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LAST WEEK...

Wednesday, November 12: RGV Killer Bees 1, IceRays 3
Shots: Killer Bees 27, IceRays 33
PP: Killer Bees 1-for-7, IceRays 0-for-6

The Corpus Christi IceRays tied their season-high three-game win streak with a 3-1 win over the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees at the American Bank Center.

Forward Ryan Cusin opened the scoring at 9:31 of the first period with an open rebound off a two-on-one rush. Forward Griff Jeszka scored his first goal of the season on an open feed in the slot at 5:32 of the second period to spread the lead, 2-0. After a Killer Bees answer in the same period, the IceRays iced the victory on a Tanner Lomsnes empty net goal at 19:56 of the third period.

Forward Anthony Croston scored the lone tally for the Killer Bees on the power play at 11:03 of the second period.

Andrew Lindgren (8-3-2) earned the win, stopping 26 of 27 shots on the night, while Nick Schmidt (3-4-1) earned his second-straight loss, saving 30 of 32 shots.

 

THIS WEEK...

Friday, November 21 vs. Odessa Jackalopes - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, November 22 vs. Odessa Jackalopes - 7:05 p.m.

The Corpus Christi IceRays host the Odessa Jackalopes for the second time this homestand. On November 7 & 8, the IceRays claimed their second sweep of the season, defeating the Jacks 5-1 and 4-2. The IceRays lead the season series 2-0-0 and have now won three-straight games against Odessa dating back to last season. Over their histories, the IceRays are 20-13-2 against the Jackalopes.
PROMOTIONS: Friday night is the Great American Smokeout presented by the Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition. TPCC will be tabling before and during the game with anti-drug and anti-tobacco visuals and literature for fans to see as well as

The Odessa Jackalopes were swept for the second-straight weekend, dropping both games on the road against the Amarillo Bulls 2-1 (OT) and 6-1. The Jacks have now lost five-straight games and have garnered two points in that span. Defenseman Lane Valimont was the only player to record multiple points, scoring the lone goal on Friday and assisting the team's lone goal on Saturday.

Desipte their win on Wednesday, the IceRays (10-6-4) fell to a tie for third place with the Wichita Falls Wildcats at 24 points after playing only one game during the week. They did gain ground on the South Division-leading Topeka RoadRunners, who have 32 points. The Lone Star Brahmas moved into second place with 25 points after their sweep of the Killer Bees. The Jackalopes (5-13-2) remain in the cellar, sitting in last place with 12 points, four behind the Amarillo Bulls for seventh.


ICERAYS BITS...

Since moving forward Ryan Cusin to the first line with Wes Michaud and Tanner Lomsnes on Oct. 30, the line has earned 22 of the 55 points (40.00%) in their last five games. Between these three skaters, the trio has eight goals and 14 assists with Michaud leading at nine points (three goals, six assists).

Despite going 0-for-6 on the power play in Wednesday's game, the IceRays sit first on the power play for the first time in franchise history, going 20-for-85 (23.53%). The closest the IceRays have come previously was just last week, sitting second heading into Wednesday's game.

With two points on Wednesday, forward Tanner Lomsnes now owns eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points, ranking him second on the team in all three categories and placing him in the top-20 in points among all NAHL skaters. He's also the second IceRays player this season to record 20+ points.


IN THE COMMUNITY...

Wednesday is a busy day for the IceRays in the community. At 8:30 a.m., a few IceRays players will be visiting Robert Wilson Elementary School for their annual "Civility Week" festivities, serving as guest readers for the early morning schedule. This event is not open to the public.

Later that day, another group of IceRays will be attending the Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition Butt Hunt at Cole Park from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., helping the TPCC collect cigarette butts with the community at the park. This event is open to the public.

On Sunday evening, the IceRays will be serving an early Thanksgiving dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House on Ft. Worth Street. This is the second time the IceRays have served to Ronald McDonald House families. This event is not open to the public.

