TOPEKA, KAN. – The Corpus Christi IceRays (3-3-0-2) held on in the third period to claim a 4-3 win over the Topeka RoadRunners (4-6-0-0) on Thursday night at the Kansas Expocentre.
IceRays forward Andy McGlynn (10:44 1st) opened the scoring with a third chance play off two rebounds right by the RoadRunners net to edge the road side ahead, 1-0. The RoadRunners pushed momentum back into their favor and equalized at 17:22 when forward Andrew Hart’s shot slipped through the pads of IceRays goaltender Tomáš Vomáčka to tie the game, 1-1.
With Vomáčka pulled for the extra skater on a delayed RoadRunners penalty at 8:33, Topeka defenseman Jake Rosenbaum blocked a shot from his own blue line that slid back into the IceRays net, which gave Topeka the 2-1. On Rosenbaum’s ensuing penalty, IceRays forward Nathan Bryer received a back door pass from forward Mason Krueger and slipped it into the net at 9:36 to even the scoring, 2-2. Bryer cashed in again at 12:51 when a centering pass tipped off a RoadRunners defenseman and into the net, pushing the IceRays back on top 3-2. Late in the frame at 19:43, Hart earned his second of the night for the RoadRunners, who once again sent the game even, 3-3.
Only one goal stretched across in the third period, and it was McGlynn to pick up his second of the night at 3:04 with a shot from the high slot to nudge the IceRays back ahead, 4-3. Despite pace picking up from Topeka and a pulled netminder, the IceRays were able to hang on 4-3 over the RoadRunners.
Vomáčka (3-3-1) earned the win, stopping 28 of 31 shots, while RoadRunners goaltender Ryan Snowden (2-3-0) picked up the loss, halting 27 of 31 shots. The IceRays continue their three-game, three-day weekend set against the RoadRunners on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:05 p.m. from the Kansas Expocentre. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on SportsRadio Corpus Christi (KSIX 1230AM) and HockeyTV.
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