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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The Corpus Christi IceRays start their first day of training camp Wednesday afternoon at the American Bank Center to prepare themselves for the 2014-15 season, their fifth in the North American Hockey League.

This year's players began arriving to Corpus Christi last weekend and will take the ice for the first time Wednesday, August 20 at 2:00 p.m. Training camp is not open to the public.

The IceRays open their 2014-15 campaign on the road for two games against the Topeka RoadRunners on September 12 and 13. They travel to Blaine, Minn. and play four games at the NAHL Showcase before opening the doors of the American Bank Center for the first time this season on Saturday, September 27 against the Lone Star Brahmas.

Season tickets for the 2014-15 season of IceRays hockey are on sale NOW. Call the front office at 361-814-7825 for details, or check out the pricing and seating chart online at www.goicerays.com.

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition, stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/CorpusChristiIceRays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's YouTube channel (ICERAYS TV).

 

 


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IceRays Schedule At 2014 NAHL Showcase Released http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-schedule-at-2014-nahl-showcase-released/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-schedule-at-2014-nahl-showcase-released/ Sports - IceRays Fri, 18 Jul 2014 4:15:17 PM Corpus Christi IceRays IceRays Schedule At 2014 NAHL Showcase Released

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The final pieces of the puzzle in the 2014-2015 schedule for the Corpus Christi IceRays have been placed together as the North American Hockey League released its' schedule for the 2014 NAHL Showcase from Blaine, Minnesota. The IceRays are on tap to battle Kenai River, Minnesota Wilderness, Wenatchee, and Keystone during the four day event.

"The NAHL Showcase is a hectic time for everyone," said head coach John Becanic, entering his second season with the IceRays. "So much hockey in a short span. There is no way to prepare your players for what's ahead, so the best thing you can do is to instill the compete level and have the players manage their bodies. Four games in four days at various times you need for your players to prepare their bodies as such."

After opening the season in Topeka the weekend before, the ‘Rays will kick off the Showcase at 1:30PM CST on Wednesday, September 17th against the Kenai River Brown Bears. Last season, Corpus Christi and Kenai River face one another four times. The second day will feature the IceRays stepping on the ice with the Minnesota Wilderness at 8:00PM CST. Last year at the NAHL Showcase, the Wilderness took a 2-0 win over Corpus Christi. A rare divisional game will take place on day three as Wenatchee will get their first look at the IceRays as members of the South Division. The puck will drop on that contest at 1:45PM CST. The IceRays will meet a new member of the league on Saturday morning as the expansion Keystone Ice Miners, formerly the Port Huron Fighting Falcons, will play the early game at 9:30AM CST against the ‘Rays.

"It's a great opportunity in front of so many college and pro scouts," Becanic finished. "The level of play is phenomenal. You just want your players to enjoy the process and play at their best possible level."

Each year, this event draws the attention of hundreds of NCAA, NHL, and other junior scouts. Annually, the Showcase attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including a record number of 342 NHL, NCAA and junior scouts, who attended the 2013 NAHL Showcase last season. For more information on the NAHL Showcase including schedule, ticket prices, hotels, rental cars and arena information, CLICK HERE.

Following that game, Corpus Christi will return to the Coastal Bend and prepare for the home opener against Lone Star on Saturday, September 27th at 7:05PM inside American Bank Center.

All games at the 2014 NAHL Showcase will be broadcast LIVE on the TuneIn Radio APP, tunein.com, and fasthockey.com.

Season tickets for the 2014-2015 season of IceRays hockey are on sale NOW. Call the front office at 361-814-7825 for details or check out the pricing and seating chart online at www.goicerays.com.

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 


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ICERAYS Release 2014-15 Schedule http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-release-2014-15-schedule/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-release-2014-15-schedule/ Sports - IceRays Fri, 27 Jun 2014 5:34:24 PM iceRays.com ICERAYS Release 2014-15 Schedule

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The Corpus Christi IceRays have released their full finalized schedule for the 2014-2015 season, the fifth as members of the North American Hockey League and 17th overall since dropping the puck in the Coastal Bend for the 1998-1999 season.

 

The season will once again head North on the way to the NAHL Showcase with another pit stop in Topeka to start the regular season with a weekend set against the Topeka RoadRunners, who advanced to the Robertson Cup final against Austin this past year.

 

Corpus Christi will be busy at home the first half of the season with the home opener on Saturday, September 27th against the Lone Star Brahmas at 7:05PM CST for the only game of that weekend.

 

The following weekend on October 3rd and 4th, the IceRays will welcome in the Wenatchee Wild for the first time since they were assigned to the South Division.

 

A big month-long home stand will begin on Halloween Night, Friday, October 31st against Wichita Falls and end on Saturday, November 22nd in a battle with the Odessa Jackalopes.

 

The longest road trip for Corpus Christi will begin in the state of Washington on Friday, January 16th against Wenatchee at 9:05PM CST. The ‘Rays will also see stops in Wichita Falls (January 22nd and 23rd) along with a three game series in Ector County Coliseum with the Odessa Jackalopes on January 29th, 30th, and 31st.

 

Corpus Christi and Rio Grande Valley will get a five game series with one another. February 20th and 21st at American Bank Center, February 27th and 28th at State Farm Arena, and a mid-week matchup at home on Tuesday, March 3rd.

 

"Pack The House" weekend will take place March 27th and 28th as the Amarillo Bulls will come into the American Bank Center for the final two games of the regular season.

 

Specialty Nights and Game Night Promotions will be released shortly.

 

To download the full schedule, CLICK HERE

 

Season tickets for the 2014-2015 season of IceRays hockey are on sale NOW! Call the front office at 361-814-7825 for details or check out the pricing and seating chart online at www.goicerays.com.

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 

 


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Froese Commits to (D1) University of Alaska-Fairbanks http://www.kristv.com/news/froese-commits-to-d1-university-of-alaska-fairbanks/ http://www.kristv.com/news/froese-commits-to-d1-university-of-alaska-fairbanks/ Sports - IceRays Fri, 20 Jun 2014 5:11:31 PM Corpus Christi IceRays Froese Commits to (D1) University of Alaska-Fairbanks

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Former IceRays captain and veteran defenseman Kyle Froese will begin next season as a member of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks after committing to the Division I college this week.

 

"I'm very honored. But at the same time, very excited," said Froese. "It's a great opportunity for me and my family and I can't wait to make the best of every opportunity that I have."

