Four Goal Period Propels IceRays to Victory

The IceRays took to the ice at American Bank Center for the first time in just under three weeks.  Corpus Christi was looking to snap the six-game losing streak in the first of the two-game set against Shreveport.

In the first period, it was all Mudbugs as they scored two goals in the first ten minutes of play.  Shreveport scored one on the man advantage and one at even strength.  They would take that lead into the locker room.

The second period would be where the IceRays would finally strike back thanks to a goal from Nathan Butler, which was set up from an excellent feed off the glass from Frank Jenkins.  That would be the only goal of the period as the Rays would trail by one entering the third.

In the third, the Rays wouldn’t trail for long as Stepan Kuznetsov scored just under two minutes into the period thanks to a feed from Danny Nekhamiyev.  Shreveport struck back a quarter of the period later.  The Mudbugs would hold that lead with six minutes to go.  The IceRays went on the two-man advantage, which they took use of with an Oliver Stumpel one-timer.

The scoring wouldn’t stop there for Corpus as Albin Persson found the back of the net with under three minutes to go in the game.  Shreveport had to pull their netminder to get an extra attacker on the ice.  When they did that, Colby Seitz made the most unselfish play a player can make and set up Frank Jenkins who buried the puck into the vacant net.

With the win, the IceRays snap a six-game losing streak, which had it extended to seven would’ve been tied for the second longest in franchise history. Of course, with the win, the IceRays don’t have to worry about that as they move into solo seventh in the South Division.

The two teams will go at it once again tomorrow with puck drop scheduled for 7:05 pm.  Tomorrow after the game, it will also be the team’s first post-game skate of the season. Get your tickets at the ABC box office or on Ticketmaster.