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IceRays Drop Series Opener Against Lone Star in Shootout

The IceRays looked to continue on their winning ways against the Brahmas, which the Rays were 3-1-0 against entering Friday.

In a game filled with penalty minutes, the IceRays struck just a handful of minutes into the game on the power play off of the stick of Colby Seitz.  Michael Casey and Kevin O’Keefe each assisted on the games opening goal, which put the IceRays ahead 1-0.

The lead remained in tact for just under five minutes of game time with Lone Star answering back with one of their own.  The 1-1 tie stay for the rest of period number one.

The second period brought one more goal on each side and a ton of penalty minutes as well.  The Brahmas were able to score on their first power play of the night to take a 2-1 lead.  As the clock wound down on period number two, the IceRays were able to even things at 2-2 off of the stick of Trey Zagrzebski.

The 2-2 score was all the scoring that was found in period number two.  A total of twelve penalty minutes had been assessed in the first forty minutes of the game.  That number was multiplied by over ten times after the buzzer as the two teams showed their frustration against one another after the period.  Three ejections occurred from the post-period excitement, which included Nathan Butler for the Rays.

In the third, the Rays were given a second game misconduct.  This time, it was Cam Crolley for a spear.  The penalty also sent Corpus to the penalty kill for the remainder of regulation with just under four minutes left in the game.  The Rays killed off the penalty, and the two teams were destined for overtime.

Lone Star started overtime on the power play, and the Rays killed it off just over a minute into the extra frame. Even with having the man-advantage, Lone Star only managed to get one shot off in overtime.  Neither side were able to sneak any past the opposing goaltender, which meant back-to-back Friday games in shootouts for Corpus Christi.

Although Zagrzebski got the Rays started on the right track with a goal, Lone Star took the shootout 2-1 and the game 3-2.  Corpus Christi collected a point on Friday night in the loss and now sit with 49 on the season.

The IceRays have a chance to collect point number 50 and 51 tomorrow night at the same place tonight’s game was played, NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills.  Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm with coverage on Brewster Street Radio.