 

Froese played three seasons in the North American Hockey League and came to Corpus Christi in a trade with the Soo Eagles following the 2012-2013 season. This past year, Froese was a captain of the IceRays and scored more points this season than he did with Soo and Traverse City combined. In 55 games with the IceRays, the Michigan native put up six goals and 16 assists.

 

"This is an example of "good things happen to good people". Kyle is truly one of the finest young men I've coached over my 30 years in the game," said head coach John Becanic. "Kyle came to Corpus Christi with a goal of receiving a Division I scholarship. His determination to be the best possible version of himself was evident everyday while in Corpus Christi. He is proof that your commitment, passion and respect for the game will allow you to achieve special things. I have no doubt that he will continue to make the IceRay organization proud as a member of the Nanooks."

 

After the season ended, Froese was drafted by the Omaha Lancers in the United States Hockey League with still a year left to play junior hockey. That made the decision even tougher.

 

"It was a very tough decision," Froese added. "I was fortunate enough to be able to be given a lot of advice and suggestions to think about from Coach Becanic when making the decision and I feel that I have made the right one. The coaches at UAF have a great amount of confidence in me and believe that I can come in and be ready to play and succeed at the college level. Along with having the privilege to play Division I hockey, everything about UAF seemed like a great fit for me. From the coaching staff, to the academic opportunities, to the teams style of play."

 

Preparing for Division I hockey and the fans that support it began with his time in Corpus Christi.

 

"Corpus Christi is any junior hockey players dream situation," said Froese. "From the front office staff, to the fans. It is a top notch organization. Pat Dunn is by far the most dedicated and hardworking general manager there is and is willing to do more than anything he can to make every players time in Corpus Christi the best junior experience they can possibly have. Coach Becanic and his coaching staff is one of the most prominent reasons I was fortunate enough to receive a Division I scholarship. The way that Coach Becanic uses off ice video analysis and applies it to the team, along with team building and fundamentally strong practices gives every player the opportunity to be the best version of himself that he can be, every day. Coach Paluseo is one of the most knowledgeable strength and conditioning coaches there is and knows how to prepare players to improve themselves during the season. I really am excited to make a positive impact on the ice, along with in the classroom, and in the community. The UAF hockey team is known for being academically strong every year and I look forward to continuing that tradition along with being successful on the ice as well."

 

This past year, the Nanooks finished third in the WCHA standings just behind Ferris State and Minnesota State while beating out big name schools such as Michigan Tech, Bowling Green, and their rival, Alaska-Anchorage.

 

"Today is a bittersweet day for the IceRays organization, needless to say that losing Kyle at this time of the year is devastating," said general manager Pat Dunn. "Having said that, that's the business we are in. We are so happy for Kyle as it couldn't happen to a better guy. Not only was he a great hockey player but he is a class act. We are proud of him and wish him the best moving forward with his hockey career. Alaska-Fairbanks will not be disappointed with their new recruit. His flawless skating obviously is his biggest asset, any player that skates as smooth as Kyle obviously has some tremendous upside. This is certainly not the last time we hear about this guy. He definitely has a bright future as he is one of the most focused and mature young men that has worn the IceRays uniform. From all of us in the IceRays organization, we want to wish him good luck!"

 

This year, Froese was selected and competed in the 2014 North American Hockey League Top Prospects Tournament.

 

Season tickets for the 2014-2015 season of IceRays hockey are on sale now. Call the front office at 361-814-7825 for details or check out the pricing and seating chart online at www.goicerays.com.

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 


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Ben Myers Commits to (D3) University of St. Thomas http://www.kristv.com/news/ben-myers-commits-to-d3-university-of-st-thomas/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ben-myers-commits-to-d3-university-of-st-thomas/ Sports - IceRays Mon, 9 Jun 2014 5:15:44 PM Corpus Christi IceRays Ben Myers Commits to (D3) University of St. Thomas

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Another former Corpus Christi IceRay goaltender has announced his commitment to play NCAA hockey next year as Ben Myers will be between the pipes for the (D3) University of St. Thomas Tommies out of the MIAC.

 

"It's a great feeling and a big weight off my shoulders finally knowing where I'll be spending my next four years," said Myers. "It's great to finally see the rewards paying off of playing juniors the past three years."

 

The Wauwatosa, WI native spent two seasons in Corpus Christi after being acquired from Minot. In the 2012-2013 season, Myers posted a 2.88 goals against average and a save percentage of .913% en route to the IceRays' first every playoff appearance as members of the North American Hockey League. This past year Myers played in 39 games with a improved goals against average of 2.72 and a save percentage of .910%.

 

Myers will join a St. Thomas team who came off one of their best campaigns in team history winning 21 games for the first time since the 2000-2001 season. "It was a very easy choice for me ever since I stepped foot on campus. The education I'll receive can't be beat and the hockey program and overall atmosphere Coach Boeser and Coach Burgess have created at St. Thomas has made it a top contender every year for the National championship. It will be a new and tougher challenge jumping up to NCAA hockey. I'm excited to get everything started and see what the next four years have in store for me."

 

Before entering the North American Hockey League, Myers took the Flint Jr. Generals in the NA3HL into the playoffs with a 2.45 goals against average.

 

"We are always very happy for any IceRays player that receives a scholarship," said general manager Pat Dunn. "Ben had many deals fall through for him in the past few months. We are excited to see that something finally came through for him. It was truly deserved. We wish Ben all the best as he starts the next phase of his hockey career."

 

The opportunity to play in Corpus Christi along with the fan base will be the most memorable parts of his tenure with the IceRays. He will join former IceRay John Roisum who was a part of the Tommies this past year.

 

"The past two years in Corpus Christi have been great," Myers finished. "The fan base was absolutely unbelievable and the pro mentality instilled by the organization is going to pay huge dividends for my approach for college hockey and my education. I'd like to thank Pat Dunn and Justin Quenneville for the opportunity they gave me bringing me down two years ago, and the coaching staff especially Jeff Worlton and Jeff Paluseo who really helped me develop as a goaltender."

 

Season tickets for the 2014-2015 season of IceRays hockey are on sale NOW. Call the front office at 361-814-7825 for details or check out the pricing and seating chart online at www.goicerays.com.

