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Scorpions hold on to beat IceRays

February 21, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

Rookie Torren Delforte had two goals and former Rays forward Chris Robertson had a goal and two assists to lead the New Mexico Scorpions past the Corpus Christi IceRays 5-3 at the American Bank Center on Saturday night. Corpus Christi outshot New Mexico 41-22 but never led in the hockey game and completed their first weekend under new Coach Brent Hughes with one win and one loss. The IceRays loss dropped their record to 22-26-4 on the season, and kept them one point ahead of Arizona for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference - who also lost on Saturday night. Corpus Christi also remained eight points behind Rio Grande Valley. The IceRays will remain at home for Tuesday's 5th Annual Cool School Day Game against the Texas Brahmas at 11:00am. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.

The IceRays fell behind early in the first when they gave up a shorthanded two on none and Torren Delforte took a feed from Chris Robertson just outside the crease and scored his 19th of the year. It was the league-most 14th shorthanded goal allowed by the IceRays. The IceRays answered later in the frame when Jereme Tendler entered the offensive zone, circled behind the net and then coasted into the slot where his shot went through a screen and tied the game at 1-1 at 10:49. The IceRays outshot the Scorpions 11-3 in the frame.

In the second period, the IceRays continued to get early chances but couldn't find the back of the net. Then in the second half of the period, the Scorps took control of the game. At 10:57 Delforte jumped out of the penalty box and entered the zone and took a shot that deflected off of IceRays defenseman John Halverson's stick over Kris Tebbs and into the net. Three minutes later at 13:56 Craig Macdonald scored from the left circle after a Rays defensive zone turnover. At 17:57 on a power play Michael Beynon scored on a rebound. The three-goal flurry in seven minutes gave New Mexico a 4-1 lead after two periods. The Rays outshot the Scorps 15-13 in the period.

The IceRays made a valiant effort in the third with two goals to inch within one. Justin Quenneville started the third period comeback stuffing in a puck from a traffic jam in the crease on a Rays power play at 2:10. The IceRays then made it 4-3 Scorps when Ryan Bennett scored another power play goal from the right circle to snap an 11-game goal drought at 9:23. With the equalizer within reach, the IceRays put pucks towards the net, but McNulty turned all of them aside. Then at 4:13 Chris Robertson made a move to get into the Corpus Christi zone and uncorcked a slapshot from the high slot to give the Scorpions a 5-3 lead. That would cap the scoring and cement the New Mexico victory.

Kris Tebbs (18-17-3) took the loss making 17 saves on 22 shots. Kyle McNulty (5-3) earned the win making 38 saves on 41 shots. The IceRays power play went 2-8 and the Scorpions went 1-7 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Scorpions 41-22.

The IceRays will return to the American Bank Center on Tuesday morning at 11:00am when they host the Texas Brahmas on the 5th Annual Cool School Day Game. For more information, please call the Rays at 361.814.PUCK.

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