Sundogs Edge IceRays in 1-0 Shootout Win
The Corpus Christi IceRays and Arizona Sundogs entered Friday night's contest deadlocked in the Southern Conference standings. After 65 minutes of hockey, they showed just how evenly matched they are. Marco Emond made 33 saves and stopped four of five shooters in a shootout to lead the Sundogs to a 1-0 victory at the American Bank Center. Kris Tebbs earned a rare shutout and overtime loss combo with a 24 save performance for the IceRays. Corpus Christi's loss dropped their record to 22-27-5 on the season, and dropped them one point back of Arizona for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference, but the IceRays retained a game in hand. The IceRays also pulled nine points behind Rio Grande Valley. The IceRays will now begin a five-game road trip with a Saturday night visit to Rio Grande Valley while Arizona travels to Laredo. The IceRays also gained a point for a three point lead over the New Mexico Scorpions who lost in Odessa.
The clubs played an even first period and neither team found the back of the net. The IceRays outshot the Sundogs 9-7 in the period. The scoreless frame marked the first time in ten games that the IceRays and their opponent remained scoreless through the opening period - dating back to Feb. 3rd vs. Rio Grande Valley.
The game remained scoreless in the second period as the Rays outshot the Sundogs 12-8 in the middle stanza. The IceRays and Sundogs both hit goal posts in the second, but both clubs went into the third period scoreless for the first time this season.
It remained scoreless through the third period and overtime and was decided in a shootout. Emond stopped four of five with only Justin Quenneville finding the back of the net. Tebbs stopped two of four shooters with Karl Sellan and Kyle Hood scoring for the Dogs. Hood was credited with the game winning goal.
Kris Tebbs (18-18-4) took the overtime loss making 24 saves on 24 shots. Marco Emond (15-15-3) earned the win making 33 saves on 33 shots. The IceRays power play went 0-5 and the Sundogs went 0-6 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Sundogs 33-25. Remarkably, the Rays are now 2-10-1 in their last 13 games when they've outshot their opponent. The overtime game snapped a stretch of 22 straight non-OT games since Jan. 3rd.
The IceRays now travel away from Corpus Christi for a season-long five-game road trip, beginning Saturday night in Rio Grande Valley. There are only three home games left this season. Make your plans to catch the IceRays before the season ends. For more information, please call the Rays at 361.814.PUCK.
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