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 


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IceRays End 2013-2014 Season with 3-0 Shutout Over Killer Bees http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-end-2013-2014-season-with-3-0-shutout-over-killer-bees/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-end-2013-2014-season-with-3-0-shutout-over-killer-bees/ Sports - IceRays Sun, 30 Mar 2014 6:53:06 PM Corpus Christi IceRays IceRays End 2013-2014 Season with 3-0 Shutout Over Killer Bees

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Tony Roisum scored the eventual game winner in the second period and Forbes Ploszaj stopped all 29 shots he faced as the Corpus Christi IceRays finished the 2013-14 season with a 3-0 shutout of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees as 6,553 fans watched inside American Bank Center. On the weekend, a total of 12,758 fans watched IceRays hockey for the final two home games!

 

After no scoring in the opening period, the IceRays struck first in the middle frame to electrify the crowd at American Bank Center. Tony Roisum took the puck after a Luke McDiarmid shot and had a wide open net until goaltender Nick Schmit sprawled across the crease to make an incredible save. Roisum picked up the rebound and went in behind the coming out to Schmit's left where le het go a rocket that beat Schmit this time over the shoulder for a power-play goal at 9:55 of the second period for a 1-0 lead for Corpus Christi heading into the third period. McDiarmid with the lone assist on Roisum's 7th of the year.

 

In the third period Wes Michaud came through to give the IceRays a two goal lead at the 4:13 mark. Nick Monfils moved through center ice and flopped a great pass onto the stick of Michaud who walked in all alone wristing the puck over the shoulder of Nick Schmit that caught the iron and dropped into the net for his 13th of the year and a 2-0 lead for Corpus Christi with Monfils claiming the only assist.

 

Jesse Shelton scored his first goal of the year on a long empty net goal from inside his own defensive zone to provide the IceRays with a three goal lead which held up as the final score in front of 6,553 fans!

 

The IceRays season has come to a close! Season tickets for the 2014-15 season of Corpus Christi IceRays hockey will be on sale this summer! Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 


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Lelievre Picks Up Game Winner in 2-1 Comeback Victory over Killer Bees http://www.kristv.com/news/lelievre-picks-up-game-winner-in-2-1-comeback-victory-over-killer-bees/ http://www.kristv.com/news/lelievre-picks-up-game-winner-in-2-1-comeback-victory-over-killer-bees/ Sports - IceRays Sat, 22 Mar 2014 10:11:06 PM Corpus Christi IceRays Lelievre Picks Up Game Winner in 2-1 Comeback Victory over Killer Bees

HIDALGO, TX - Wes Michaud scored the game tying goal while Brad LeLievre wristed home the game winner early in the third period as the Corpus Christi IceRays ended the losing streak with a 2-1 comeback win over the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees on Saturday night in front of an electric crowd at State Farm Arena.

 

The first goal of the game came from the top of the left wing circle as Luke Bafia picked up his first goal of the season. The puck came through a scrum to the top of the left circle and Bafia stepped up firing a wrist shot that beat goaltender Ben Myers over his left shoulder for a 1-0 Rio Grande Valley lead at the 9:14 mark of the opening period.

 

In the second period of play the IceRays needed a spark and Wes Michaud provided it with a gorgeous goal while on the power-play. Michaud moved through the neutral zone on the man advantage walking right through the entire Rio Grande Valley penalty kill deking goaltender Olli Kalkaja to even the scoring up at a goal a piece with just 2:14 remaining in the second period of action. It was Michaud's 12th of the season, which tied Jake Durflinger for team lead.

 

Brad LeLievre has a thing for scoring big goals since joining the IceRays and he did it again picking up the game winner early on in the third period with another great goal for the ‘Rays in this game. Moving down the left wing side of the ice, LeLievre fired a shot top shelf over the left shoulder of Killer Bees netminder Olli Kalkaja which ended his night and Nick Schmit replaced him. The goal came with 15:13 left in the game.

 

Ben Myers turned aside all but one shot in the comeback win for Corpus Christi.

 

The IceRays are on the road for a Sunday afternoon battle with the Killer Bees for game ten of the South Texas VO-Tech Cup. Puck drops at 4:05PM, coverage begins at 3:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on 91.1FM KSGR, ksgr.org, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com.

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 


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IceRays Fall to Killer Bees, 3-0 http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-fall-to-killer-bees-3-0/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-fall-to-killer-bees-3-0/ Sports - IceRays Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:18:42 PM Corpus Christi IceRays IceRays Fall to Killer Bees, 3-0

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Evan Schmidbauer scored a pair of goals including the game winner while goaltender Nick Schmit denied all 23 chances he faced as the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees took a 5-3 series lead in the South Texas VO-Tech Cup with a 3-0 shutout of the Corpus Christi IceRays at American Bank Center on Wednesday night.

 

The first goal of the game didn't come until 29:12 into the game. After no scoring in the first period, Anthony Croston moved down the left wing wall and in behind the net going to a possible wrap-around goal. The puck slid off the end of his blade and went right to Evan Schmidbauer who had a tap in goal for his 15th of the season at 9:12 of the second period for a 1-0 Killer Bee lead. Croston picked up the first assist while Jared Dedenbach added the other.

 

In the final period of play the power-play came through for the Killer Bees for a two goal lead and it was Schmidbauer once again, this time with his 16th of the year. RJ Burns sent the puck to Schmidbauer who was going to the net, angling his stick to get a deflection that found a way by goaltender Ben Myers for a 2-0 lead at the 12:27 mark of the middle period. Burns had one assist while Dallas Gerads collected his first NAHL point with the secondary assist.

 

Another great passing play provided the Killer Bees with a three goal lead courtesy of assistant captain Ben Greiner. With Matt McArdle along the right wing wall, Greiner went around the defense and to the net. McArdle saw the move and ripped a pass to the front of the net that Greiner quickly lifted over Ben Myers for his 21st of the year and a 3-0 lead for Rio Grande Valley. Assists from McArdle and Kevin Antipov.

 

The held up as the final with Nick Schmit picking up a 23 save shutout in the Killer Bees win.

 

The IceRays have a weekend off and return to action on Saturday night, March 22nd in the valley as they take on the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees inside State Farm Arena. Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on 91.1FM KSGR, ksgr.org, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com.

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 


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IceRays Lose 7th Straight, 6-1 to Amarillo http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-lose-7th-straight-6-1-to-amarillo/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-lose-7th-straight-6-1-to-amarillo/ Sports - IceRays Sun, 23 Feb 2014 5:38:28 PM Corpus Christi IceRays IceRays Lose 7th Straight, 6-1 to Amarillo

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Tyler Gernhofer picked up a hat trick and Eric Purcell added two assists in his return to Corpus Christi as the Amarillo Bulls defeated the IceRays 6-1 on Sunday afternoon inside the American Bank Center.

