both a three-game winning streak and six-game point streak snapped, the Rayz locked up the #3 seed in the Southern Conference after Amarillo fell to Rocky Mountain on Wednesday. Corpus Christi fell to 33-20-7 for 73 points and remained as the number two team in the Southern Conference. The Rayz will host games one and two at the American Bank Center in late March and now await other results to determine their opponent. 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.

Former Rayz forward Chris Robertson score the lone goal of the first period on a shorthanded breakaway at 6:59 of the frame. The teams both put nine shots on goal and the Scorps held a 1-0 advantage into the second.

In the middle period, both teams found the scoring touch. The clubs combined for five goals with the Scorpions getting three. The Rayz tied the score at 5:40 when Todd Paul scored from the top of the slot. 30 seconds later Kevin Harvey recaptured the lead for New Mexico capping off an odd-man rush from the left circle. At 7:40 Jeremy Garrison redirected a shot from the top of the crease that trickled through Ron Vogel to give the Scorpions the 3-1 lead. The Rayz got back to within one on the power play when Derrick McIver deflected a Geno Parrish shot past David Cacciola at 9:13 to make the score 3-2. Kevin Harvey capped the second period scoring on a power play with a rebound goal from the bottom of the right circle at 10:18 closing a five goal flurry in a 4:38 second span. The Rayz outshot the Scorps 16-11 in the first period, but headed to the third trailing 4-2.

In the third period, the Scorps put the game on ice with Konrad Reeder's power play goal at 11:49 of the frame.

Vogel made 22 saves on 27 shots and fell to 21-12-4 on the year while Cacciola earned the win, upping to 19-3-1 while making 31 saves on 33 shots. The Rayz outshot the Scorpions 33-27. The Rayz went 1-5 on the power play and the Scorps went 2-7. New Mexico improved to 30-21-6 on the year and with the win became the third Southern Conference team to clinch a playoff spot in the 2007 CHL postseason. The game was the Rayz first in New Mexico since falling 2-1 on October 29, 2004 in Ken McRae's third career game coaching the Rayz.

Corpus Christi is your town and the Rayz are Your Team! Join 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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