 


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Ice Rays Offering Free Tickets to Wednesday's Game http://www.kristv.com/news/ice-rays-offering-free-tickets-to-wednesday-s-game/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ice-rays-offering-free-tickets-to-wednesday-s-game/ Sports - IceRays Tue, 11 Nov 2014 3:18:05 PM iceRays.com Ice Rays Offering Free Tickets to Wednesday's Game

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS - The City of Corpus Christi and the Type A Board have teamed up with the Corpus Christi IceRays and SMG to offer free tickets for all patrons to the IceRays game against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees this Wednesday, November 12 at 7:05 p.m. The promotion commemorates the American Bank Center 10th Anniversary and is offered to thank the members of the Corpus Christi community for their support of the building and the city.

"SMG is extremely proud to celebrate this 10-year anniversary with the IceRays," said Eric Jaramillo, Director of Marketing & Corporate Sales for SMG. "Not only have the IceRays been an excellent partner, they have been a staple of entertainment and commitment to Corpus Christi at the American Bank Center. We truly wanted to express that the American Bank Center is this community's premier event venue and thought what better way to do so than opening up the doors for a free game for everyone! We are looking forward to kicking off our 10-year anniversary with the IceRays this Wednesday and hope the community can come out and enjoy it as well."

"The City of Corpus Christi is excited be to offering this opportunity to all of our residents," said Kim Womack, Director of Communications for the City of Corpus Christi. "We hope all of our residents come out and celebrate with the IceRays the 10th Anniversary of the American Bank Center, which was a voter-approved referendum."

Starting today, any community member that wishes to come to Wednesday night's game can visit the American Bank Center Box Office to receive their free vouchers for the game that can be redeemed prior to the game on Wednesday. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a voucher for a 10th anniversary puck that may be redeemed upon exit from the building. In addition, all popcorn and sodas will be $1, and if you buy one slice of Hunt Brother's Pizza, you'll receive one free slice of cheese pizza for free.

"On behalf of the IceRays organization, I want to thank the City of Corpus Christi, SMG and the Type A Board for their generosity in making this FREE Game happen!" said Pat Dunn, IceRays General Manager. "We are excited at the fact that we are included in the 10th Anniversary festivities. What a great way to give back to the population of Corpus Christi. We hope to see many new fans attend the game."

Call the front office at 361-814-PUCK for season and individual ticket 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 YouTube (IceRays TV).

 

 


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IceRays Power Past Wichita Falls 7-4 http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-power-past-wichita-falls-7-4/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-power-past-wichita-falls-7-4/ Sports - IceRays Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:47:03 PM iceRays.com IceRays Power Past Wichita Falls 7-4

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS - The Corpus Christi IceRays rebounded from last weekend's sweep with a powerful win over the Wichita Falls, 7-4, from the American Bank Center. This is the highest goal total this season for the IceRays, and six different IceRays players record multi-point games.


The Wildcats opened the scoring, 1-0, at 13:37 of the first period on a power play goal by Kevin Charyszyn off a Nate Colwell trip. It wouldn't take long for the IceRays to answer at 16:44, when defenseman Anthony Cortese fluttered one toward net through traffic to thread the seam left by Wildcats netminder Austin Shaw to even the game, 1-1.

The IceRays surged ahead in the second period and never looked back, putting up four goals in the frame, which is the most in a period thus far. The scoring began at 5:27 when forward Nathan Bryer tucked home a back door feed from forwards Nic LaBurn and Colwell to jump ahead, 2-1. Just 14 seconds later, forward Mason Krueger threw a shot toward net from the left corner through the small seam left by Shaw to earn his first of the year and a two-goal lead, 3-1. It's the shortest span between two goals this season, with the previous being 24 seconds in Saturday's loss to Amarillo. Forwards Joe Chitwood and Connor Bucsis were credited with assists. Another was added at 11:13 with a beautiful give-and-go exchange between forwards Ryan Cusin and Wes Michaud, with Cusin tallying his second of the year to spread the gap, 4-1. This is also the shortest gap between three-straight goals this season, clocking in at 5:46. LaBurn would cash in on his third power play goal in his last two games at 12:39 to create the largest lead of the night, 5-1, with assists going to Cortese and Michaud. Finally, an answer from the Wildcats at 16:14 on a second power play goal by Charyszyn and then an Evan Okeley chip by the left shoulder of IceRays goaltender Andrew Lindgren to send the game into the third period, 5-3.