 

Last night, Amarillo kicked off the scoring with a power-play goal and did the same tonight. After a Jake Durflinger hooking penalty, Joe Grabowski took the puck along the left side of the ice and sent it through the slot to an awaiting Mike Davis. Davis let a shot go from a tough angle and found a hold through IceRays goaltender Forbes Ploszaj for a 1-0 lead on the man advantage at the 6:32 mark of the first period. Grabowski picked up the only assist on Davis' 22nd strike of the year.

 

The IceRays responded with a power-play goal of their own at 12:28 of the opening period. Malo Ville and Nico Sturm worked the puck behind the net of Amarillo goaltender Colin Delia while up a skater. Wes Michaud then scooped up the puck and moved it out to the left post realizing Delia was down on his knees, the winger lifted the puck over the left shoulder of the netminder to tie the game 1-1 with his 10th of the year . Assists credited to both Ville and Sturm.

 

Then a controversial goal ended the first period of action. With no time left on the clock, Matt Sieckhaus centered a puck through the top of the crease right to an awaiting Tyler Gernhofer who one-timed it by Forbes Ploszaj to end the first period. The green light came on before the shot was taken however after a meeting of the officials, the goal counted and the Bulls took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

 

In the second period, Tyler Gernhofer, Brady Ferguson, and Kyle Gattelaro all tallied goals to move the lead out to 5-1 after 40 minutes of play. Gernhofer picked up his second of the game at 4:16 of the second and that was answered by a Brady Ferguson goal just 40 seconds later at 4:56 for a 4-1 lead assisted by former IceRay Eric Purcell which ended the night for goaltender Forbes Ploszaj. Kyle Gattelaro increased the lead to 5-1 at 9:24 of the middle frame with his 14th on the year again assisted by Purcell.

 

The only scoring in the final period of regulation was the hat trick goal by Tyler Gernhofer. While the IceRays enjoyed a man advantage late in the game, Gernhofer intercepted a shot and went on a breakaway beating Ben Myers for his third of the game and 28th goal of the season to finish the scoring and seal a 6-1 road win.

 

The IceRays are on the road this upcoming weekend as they take on the Lone Star Brahmas on Friday and Saturday night from the NYTEX Sports Complex. Puck drops at 7:30PM, coverage begins at 7:15PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on 91.1FM KSGR, ksgr.org, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com.

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 


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IceRays Outlasted by Killer Bees in 3-2 Loss http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-outlasted-by-killer-bees-in-3-2-loss/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-outlasted-by-killer-bees-in-3-2-loss/ Sports - IceRays Fri, 14 Feb 2014 9:46:09 PM Corpus Christi IceRays IceRays Outlasted by Killer Bees in 3-2 Loss

HIDALGO, TX - Joey Palumbo scored his first goal with the IceRays and Brad LeLievre added to his total on Friday night but it wasn't enough as the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees outlasted the Corpus Christi IceRays with a 3-2 win at State Farm Arena to even the South Texas V-Tech Cup series at 3-3.

 

The IceRays got out to the early lead courtesy of Joey Palumbo who picked up his first goal since joining the IceRays. Connor Kelly moved the puck down the ice and fired a shot on net that Olli Kalkaja stopped the original shot but both teams came together at the front of the net to try and get the rebound. Palumbo got the final stick on it and punched it behind Kalkaja to give the ‘Rays a 1-0 lead just 2:20 into the game.

 

The lead for Corpus Christi didn't last long as the Killer Bees came right back to tie the game up. While on the man advantage Brenden Dunning scored his first goal with the Killer Bees to even the game up at 1-1 with a rebound goal. The assists were picked up by Dan Kucerovy and Joe Llaurado.

 

Another rebound goal in the second period gave Rio Grande Valley their first lead of the evening. Luke Bafia fired a shot on net that was stopped by goaltender Ben Myers however the rebound went right to an awaiting Dan Kucerovy for his first with the Killer Bees to give his squad a 2-1 advantage at 15:08 of the opening period. Assists were given to Luke Bafia and Brenden Dunning who had a factor in both goals during the first stanza.

 

In the second period, both goaltenders denied all the shots they faced as only 11 total combined shots were put on net as the score remained 2-1 in favor of Rio Grande Valley after 40min if action.

 

In the third period the Killer Bees moved out to a two goal lead as Jared Dedenbach crashed the net after a Sean Mostrom shot on net. The puck settled right on the goal line and Dedenbach got his blade on it to tap in his fifth goal with Rio Grande Valley to move the Killer Bees out to a 3-1 lead over Corpus Christi with 15:50 left in the game. The two assists were given to Sean Mostrom and Dylan Abood.

 

Shortly after that Corpus Christi responded to pull within a goal once again. A great play by Travis Maxwell and Jake Durflinger finished with Brad LeLievre burying home his sixth goal with the IceRays and ninth overall on the season with 15:18 left in the game, just 32 seconds after Rio Grande Valley took a two goal lead. Maxwell and Durflinger had assists on the LeLievre strike.

 

Late in the game Corpus Christi pulled Ben Myers to get an extra attacker however the Killer Bees withstood the pressure and held on for a 3-2 win.

 

The IceRays finish out their series in the valley tomorrow night as they take on the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on 91.1FM KSGR, ksgr.org, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com.

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 


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Icerays Blanked by Topeka 4-0 http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-blanked-by-topeka-4-0/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-blanked-by-topeka-4-0/ Sports - IceRays Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:20:03 PM Icerays Blanked by Topeka 4-0

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The Topeka RoadRunners came to play on Thursday night as they defeated the Corpus Christi IceRays 4-0, backed by two power-play goals and a 20 save effort from goaltender PJ Bridges inside the American Bank Center

After back and forth action to start the weeknight game, it was Topeka getting on the board late in the first period. Mike Gornall took a pass from Cody Champagne and moved down the right wing boards walking right through the IceRays defense backhanding a pass right to an awaiting Sly Sutter who one-timed the puck over the right leg pad of Ben Myers for a 1-0 lead with 2:46 left in the opening frame. Assists went to Gornall and Champagne on Sutter's 7th goal on the year.

At the end of the period a scrum erupted which brought Luke Bennett off the bench to engage in a fight. He was given 20 minutes in penalty minutes and ejected from the game. The IceRays faced a 5min penalty kill that carried over after the intermission.

