Albuquerque (Jan. 13, 2023) – The Corpus Christi IceRays got back in the win column as they edged the Ice Wolves 2-1 at Outpost Ice Arenas on Friday, January 13th, 2023.
The streak is over. The IceRays picked up a huge win over New Mexico in the first of two to end a nine-game skid. The change in altitude did not seem to affect the IceRays as they came out of the gate hot, winning puck battles left and right. After a shot broke through Ice Wolves’ goaltender Carsen Stokes, it was Hans Ulvebne who picked up the loose change to give the IceRays the early lead for his seventh of the year.
The Ice Wolves were rewarded after a faceoff win in the offensive zone and getting the puck towards the net which produced a rebound goal for JD Metz’s fifth of the year to even the score at one. The ice seemed to tilt in the Ice Wolves’ favor towards the latter stages of the first frame.
The trend of greasy goals continued as Captain Michael Casey jammed home a rebound for his eighth of the year at the tail-end of a Corpus Christi power play just 2:21 into the second period to put the IceRays back up by one. The feistiness picked up over the course of the second period as the contest featured some solid collisions and several post-whistle scrums.
Two goals was enough to seal the deal for the IceRays and Lukas Malant was sensational, turning aside 50 of 51 shots, which included a 21-shot third period onslaught from the Ice Wolves. That marks the second consecutive game in which Malant has made at least 50 stops. Carsen Stokes made 30 saves for the Ice Wolves.
Corpus Christi was 0 for 6 on the power play; New Mexico went 0 for 2.
IceRays Next Game
The IceRays next game is Saturday, January 14th against the New Mexico Ice Wolves at Outpost Ice Arenas. Puck drop is at 7:30 PM CST.
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