Jan 11, 2012

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Corpus Christi IceRays won a thriller inside the American Bank Center in shootout fashion 2-1 over the visiting Odessa Jackalopes

This game was a goaltending battle and that showed right away in the first period the IceRays and Jackalopes traded opportunities however it was the Jackalopes who came closest as they rang a shot off the post, and had an opportunity when the puck laid on the goal line, before being pulled out by goaltender Anthony Stolarz.  Stolarz also made a huge save on Lawrence Cornellier to keep Odessa off the scoreboard.

Corpus Christi drew first blood in the game as Eric Purcell took a shot on net, AJ Jarosz took a wack at the loose puck, then Brandon Smith followed up beating Connor Hellebuyck 9:06 into the second period for a 1-0 IceRays lead.

Josh Obregon scored in his return to Corpus Christi as he beat a diving Anthony Stolarz 14:30 into the middle period tying the game 1-1.

After no scoring in regulation or overtime a shootout followed and in the shootout Dmitry Ermakov converted for the win.  It was Ermakov’s second shootout winning goal in a row. 

Anthony Stolarz finished stopping 29 of 30 shots and Connor Hellebuyck denied 35 of 36 shots. 

The IceRays host Odessa tomorrow night.  Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on ESPN Radio 1440AM. 

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