October 23, 2010 –
The Corpus Christi IceRays could not overcome a two-goal deficit and fell to the visiting Texas Tornado, 2-1, on Stars and Stripes Night at the American Bank Center. It was the seventh straight win for the Tornado and the second loss in a row for Corpus Christi. Marc Biggs’ late second period goal proved to be the difference.
Beau Walker tallied for the sixth time this season and Marco Wieser was strong in net once again, making 34 saves in the loss.
Texas was able to control the first period from start to finish and was the only team to find the scoreboard. At the 5:15 mark, Nathan Sliwinski (3) took a feed from Josh Roysten and beat Wieser to put the Tornado on top, 1-0, with the goal coming on the power play. The Tornado outshot the IceRays, 16-4.
Two fights highlighted the second period as Brandon Marshall and Rodney LaLonde dropped the mitts at the 5:52 mark. The newest IceRay Tyler Parker picked up his first NAHL fighting major later in the period in a bout against Michael Zagari. Although the Rays established themselves physically in the period they found themselves trailing by two after two periods as the Tornado scored late when Marc Biggs (4) snapped a wrist shot into the back of the net with just 11 seconds remaining in the period. Texas outshot Corpus Christi, 12-8.
Corpus Christi pulled to within a goal, 4:03 into the third period as Walker (6) scored unassisted as he bounced one off the pads of goaltender Jimmy Kruger and into the net. The IceRays had a chance to tie the game later in the period, but Michael Benedict was stopped on a penalty shot after the puck had been covered in the crease by the Tornado resulting in the opportunity. Texas was able to hang on from a late Corpus Christi attack and the Tornado won their seventh game in a row, 2-1.
- MARC BIGGS (TEX) (GWG)
- NATHAN SLIWINSKI (TEX) (1-0-1)
- MARCO WIESER (34 SAVES)
Corpus Christi and Texas meet again tomorrow afternoon at the American Bank Center with the game slated to start at 3:05 PM. Fans can catch the pre-game show on the flagship station of the IceRays, 1440 AM KEYS, with the voice of the IceRays, Ryan Holt, beginning at 2:50 PM. The game will be available online through the league’s pay-per-view website, www.fasthockey.com. For more information call the Rays’ front office at 361.814.PUCK (7825) or crash the net at www.goicerays.com.
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