Bucsis continued the hot night for the IceRays offense with his third of the season at 3:24 from Michaud and Chitwood to spread the lead again to three, 6-3. One more answer would come from the Wildcats in forward Austin Albrecht at 12:33 of the third, but the game was put away by an empty net goal by LaBurn at 18:55 to seal the victory, 7-4. Lindgren (6-2-2) bounces back with a win, stopping 29 of 33 shots, and Shaw (6-1-0) earns his first loss of the year, saving 20 of 26 shots.

The IceRays return to action on Friday, October 31 at 7:05 p.m. against the Wichita Falls Wildcats from the American Bank Center for Sticks & Treats presented by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on SportsJuice.com, FASTHockey.com, and on 87.7 FM in-arena.

Call the front office at 361-814-7825 for season and individual ticket 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 YouTube (IceRays TV).

 

 

 


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IceRays Sweep Weekend with Win over Wild, 2-1 http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-sweep-weekend-with-win-over-wild-2-1/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-sweep-weekend-with-win-over-wild-2-1/ Sports - IceRays Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:08:25 PM Corpus Christi IceRays IceRays Sweep Weekend with Win over Wild, 2-1

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS - The Corpus Christi IceRays came up with a game-winner toward the end of the third period to win 2-1 over the Wenatchee Wild from the American Bank Center. With the win, the IceRays take the season series with just two games remaining of the five between the two teams.

After a penalty-filled first period in which the IceRays killed off five Wild power plays, it was the IceRays that struck first late in the second period at 17:56. On a 5-on-3 power play, forward Tanner Lomsnes took a one-time slap shot from the right circle to rocket home his first of the season, giving the IceRays the lead, 1-0. Defenseman Anthony Cortese and forward Wes Michaud would earn assists.

Early in the third period, the Wild answered back with a goal of their own to even the scoreline, 1-1, just 4:05 into the final frame. Forward Joseph Kaszupski was credited with his first of the season with assists given to defenseman Ryan Chiasson and forward Dakota Raabe. The final blow came from IceRays forward Connor Kelly, who shoveled a back-handed shot goalward off a loose rebound, earning his first goal of the season at 13:48 and the game-winner for a final score, 2-1.

Wenatchee led in shots 24-22, and both teams combined for 13 power plays. The Wild went 0-for-7 on the man-advantage, and the IceRays converted 1-of-6 chances. The IceRays have killed off 25-straight penalties and 26 of their last 27 through their last six games.

IceRays goaltender Luke Pickar (1-2-0) earned his first win of the season, stopping 23 of 24 shots faced, and Wild netminder Michael Bullion (0-2-0) drops his second-straight decision, turning aside 20 of 22 shots.

The IceRays return to action on Friday, October 10 when they travel north to take on the Lone Star Brahmas. Coverage begins with Countdown to Faceoff at 7:15 p.m. on the IceRays flagship station, SportsRadio Corpus Christi, and opening faceoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

The IceRays return home on Friday, October 17 against the South Division-leading Topeka RoadRunners at 7:05 p.m. from the American Bank Center. Call the front office at 361-814-7825 for season and individual ticket 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 YouTube (IceRays TV).

 

 


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IceRays Hold on to Win Home Opener, 2-1 http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-hold-on-to-win-home-opener-2-1/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-hold-on-to-win-home-opener-2-1/ Sports - IceRays Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:34:05 PM Corpus Christi IceRays IceRays Hold on to Win Home Opener, 2-1

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS - The Corpus Christi IceRays scored two early goals and held off the advancement of their opponents, defeating the Lone Star Brahmas, 2-1, at the American Bank Center on Saturday night in the 2014-15 home opener. With the win, the IceRays improve to six wins in their last nine against the Brahmas dating back to last season and own their first winning record this year.

It was the IceRays who struck first at 12:24 of the first period. After a Brahmas defender lost his edge at center ice, forward Joe Chitwood fed co-forward Tyler Johnson on a two-on-one rush, and Johnson slotted the puck top shelf to give the IceRays the lead, 1-0. After one period, the IceRays were tied in shots 11-11, which is the first time they tied after the first frame.

