Friday, 10.13.17 / 10:13 pm CT
Looking to build off their sweep over the Amarillo Bulls last weekend, the IceRays couldn’t find a rhythm against the Shreveport Mudbugs and were defeated 7-0 on Friday night.
Veteran forward Jacob Holmers tallied first for Shreveport, scoring his first goal of the season just 4:15 in off a broken play. Halfway through a line change, Holmers decided to stay out on the ice even though his linemates had hopped off. Dominick Procopio fired a wrist shot from the left point, which was blocked by a Corpus Christi skate. The puck bounced to Holmers, who tucked it into a gaping net to draw first blood.
Just 1:22 later, the Mudbugs took advantage of an IceRays pinch. Emerging on a 3-on-2, Brendan Van Sweden rushed the puck down the right wing and sent it into the slot. Jumping into the play, the defenseman Jack Clement jammed the puck through Camden Burggrabe’s five-hole to give the Mudbugs an insurance lead.
Clement would tally again on a 5-on-3 power play in the second period, blasting a one-timer inside the left post to beat Burggrabe.
Another four-goal explosion occurred in the third period, but this time the Rays were on the receiving end.
Cole Quisenberry, Cameron Cook, Jacob Holmers and Ryan Burnett would all find the back of the net in the closing period, putting an exclamation point on the night in front of a sellout crowd.
James Durham earned his second shutout of the season, stopping all 15 of the IceRays’ shots. Burggrabe was charged with his fourth regulation defeat, making 18 of a possible 23 saves. The Rays will have a chance at redemption tomorrow night at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum. Another delay is expected, and the puck is set to drop around 7:30 pm CT.