CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Corpus Christi IceRays (0-0-1) paced well with the Wenatchee Wild (1-0-0) into overtime, but one redirection made the difference in a 3-2 loss to the Wild on Friday night from the American Bank Center in Game One of the South Division Quarterfinals. The Wild take a 1-0 series lead with a possible deciding game two tomorrow night.
As both teams raced out of the gates in the first period, the IceRays notched the game’s first goal at 6:37. Following a lead-up by IceRays forward Griff Jeszka to trail the puck behind the net, forward Frankie Melton jabbed a waiting puck through the crease and gave the IceRays an early 1-0 lead. The momentum shifted to the Wild’s side following a power play, and forward David Powlowski tied the game, 1-1, with a quick loft over IceRays netminder Andrew Lindgren, who was spread out on his front side, following a loose puck just outside of the crease.
Scoring held off until late in the second period, and a turnover caused by Wild forward Donovan Ott allowed forward Brendan Harris to sail a shot over Lindgren’s left should to take a 2-1 lead at 15:27. Right after that goal, the IceRays pushed back with urgency and tied the game, 2-2, at 17:50 with connecting passes from their own zone helped along by forwards Tanner Lomsnes and Connor Kelly in the offensive end to open Wes Michaud for the easy tap-in to the left side.
The pace remained swift in the third period, but both sides missed on open chances late in the frame. The game went to overtime tied 2-2, and the Wild clinched the game-winning goal. Forward August Von Ungern-Sternberg lightly redirected a Dan Bailey shot in the middle of the slot that slipped through the legs of Lindgren to give the Wild the 3-2 overtime win.
Wild netminder Zach Quinn (1-0-0) earned the win, stopping 31 of 33 shots, while Lindgren (0-0-1) turned away 36 of 39 shots in the loss. The IceRays look to extend their postseason life against the Wenatchee Wild on Saturday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m. from the American Bank Center. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on SportsRadio Corpus Christi (KSIX) and FASTHockey.com.
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