ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Just 57 seconds after Corpus Christi’s Mac Wiseman tied the game midway through the third period, Tristan Rand tallied the game-winning goal as the New Mexico Ice Wolves defeated the Corpus Christi IceRays, 4-3, at Outpost Ice Arenas.
Hunter McDonald, Alberto Pison and Mac Wiseman each scored their first goal as a member of the IceRays (15-30-3-4, 37 pts.). Wiseman (1+1) and Stephen Kyrkostas (0+2) each recorded two points.
New Mexico grabbed an early lead when Philip Ekberg recorded his 10th goal of the season at 3:36. Spencer Rudrud then jammed in a power play goal at 14:27 to give the Ice Wolves a 2-0 lead. McDonald responded for the IceRays with a shot from the right point at 15:57 to record his first career NAHL goal. The Wolves regained a two-goal lead with 10.3 seconds left in the first period as Cooper Anderson connected off a cross-ice feed from Connor Kemp.
Pison got the IceRays back within a goal with the lone goal of the second period. His first career NAHL tally came off a pass from Ethan Benz at 10:32.
Wiseman tied the game with a power play goal assisted by Erik Bargholtz and Evan Carroll at 9:19 of the third period. But less than a minute later, Tristan Rand received a cross pass from Connor Kemp and recorded the game-deciding goal at 10:16.
The IceRays and Ice Wolves (13-33-2-3, 31 pts.) rematch Saturday night in Albuquerque with puck drop set for 8:00 p.m. CT (7:00 p.m. MT). IceRays games, home and away, are carried live on Sports Radio Corpus Christi 1230 AM-95.1 FM-96.1 FM (KSIX-AM/FM), mixlr.com/icerays and HockeyTV.
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