RAYS REPORT #25: ICERAYS SWEEP ON THE ROAD
With only eight games remaining for Corpus Christ, the IceRays swept in New Mexico this past weekend for their first two-game win streak on the road all year. The sweep couldn’t have come at a more crucial time of the season as the Odessa Jackalopes swept in Wichita Falls. On Friday night, the IceRays came away with a 5-2 victory, while holding on for a 7-5 win on Saturday night.
GAME #2 – 03-10-12: Corpus Christi 7-5 New Mexico – The IceRays sought their first road two game win streak of the year on Saturday night and it was a wild first period from the Santa Ana Star Center. The Mustangs scored just 1:40 into the game on a rebound in front of the net assisted by Jimmy Peplinski and Cody Walsh for a 1-0 lead. Corpus Christi then tied up the contest while on the power-play. Brandon Smith took a pass from AJ Jarosz and deked out Randy Graham between the pipes at the 8:41 mark of the first frame. The back-and-forth period continued with a New Mexico strike from Jimmy Peplinski and the Mustangs regained their lead. Corpus Christi then kicked off a three goal scoring streak on a two-on-one rush. Joe Smereck fed Brandon Smith in the left wing circle, who then returned the puck back to Smereck for his second goal of the weekend and the game was once again tied, this time at three goals apiece. Phil Pietroniro rocketed a shot from the point that went through a screen and found its’ way into the net to give the IceRays the first lead of the night. Just 2:46 later the lead increased to two goals when Michael Dery hit Zach Holstrom with a pass for a tap-in goal and with 3:10 left in the first period, it was a 4-2 IceRays lead. The scoring in the first period was not done, with just 1:12 left in the first; Ryan Dau notched an unassisted goal to pull New Mexico a goal away from the IceRays. Joe Ginley broke in on a breakaway with 2:02 left in the middle period and beat Graham so regain a two goal lead. However, with just five seconds left in the period, New Mexico returned the favor on the power-play and it was a 5-4 game heading into the third. Two IceRays goals in the third from Brandon Smith and Frank Misuraca preserved a 7-5 victory and a sweep on the road.
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AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION:
CORPUS CHRISTI’S RECORDS AGAINST THE SOUTH:
GOALS: Eric Purcell - 19
WALKER/SMITH DOUBLE UP… Beau Walkerand Brandon Smith each recorded a pair of goals this past weekend. Walker score twice in Friday night’s 5-2 win, while Smith tallied his two on Saturday night’s 7-5 victory.
FIRST ROAD SWEEP…Corpus Christi tallied their first sweep on the road all season long by taking down the New Mexico Mustangs last Friday and Saturday night.
TWO HOME GAMES LEFT… The IceRays only have two home games remaining. The IceRays are out of town this weekend in Amarillo until returning to the American Bank Center on March 23th and 24th.
PLAYOFF TRACKER…The IceRays sit five points in front of the Odessa Jackalopes with only eight games remaining.
WHAT’S ON TAP... Corpus Christi hits the road once again this weekend as they battle Amarillo. Fans can listen to all the action with the voice of the IceRays, Rob Lippolis, beginning 15 minutes prior to the games on the Rays flagship station, ESPN Radio 1440AM. The game is available for free online at www.espncorpus.comor on the league’s pay-per-view website, www.fasthockey.com. Be sure to get your tickets now by calling the IceRays front office at 361.814.PUCK (7825) or crash the net at www.goicerays.com.
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