In the second period the penalties continued. However, there was a couple goals scored as well by the visiting RoadRunners. Daniel Rzavsky took the puck inside his offensive left wing circle and surprised goaltender Ben Myers with a low shot that beat him on the right side sneaking between the blocker and the right post. The goal came at 5:43 of the period two with the only assist going to Sam Rennaker for a 2-0 ‘Runner lead.

After Luke McDiarmid took the second five minute penalty for the IceRays of the game, a fluke goal on the power-play gave Topeka a three goal lead late in the second period. A shot taken by Jake Kamrass was deflected at the hash marks and went up in the air, fluttering over the left shoulder of Myers and under the cross bar for a 3-0 Topeka lead with only 2:19 left before the intermission. Assists went to Jared Tafoya and Tyler Poulsen.

Topeka added to the lead with yet another power-play tally and this one came from below the goal line. The original shot was taken and stopped by Ben Myers however the rebound trickled to the end wall behind the net. Jasen Fernsler picked it up and fired it behind Myers, caroming off the inside of his leg and into the net for a 4-0 lead just 1:42 into the period. Sutter and Andrew Roye added assists.


Ben Myers denied 29 of 33 shots on net.


The IceRays finish out the regular season series with the Topeka RoadRunners tomorrow night inside American Bank Center for Frosty Friday! Get $1 beer and soda!. Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on sportsjuice.com, ustream.com, and video via fasthockey.com. Click LISTEN LIVE for more broadcast information.

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 

 


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IceRays Late Rally Falls Short in 5-4 Loss to Fairbanks http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-late-rally-falls-short-in-5-4-loss-to-fairbanks/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-late-rally-falls-short-in-5-4-loss-to-fairbanks/ Sports - IceRays Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:04:47 PM Corpus Christi IceRays IceRays Late Rally Falls Short in 5-4 Loss to Fairbanks

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Brad LeLievre scored two goals on the night and the IceRays scored three unanswered late in the third period including the tying goal with 38 seconds left to force overtime. However, in the shootout Fairbanks escaped and avoided disaster with a 5-4 shootout win over an electric crowd inside American Bank Center on Saturday night.

 

The IceRays knew that Fairbanks would come out to a hot start they just didn't think it would take 1:29 to be at a two goal deficit. The first goal of the game came off a one-timer just 1:09 into the contest. Nick Hinz sent a pass from the left wing wall right to Lonnie Clary waiting at the top of the right wing circle who wired a shot by goaltender Ben Myers for a 1-0 lead favoring the Ice Dogs. The goal was the 7th of the year for Clary with Hinz picking up his 16th assist.

 

Just 20 seconds later, the lead was 2-0 for Fairbanks on a wrap-around goal. Viktor Liljegren found Tayler Munson with a pass and he moved the puck below the goal-line and wrapped it inside the right post of a diving Ben Myers for his 16th tally of the season at 1:29 of the first period with the lone assist going to Liljegren, his 18th helper on the year.

 

The play was more even after the IceRays settled down but the ‘Dogs added to their lead with 7:21 remaining in the first frame. Wyatt Ege fired a shot from the right point that Chandler Madry deflected by Myers to increase the lead for Fairbanks 3-0. The goal for Madry was his 7th of the year and 20th point overall with the lone assist credited to Wyatt Ege. After the first period, Fairbanks was only outshooting the IceRays 13-12.

 

To start the second period Corpus Christi got on the board early on to pull within two goals. Jake Durflinger brought the puck into the offensive zone over the blue line and tried to go around the defender who then stepped on the puck and went down to the ice. Brad LeLievre stepped up with the defenseman down on the ice and rifled the loose puck up stairs on Patrick Munson to make it 3-1 just 21 seconds into the frame. Durflinger had the lone assist.

 

Fairbanks regained that three goal lead that they held earlier in the game. A nice pass by Colton Wolter helped a rush for Brett Gervais who let a low wrister go on net. The puck found a way through Ben Myers for his 14th tally on the season assisted by Wolter, his 22nd on the year and the Ice Dogs moved out to a 4-1 lead. After 40min of action Fairbanks led in shots 28-24.

 

The comeback began at the with only 6:56 left in the game as Wes Michaud made a great move to the net letting a backhander go that beat Patrick Munson on his left side and went just inside the post to move Fairbanks back to a two goal lead. It was Michaud's 9th on the year unassisted.

 

Kyle Froese continues to be an offensive threat for the IceRays as of late and it continued late in 3rd period with only 2:49 left on the clock. A big jam up in front of the Fairbanks net caused Froese to pinch in from the right point. Everyone tried to get a piece of the puck but Froese got the final touch as it slid by Munson to make it 4-3 late in regulation with Durflinger and Jason Lem collecting assists.

 

The crowd was electrified with 38 seconds left in regulation as Fairbanks could not get the puck out of the defensive zone. It was held in by Connor Kelly and he found Brad LeLievre waiting at the top of the left wing circle. LeLievre fired it by Munson for his second goal of the night to tie the game at four goals apiece and eventually forced overtime. Nico Sturm added the other assist.

 

In the shootout the IceRays were unable to score and Fairbanks picked up goals in the first and third round to get the extra point and the 5-4 shootout win.

 

Ben Myers denied 44 shots in the loss.

 

The IceRays are back home for a Thursday/Friday series as they welcome in the Topeka RoadRunners for the only time this season. Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on sportsjuice.com, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com.

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 

 


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IceRays Build Big Lead, Defeat Fairbanks 4-2 http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-build-big-lead-defeat-fairbanks-4-2/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-build-big-lead-defeat-fairbanks-4-2/ Sports - IceRays Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:09:26 PM Drew Collins - dcollins@kristv.com IceRays Build Big Lead, Defeat Fairbanks 4-2

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Malo Ville scored twice and Kyle Froese stayed hot on Friday night as the Corpus Christi IceRays built a 4-0 lead over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and held on for a 4-2 victory in front of 3,000 fans at American Bank Center.

 

The IceRays got off to the start they needed and took a 1-0 lead early over Fairbanks. Kyle Froese received a pass at the left point and found a hole in the Ice Dogs defense letting a shot go that stayed on the ice, finding a way through traffic and through the legs of goaltender Kevin Aldridge for a 1-0 ‘Rays lead. The goal was assisted by Luke Bennett and Wes Michaud.

 

Corpus Christi took a 2-0 lead off the stick of Malo Ville after he intercepted the puck in the neutral zone to move in on net all alone. Ville released a rocket from the left wing circle that beat Kevin Aldridge over his left shoulder and just under the crossbar with only 5:02 left in the opening period. The goal was Ville's 7th of the year and the lone assist went to Michael Mahan, his third helper in just his sixth game.

