FRISCO, TEXAS – Mike Economos scored two power-play goals in the final period and Hayden Stewart made 35 saves as the Corpus Christi IceRays picked up a must win game on the road over the Texas Tornado 3-2 on Thursday night inside the Dr Pepper Arena.
After no scoring in the opening 20min, Beau Walker had the best chance to start the second frame going in all alone on Texas goaltender Hunter Leisner who sprawled post-to-post to stop the deke put on by Walker and keep the game scoreless early in the period.
The game was scoreless through the first 37:04 of the game until Charles Baldwin broke the deadlock making a nice patient move in the high slot putting on the breaks then firing a wrister top shelf on Hunter Leisner for a 1-0 lead with just 2:56 left in the second period.
In the final period the power-play converted twice in under a minute both off the stick of Mike Economos first at 11:29 of the third right off a faceoff with his 11th of the year to put Corpus Christi up 2-0.
Economos scored his 12th of the year just 36sec later on the power-play as well with assists to Beau Walker and Emil Romig at 12:05 for a 3-0 lead in the final period.
The Tornado stuck around and Max Shuart started the brief comeback at 13:10 assisted by Nick Neville. Shuart threw the puck on net and hit the side of Hayden Stewart trickling into the net to pull the lead within two goals.
Texas got to a one goal deficit as Michael Hoy let a wrist shot go from the point that found its’ way through the screen and around Hayden Stewart with just 3:27 left in the game.
In the end Corpus Christi fended off the late rush by Texas and denied several opportunities with the goalie Hunter Leisner pulled for a 3-2 win.
Hayden Stewart stopped 35 of 37 shots in the win.
The IceRays are on the road tomorrow night as well against the Texas Tornado. Puck drops at 7:30PM, coverage begins at 7:15PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on 91.1FM KSGR, ksgr.org, ustream.com, and fasthockey.com.
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