CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – Forward Wes Michaud was the hero of the night, scoring a penalty shot in overtime to help the Corpus Christi IceRays defeat the Odessa Jackalopes, 4-3, and earn their third sweep of the season. The IceRays now have won five-straight games and six of their seven games in the home stand.
The IceRays jumped ahead first at 8:34 of the first period on a give-and-go play between forwards Ryan Cusin and Tanner Lomsnes with Cusin capitalizing on a backhanded flip through Odessa netminder Robin Johansson to take the lead, 1-0. Michaud also earned a secondary assist on the play. Later on in the period at 17:35, defenseman Pierre Crinon took a slap shot from the left point that redirected off forward Connor Bucsis to double the lead, 2-0. Forward Connor Kelly also gained an assist as well as Crinon.
Three unanswered goals were then tallied at 11:33 of the second period when defenseman Anthony Cortese took a hard shot from the right point through the defense to triple the lead, 3-0. From that point on, the Jackalopes swarmed back offensively, dealing their first goal of the night at 17:45 of the second period from a second chance play from forward Alex Alger to send the game into the second intermission, 3-1.
Odessa didn’t stop pushing back, eventually bringing the game within one at 6:38 of the third period, 3-2. forward Chad Guderian moved the puck by IceRays netminder Andrew Lindgren to keep the pressure coming. After Crinon went to the box for slashing, forward Kenny Hausinger found an open net at 19:34 of the third period to send the game into overtime, 3-3.
The IceRays pressed back in the extra period, and at 3:12 of the frame, Lomsnes fed Michaud for a breakaway on Johansson but was taken down on the way to the net. That forced the first penalty shot of the season for the IceRays. Michaud trailed to the left side and stuffed the puck home on the backhand to the right side to claim the 4-3 victory. Lindgren (9-3-2) earned the win, stopping 36 of 39 shots, and Johansson (3-7-2) dropped his second overtime decision, saving 24 of 28 shots in the contest.
The IceRays head back on the road Friday, November 27 as they start a two-game set against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Coverage begins at 7:15 p.m. on SportsRadio Corpus Christi and FASTHockey.com with the opening faceoff at 7:30 p.m.
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