 

In the second period, Fairbanks and Corpus Christi exchanged great scoring chances with back and forth action but both Ben Myers and Kevin Aldridge but the IceRays capitalized on a rebound late in the middle frame. Brad LeLievre found Grant Hutton alone at the left point and hit him with a pass. Hutton let a shot go that was originally stopped by Aldridge but the rebound went right to Maurin Bouvet who fired in his 8th goal of the year with only 1:24 left in the period. The assists went to Hutton for his 11th helper and LeLievre who tallied his 9th overall assist for a 3-0 lead.

 

In the third period Ville struck again, this time while on the power-play. A pass from Kyle Froese from the right wing wall went right to a wide open Malo Ville in the hash marks. Ville took the pass and shoulder faked Kevin Aldridge opening up a hole over the right shoulder to wrist the puck top shelf for his second time of the game and 8th of the season.. The goal came at 6:41 of the third period with the assists to Froese and Grant Hutton.

 

Fairbanks did not let up and pulled within a pair of goals late in the game. Their scoring began at 9:12 of the final period of regulation and it came courtesy of Jacob Hetz on a backdoor feed from Johnny Mueller beating goaltender Ben Myers for the first time on the night to pull the Ice Dogs to a three goal deficit. Mueller had the only assist on Hetz's 12th goal this year.

 

The ‘Dogs answered back a few minutes late while on a two man advantage. After the IceRays took a pair of penalties the Alaskan squad went to fork peppering the net. Finally, they got one to go in and it came from Viktor Liljegren with 6:11 left in the game and left plenty of time to make a run to erase for four goal lead the ‘Rays had at the beginning of the period. Tayler Munson and Brett Gervais had the assists.

 

With over two minutes left in the game, Fairbanks pulled goaltender Kevin Aldridge but couldn't get him off the ice when they wanted due to the pressure the IceRays put on the breakout for the Ice Dogs. In the end, Corpus Christi held on for a 4-2 win.

 

Ben Myers stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced.

 

The IceRays host Fairbanks for the final time this season tomorrow night inside American Bank Center. Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on sportsjuice.com, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com, and the TuneIn Radio APP. Click LISTEN LIVE on the IceRays website for more information!

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 

 


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IceRays Suffer 2-1 Shootout Loss to RGV http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-suffer-2-1-shootout-loss-to-rgv/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-suffer-2-1-shootout-loss-to-rgv/ Sports - IceRays Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:49:43 PM iceRays.com IceRays Suffer 2-1 Shootout Loss to RGV

HIDALGO, TX - Kyle Froese score another power-play goal early in the game but that was answered by an early third period goal from Kevin Antipov, who also tallied in the shootout as the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees took a 2-1 decision over the Corpus Christi IceRays on Friday night inside State Farm Arena. With the shootout loss, the IceRays took three of a possible four points from the Killer Bees in the two game series.

 

The first power-play of the game only lasted a total of five seconds as Kyle Froese took the Maurin Bouvet faceoff win and fired it through a screen over the right shoulder of Rio Grande Valley netminder Nick Schmit for his fourth goal on the year and second power-play strike in as many games for a 1-0 lead at 3:02 of the opening period.

 

In the second period the IceRays depended on Ben Myers to keep the 1-0 lead. Myers denied all 12 shots that he faced as the Killer Bees peppered the net at times during the frame.

 

The Killer Bees responded early on in the third period of play. Just 51 seconds into the frame, Kevin Antipov picked up the loose puck inside the left wing circle at the hash marks and wired a wrist shot by goaltender Ben Myers to tie it up 1-1. The assists went to Connor Pelkey and Dylan Abood.

 

After nothing was decided they went to overtime. In the extra time, Ben Myers made two critical saves to keep the game from ending and forced a shootout. In the shootout, the only scoring came from Rio Grande Valley as Kevin Antipov scored in the first round of the shootout while Aleksi Luhtalampi notched the game winner in round four for the extra point and the 2-1 win.

 

Ben Myers put aside 35 of 36 shots in the loss.

 

The IceRays return home next Friday and Saturday night as they host the Fairbanks IceDogs. Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on sportsjuice.com, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com. Click LISTEN LIVE on the IceRays website for more information!

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 

 

 


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IceRays Win Second Straight, 2-1 Over Killer Bees http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-win-second-straight-2-1-over-killer-bees/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-win-second-straight-2-1-over-killer-bees/ Sports - IceRays Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:14:10 PM iceRays.com IceRays Win Second Straight, 2-1 Over Killer Bees

ICERAYS WIN SECOND STRAIGHT WITH 2-1 WIN OVER KILLER BEES


CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Malo Ville tied the game late in the first and Kyle Froese picked up the eventual game winner on the power-play in the second period, and Ben Myers stopped all but one shot as the Corpus Christi IceRays defeated Rio Grande Valley 2-1 inside the American Bank Center on Thursday night.

 

Rio Grande Valley silenced the crowd as they got on the board first for an early 1-0 lead. Sean Mostrom moved up the ice and fed Rob Marsanico with a pass down the left wing wall. The Allendale, NJ native wristed the puck over the left shoulder of IceRays goaltender Ben Myers for his second goal of the season at 3:32 of the opening period. The lone assist was credited to Mostrom who made the original pass.

 

The IceRays answered back at time was running out in the first frame. Malo Ville took a pass from Wes Michaud and went to the front of the net untouched around the right leg pad of Killer Bees goaltender Olli Kalkaja wristing the puck into the net to tie the game up at a goal a piece with only 1:48 left in the opening period. The goal was Ville's 6th of the year assisted by Michaud and Jason Lem.

 

In the second period while on the power-play, Jake Durflinger set up Kyle Froese with a great pass to give the ‘Rays a 2-1 lead. Durflinger worked the puck down low at the bottom of the left wing circle. At the same time, Kyle Froese pinched in from the right point while the pass came from Durflinger through the top of the crease and the captain snapped home his third goal of the year and eventual game winner at 8:04 of the middle period. Assists came from Durflinger and Connor Kelly.

 

Ben Myers was stellar between the pipes tonight denying 20 of 21 attempts on net.

 

The IceRays are on the road tomorrow as they head to Hidalgo, TX to battle the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees inside State Farm Arena. Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on 91.1FM KSGR, ksgr.org, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com. Click LISTEN LIVE on the IceRays website for more information!

