HAWKINS’ HAT-TRICK PROPELS TEXAS OVER THE RAYS’ 6-1

FRISCO, TX – AJ Jarosz put the IceRays up 1-0 after one period, but it was the only scoring that Corpus Christi would get as the Texas Tornado scored the next six goals, including four in the second, providing a 6-1 victory on Friday night inside the Dr Pepper Arena.

After the IceRays had a goal called back on a hand pass, AJ Jarosz converted at 17:38 of the opening period on an assist from Andrew Paras to put Corpus Christi ahead 1-0 through 20min of action.

The lead didn’t last long in the second frame as Jason Eddy put home a loose puck just 7sec after the puck dropped to tie the game at one goal a piece.

The defending National Champions took the lead at 3:52 of the second as Brandon Platt picked up his third goal of the year in just ten games with the Tornado for a 2-1 lead and Texas never looked back.

Brandon Hawkins scored his first goal of the night on a nice back-hander he sent by goaltender Hayden Stewart at 13:47 of period two with the lone assist to Scott Conway who hit Hawkins with the breakout pass.

The leading scorer struck again as Andrew Paras sat in the box with 3:39 left in the second.  Hawkins took a pass below the left wing circle and fired it by a sprawling Hayden Stewart to move the Texas lead to three goals.

In the final period the Tornado would strike twice.  First, Andrew Mayer at 10:10 of the third, and then Hawkins picked up the hat-trick with 7:40 left in the game to put Texas up 6-1, which ended up the final score in front of 2,324 fans.

Stewart stopped 24 of 30 in the loss

The IceRays are on the road tomorrow night as they take on the Texas Tornado once again.  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. 

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