In the second, the IceRays would increase their lead. After Brahmas defenseman Johan Steen was called for cross-checking, defenseman Trevor Heuser worked a pass to forward Ryan Cusin at the near circle, who found Nathan Bryer at the far side to tuck it home five hole at 4:17 to double the lead, 2-0. For the second-straight period, the IceRays and Brahmas tied in shots, 8-8.

The Brahmas answered back in the third after the midway mark. At 13:25, forward Roman Uchyn was the benefactor of space on the nearside of IceRays netminder Andrew Lindgren to scoot it past the Minneapolis native and cut the deficit in half, 2-1. That would be all she wrote, as the IceRays held the Brahmas off a late surge with netminder TJ Black pulled from the game.

Lindgren (3-0-2) earned his first home ice win, stopping a season-high 31 shots on 32 attempts, while TJ Black (0-3-0) drops his third-stright decision, turning away 25 of the 27 shots he faced. The IceRays return to action on Friday, October 3 when they host their first of two games in as many days against the Wenatchee Wild. Opening faceoff is at 7:05 p.m. with coverage beginning at 6:50 p.m. with Countdown to Faceoff on SportsJuice.com and FASTHockey.com.

Call the front office at 361-814-7825 for season and individual ticket 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 YouTube (IceRays TV).

 


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IceRays Acquire Defender Markus Kojo http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-acquire-defender-markus-kojo/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-acquire-defender-markus-kojo/ Sports - IceRays Wed, 10 Sep 2014 9:06:55 PM iceRays.com IceRays Acquire Defender Markus Kojo

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS - The Corpus Christi IceRays have acquired defender Markus Kojo from the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. Kojo, 20, played 54 games over the last two seasons for Ässät U20 of the Junior A SM-liiga, recording one goal and eight assists for nine points with 82 penalty minutes and a +10. At 6 feet 4 inches tall and 220 pounds, the Noormarkku, Finland native is the biggest player on the ice for the IceRays.

"We were well aware of him months ago," said Head Coach John Becanic. "We kept our fingers crossed that he would become available. Any time you have a guy who shoots as hard as he does, it gives us an instant threat from the blue line. That kind of weapon helps us offensively, and clearly defensively he can over a lot of ice. Our job is to ice the best possible team for our players and fans, and he makes us better. Bottom line."

Kojo was invited to training camp by the Sioux City Musketeers this offseason and appeared in five games at the Junior Club World Cup in Ufa, Russia. There, he recorded two assists with two penalty minutes. His claim to fame was a glass-shattering hit in their 7-2 victory over Red Bull Salzburg of Austria in the 2014 JCWC opening game. The video on the USHLinteractive YouTube Channel has over 80,000 views and was featured on major media outlets such as Deadspin and CBSSports.com.

"We're excited to get a little more experience and size on the back end," said General Manager Pat Dunn. "You can never have enough of that. He's a big, rugged defender with a hard shot. We're looking forward to see what he brings to the team."

"I'm excited to be here," said Kojo. "It feels like we have a good team, and everyone wants to win. It's always hard to start on the road, but we're ready. We'll do our best at the outset."

Kojo will practice with the team today before the IceRays depart for their season opener Wednesday night. He will wear number 25.

The IceRays open the 2014-15 season this Friday when they travel to Topeka to take on the RoadRunners. Coverage of the opening game on SportsRadio Corpus Christi starts at 6:50 p.m. with Countdown to Faceoff and the opening faceoff at 7:05 p.m.

Individual and season tickets for the 2014-15 season of IceRays hockey are on sale with packages starting as low as $74. Call the front office at 361-814-7825 for season and individual ticket 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 YouTube (IceRays TV).

 

 


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IceRays Open Camp Wednesday http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-open-camp-wednesday/ http://www.kristv.com/news/icerays-open-camp-wednesday/ Sports - IceRays Tue, 19 Aug 2014 5:16:43 PM www.icerays.com IceRays Open Camp Wednesday

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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