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 

 

 


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IceRays End Losing Skid with 4-0 Win vs Odessa http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-end-losing-skid-with-4-0-win-vs-odessa/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-end-losing-skid-with-4-0-win-vs-odessa/ Sports - IceRays Sat, 18 Jan 2014 9:59:49 PM Corpus Christi IceRays IceRays End Losing Skid with 4-0 Win vs Odessa

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Trevor Heuser and Nico Sturm each scored their first NAHL goals in the second period while Forbes Ploszaj stopped all 20 shots he faced as the Corpus Christi IceRays recorded their fifth shutout of the year with a 4-0 win over the Odessa Jackalopes in front of 2,769 fans at American Bank Center on Saturday night.

 

The flurry of second period tallies came in a span of 7:49. Trevor Heuser took a pass at the right point from Luke Bennett and sent a rocket through a screen that beat Jackalopes goaltender Eric Hancock low for a 1-0 lead at the 12:11 mark. In addition to the Bennett assist, Wes Michaud added a secondary assist on the goal and Corpus Christi led 1-0.

 

6:38 after the IceRays broke the ice, Nico Sturm picked up his first NAHL goal in only his second game in Corpus Christi. An excellent backhand pass by Michael Mahan landed right on the tape of Sturm who went in on a breakaway from the top of the offensive zone circles. Sturm put the move on and tapped the puck by Hancock for a 1-0 lead with only 1:11 left in the period. Mahan and Luke McDiarmid assisted.

 

Just 29 seconds after Corpus Christi took a 2-0 lead, they made it a three goal advantage as a pileup occurred in front of Eric Hancock between the pipes. Players tried to locate and jam at the loose puck which was hopping around. Finally, Malo Ville got a handle on it and wrapped it between the post and left leg pad of Hancock for his fifth of the year. Luke Bennett and Wes Michaud with the assists on the Ville strike.

 

To start the third period of play, Yoshihiro Kuroiwa came in and replaced Eric Hancock in net for the Jackalopes. While Jason Lem sat in the box for Corpus Christi with a minor penalty, the ‘Rays scored their third short-handed goal of the year. Wes Michaud pushed the puck by the defense and went in all alone on a breakaway. Michaud pulled Kuroiwa to his left and backhanded the puck softly through his legs, unassisted, at 6:09 of the final period for a 4-0 lead.

 

That was the final as Forbes Ploszaj stopped all 20 shots he faced from Odessa

 

The IceRays return home on Thursday night against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on Sportsjuice.com, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com. Click LISTEN LIVE on the IceRays website for more information!

 

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Jackalopes Extend IceRays Losing Streak with 5-2 Win http://www.kristv.com/news/jackalopes-extend-icerays-losing-streak-with-5-2-win/ http://www.kristv.com/news/jackalopes-extend-icerays-losing-streak-with-5-2-win/ Sports - IceRays Fri, 17 Jan 2014 9:51:12 PM Corpus Christi IceRays Jackalopes Extend IceRays Losing Streak with 5-2 Win

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Two goals in the first period by Connor Thie and another by Ian Mansfield was all the visiting Odessa Jackalopes needed as they handed the Corpus Christi IceRays their fifth straight loss with a 5-2 decision in front of 2,834 fans at American Bank Center on Friday night.

 

The scoring didn't start until midway through the opening period and that started a flurry of goals including three that were tallied in a span of 1:37. It all started on an off angle shot by Ian Mansfield to break the ice for the Jackalopes. The forward took the puck below the goal line and banked it off the back of goaltender Ben Myers for his second goal of the year with an assist from Andrew McLean for a 1-0 lead at the 11:07 mark of the first frame.

 

Corpus Christi answered the call just six seconds later. Off the ensuing faceoff, Nick Monfils brought the puck inside the offensive zone letting go a long wrister that beat Odessa netminder Eric Hancock low on the glove side to tie the game at one goal apiece. The goal was Monfils' 7th since joining the team with the lone assist to Tony Roisum at 11:13 of the first period.

 

After Corpus Christi knotted the game all up, the Jackalopes went back to work in the offensive zone. Just 1:47 later, Connor Chambers fired a shot low and through the screen from the left point. Connor Thie got his stick in front of the shot and deflected it by Myers for his second goal on the year and Odessa went back out to a one goal lead, 2-1.

 

Thie struck again with only 2:48 left to go in the first period. A bad pass by Malo Ville was intercepted by Thie right at the top of the offensive zone circles. The Seattle native let go a high wrister that beat Myers over the right shoulder and went just under the crossbar to take a two goal lead. For Thie, it was his second goal of the game and third on the year to give the visiting Jackalopes a 3-1 lead.

 

In the second period of play both sides traded excellent scoring chances but Myers and Hancock were perfect in net. After two periods were complete, the two teams were deadlocked in shots at 20 apiece.

 

A power-play goal for Odessa provided them with a 4-1 lead early on in the final period of play. A great passing play Chris Taff and Razmuz Waxin-Engback finished with a tap in goal for Leo Lumm. The power-play goal for Lumm was his 6th of the year and 5th as a member of the Odessa Jackalopes at the 3:39 mark of the third period.

 

The man advantage drought for the IceRays ended at 13:40 of the third period when Grant Hutton let go a rocket from the left side of the power-play that beat Eric Hancock top shelf with an assist from captain Kyle Froese to pull Corpus Christi within a pair of goals. That was Hutton's 5th on the year and 11th point overall. For Froese, the assist was his second in as many games and 11th overall.

 

After the Hutton goal, the IceRays had a big chance with three great shots on net as players piled up in front of the net but the defense for Odessa and Eric Hancock in net somehow kept the puck out of the net to keep the two goal lead for the Jackalopes.

 

Lukas Laud recorded an empty net goal with one hand on his stick and the other keeping Nick Monfils away from the puck. The backhander was the 9th for Laub and he moved the ‘Jacks out to a 5-2 lead. That was the final.

 

IceRays goaltender Ben Myers denied 27 of 31 on the night while Eric Hancock stopped 23 of 25.

 

The IceRays host Odessa to finish out the series tomorrow night inside American Bank Center. Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on sportsjuice.com, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com. Click LISTEN LIVE on the IceRays website for more information!

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 


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IceRays Fall to Brahmas 3-0 http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-fall-to-brahmas-3-0/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-fall-to-brahmas-3-0/ Sports - IceRays Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:48:00 PM iceRays.com IceRays Fall to Brahmas 3-0

.RICHLAND HILLS, TX - Three goals in the second period was all the Lone Star Brahmas needed on Friday night as they shutout the Corpus Christi IceRays 3-0 with goals from Michael Crowley, Conner Enciso, and Alexey Solovyev in front of 1,136 fans at the NYTEX Sports Complex.

