El Paso, Texas – The Corpus Christi IceRays game ended with a score of 1-0 in a loss to the El Paso Rhinos at the El Paso County Events Center on Friday night.
First Period Action
The El Paso Rhinos went scoreless in the first period. The period was evenly matched as both teams skated back and forth, but the goaltenders were equal to the task.
There was only one penalty in the period and it went to the El Paso Rhinos’ Bo Crossman as he received a two minute minor for unsportsmanlike conduct at 19:54 of the period
IceRays goaltender Lukas Malant faced five shots on goal in the frame and saved all five shots while Rhinos goaltender Nolan Suggs faced two shots on goal and saved both shots he faced in the period.
Second Period Action
The second period was also scoreless. The IceRays started the period on the power play as the penalty that El Paso committed toward the end of the first period bled over into the second period. While the IceRays were on the powerplay buzzing, the Rhinos got a boarding penalty. Rhinos player Michael English got to take a seat in the penalty box as he received a two-minute minor penalty for boarding at :29 in the period. The IceRays would go on a five-on-three powerplay. The puck got behind Rhinos goaltender Nolan Suggs, but the Rhinos saved the goal by having Mason Kelly stop the puck before it crossed the goal line. The IceRays failed to convert on the five-on-three powerplay, and the teams are still scoreless.
As in the first period, the teams had great end to end action with both goaltenders playing extremely well.
The first penalty of the period went to Michael English as he received two minutes for boarding at :29 seconds into the period. IceRays’ Owen Thomas received a two-minute infraction for tripping at 09:53 of the period. Then Rhinos’ Sawyer Boulton went to the box for two minutes and he committed a cross checking minor at 09:53 of the frame as well. Leonhard Korus of the IceRays took a seat in the box at 10:04 of the frame as he received a two-minute minor for tripping. No other penalties were called in the frame.
IceRays goaltender Lukas Malant faced sixteen shots on goal in the frame and saved all sixteen shots while Rhinos goaltender Nolan Suggs faced nine shots on goal and saved all nine shots he faced in the period.
Third Period Action
The El Paso Rhinos break the scoreless tie at 7:37 of the period as Jacob Roberson sends a stretch pass to Frank Tafelski and he goes top shelf on Malant to break the tie. The IceRays had some chances in tight in the period, but they were unable to even the score back up at one aside.
The only penalty in the period went to the IceRays as David Grosek got to take a seat in the penalty box for a two-minute minor for tripping at 10:32 of the frame.
IceRays goaltender Lukas Malant faced 10 shots on goal in the frame and saved nine shots while Rhinos goaltender Nolan Suggs faced 12 shots on goal and saved all 12 shots he faced in the period.
Full Game Statistics
The Corpus Christi IceRays finish the game with a final score of the El Paso Rhinos 1 and Corpus Christi IceRays 0.
Goaltender Lukus Malant faced a total of 26 shots while saving 25 shots on goal. Rhinos goaltender Nolan Suggs stopped all 26 shots that he faced in the contest.
IceRays Next Game
The IceRays next game is tomorrow, Saturday, November 5, 2022. Puck drops at 8:00 PM CDT against the El Paso Rhinos.
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