The IceRays Weekly is a weekly recap and preview of IceRays news, games, and more. The IceRays Weekly will be released every Monday during the 2014-15 season.
Wednesday, November 12: RGV Killer Bees 1, IceRays 3
Shots: Killer Bees 27, IceRays 33
PP: Killer Bees 1-for-7, IceRays 0-for-6
The Corpus Christi IceRays tied their season-high three-game win streak with a 3-1 win over the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees at the American Bank Center.
Forward Ryan Cusin opened the scoring at 9:31 of the first period with an open rebound off a two-on-one rush. Forward Griff Jeszka scored his first goal of the season on an open feed in the slot at 5:32 of the second period to spread the lead, 2-0. After a Killer Bees answer in the same period, the IceRays iced the victory on a Tanner Lomsnes empty net goal at 19:56 of the third period.
Forward Anthony Croston scored the lone tally for the Killer Bees on the power play at 11:03 of the second period.
Andrew Lindgren (8-3-2) earned the win, stopping 26 of 27 shots on the night, while Nick Schmidt (3-4-1) earned his second-straight loss, saving 30 of 32 shots.
Friday, November 21 vs. Odessa Jackalopes – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, November 22 vs. Odessa Jackalopes – 7:05 p.m.
The Corpus Christi IceRays host the Odessa Jackalopes for the second time this homestand. On November 7 & 8, the IceRays claimed their second sweep of the season, defeating the Jacks 5-1 and 4-2. The IceRays lead the season series 2-0-0 and have now won three-straight games against Odessa dating back to last season. Over their histories, the IceRays are 20-13-2 against the Jackalopes.
PROMOTIONS: Friday night is the Great American Smokeout presented by the Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition. TPCC will be tabling before and during the game with anti-drug and anti-tobacco visuals and literature for fans to see as well as
The Odessa Jackalopes were swept for the second-straight weekend, dropping both games on the road against the Amarillo Bulls 2-1 (OT) and 6-1. The Jacks have now lost five-straight games and have garnered two points in that span. Defenseman Lane Valimont was the only player to record multiple points, scoring the lone goal on Friday and assisting the team's lone goal on Saturday.
Desipte their win on Wednesday, the IceRays (10-6-4) fell to a tie for third place with the Wichita Falls Wildcats at 24 points after playing only one game during the week. They did gain ground on the South Division-leading Topeka RoadRunners, who have 32 points. The Lone Star Brahmas moved into second place with 25 points after their sweep of the Killer Bees. The Jackalopes (5-13-2) remain in the cellar, sitting in last place with 12 points, four behind the Amarillo Bulls for seventh.
Since moving forward Ryan Cusin to the first line with Wes Michaud and Tanner Lomsnes on Oct. 30, the line has earned 22 of the 55 points (40.00%) in their last five games. Between these three skaters, the trio has eight goals and 14 assists with Michaud leading at nine points (three goals, six assists).
Despite going 0-for-6 on the power play in Wednesday's game, the IceRays sit first on the power play for the first time in franchise history, going 20-for-85 (23.53%). The closest the IceRays have come previously was just last week, sitting second heading into Wednesday's game.
With two points on Wednesday, forward Tanner Lomsnes now owns eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points, ranking him second on the team in all three categories and placing him in the top-20 in points among all NAHL skaters. He's also the second IceRays player this season to record 20+ points.
IN THE COMMUNITY…
Wednesday is a busy day for the IceRays in the community. At 8:30 a.m., a few IceRays players will be visiting Robert Wilson Elementary School for their annual "Civility Week" festivities, serving as guest readers for the early morning schedule. This event is not open to the public.
Later that day, another group of IceRays will be attending the Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition Butt Hunt at Cole Park from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., helping the TPCC collect cigarette butts with the community at the park. This event is open to the public.
On Sunday evening, the IceRays will be serving an early Thanksgiving dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House on Ft. Worth Street. This is the second time the IceRays have served to Ronald McDonald House families. This event is not open to the public.
– Go IceRays –