Corpus Christi faced adversity in the first losing both Caleb O'Brien and Jake McNamara. O'Brien suffered an injury in the first frame while Jake McNamara was ejected for fighting with an instigator. With the team down two defenders, Corpus Christi faced a 7min penalty kill and was able to come through as the penalty killing unit denied all chances and kept the game scoreless to start the second period.

Lone Star finally clicked and took a 1-0 lead off an offensive zone turnover by the IceRays. Connor Kelly dropped the puck back to Wes Michaud who over skated it and the Brahmas took the puck back the other way. Michael Crowley ended up with the puck in the slot and wristed his second goal of the season by IceRays goaltender Forbes Ploszaj for a 1-0 lead just 3:02 into the second period. Assists were credited to Paul Fregeau and Donovan Gardiner.

The Brahmas struck again with only 1:46 left in the second period. Conner Enciso let a wrister go from the right wing circle that beat Ploszaj over his left shoulder on the short-side for a 2-0 lead. The goal was Enciso's fifth on the season and was assisted by Todd Koritzinsky and Kellen Wasell.

Just when the IceRays though they would escape the period down on by a pair of goals the Brahmas tallied another. Alexey Solovyev took a Matt Lison pass a rocketed it by Ploszaj from the top of the left wing circle for a 3-0 lead with only 28 seconds remaining in the middle period. The secondary assist was picked up by Sebastian Vidmar. For Solovyev, it was his fifth goal of the year from the blueline.

Forbes Ploszaj stopped 26 of 29 shots in the IceRays' third straight loss.

The IceRays finish out the series in Lone Star tomorrow night inside NYTEX Sports Complex. Puck drops at 7:30PM, coverage begins at 7:15PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on 91.1FM KSGR, ksgr.org, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com. Click "Listen Live" on the IceRays website for more broadcast information!

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 

 

 


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Froese Strikes; Ploszaj Stops 20 as IceRays Shutout Killer Bees 1-0 http://www.kristv.com/news/froese-strikes-ploszaj-stops-20-as-icerays-shutout-killer-bees-1-0/ http://www.kristv.com/news/froese-strikes-ploszaj-stops-20-as-icerays-shutout-killer-bees-1-0/ Sports - IceRays Sat, 28 Dec 2013 9:36:09 PM Corpus Christi IceRays Froese Strikes; Ploszaj Stops 20 as IceRays Shutout Killer Bees 1-0

HIDALGO, TX - Kyle Froese scored the only goal of the game in the first period and Forbes Ploszaj stopped all 20 shots he faced as the Corpus Christi IceRays came into Rio Grande Valley and shutout the Killer Bees 1-0 inside State Farm Arena on Saturday night.

 

Corpus Christi got on the board first as Kyle Froese stepped up at the left point to intercept a would be breakout pass by Luke Bafia. Froese walked the puck in to the left wing circle and fired it through a brief screen and beat Killer Bees' goaltender Nick Schmit for a 1-0 lead. The goal was unassisted and came 11:27 of the opening frame.

 

At the end of the first period, the IceRays took two straight penalties and were able to kill off the two man advantage keeping their 1-0 lead over Rio Grande Valley through two periods of action. After 40 minutes of action the Killer Bees had a 14-10 shot lead over the IceRays.

 

In the third period Corpus Christi denied numerous chances and when Rio Grande Valley pulled Nick Schmit late in regulation Luke McDiarmid came up with a clutch shot block with less than ten seconds left in the game to preserve the 1-0 shutout.

 

Forbes Ploszaj denied all 20 shots he faced in the win.

 

The IceRays are on the road next weekend as they take on the Amarillo Bulls. Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on 91.1FM KSGR, ksgr.org, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com.

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 

 


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Early Third Period Goal Propels Killer Bees 2-1 Over IceRays http://www.kristv.com/news/early-third-period-goal-propels-killer-bees-2-1-over-icerays/ http://www.kristv.com/news/early-third-period-goal-propels-killer-bees-2-1-over-icerays/ Sports - IceRays Fri, 27 Dec 2013 9:43:36 PM Corpus Christi IceRays Early Third Period Goal Propels Killer Bees 2-1 Over IceRays

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Two early period goals by Ben Greiner and Evan Schmidbauer propelled the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees to a 2-1 victory over the Corpus Christi IceRays on Friday night in front of 2,956 fans inside the American Bank Center. Jake Durflinger scored the lone ‘Rays goal to tie the game on the power-play late in the second frame.

 

In the first period the teams combined for just 14 shots as the IceRays were outshot 9-5 by Rio Grande Valley. Corpus Christi was able to kill off both power-plays that the Killer Bees had in the opening frame.

 

In the second period Rio Grande Valley struck first as Ben Greiner moved down the right wing wall and let go a hard wrist shot that went over the right shoulder of IceRays goaltender Forbes Ploszaj. The goal came just 21 seconds into the second frame and was Greiner's team leading 13th of the year with assists from Jared Dedenbach and Ian Janco.

 

After it looked like the Killer Bees would go into the 2nd intermission with a 1-0 lead, the IceRays got a power-play opportunity and converted. Caleb O'Brien fed a gorgeous pass through traffic right onto the stick of Jake Durflinger who let go a wrister at the bottom of the right wing circle that beat Killer Bees goaltender Nick Schmit top shelf over the left shoulder to tie the game up 1-1 with just 2:34 remaining. The lone assist was credited to O'Brien on Durflinger's 9th goal of the season.

 

After 40min of play, the Killer Bees had a 19-14 shot lead over the IceRays.

 

Another early period goal for Rio Grande Valley proved to be the game winner of a rebound. Anthony Croston fired a shot on net that was originally stopped by Ploszaj however the rebound was sitting right in front of the crease for the taking. Evan Schmidbauer came down and fired the puck through Ploszaj for his 11th of the year with the assists going to Croston and JB Baker.

 

Corpus Christi had a late power-play but could not convert with the goalie pulled and the Killer Bees escaped with a 2-1 victory.. Final shots on net were 31 for Rio Grande Valley and 26 for Corpus Christi. Forbes Ploszaj denied 29 of 31 shots.

 

The IceRays are on the road tomorrow night as they battle the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees inside State Farm Arena. Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on 91.1FM KSGR, ksgr.org, sportsjuice.com, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com.

 

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting www.goicerays.com. In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team's Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

 

 


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