FRISCO, TEXAS – The Corpus Christi IceRays rebounded big on Friday night against the Texas Tornado, scoring two short-handed goals in the same penalty kill en route to a 4-2 victory over the defending National Champions.
The IceRays started the scoring while on the penalty kill. Rudy Sulmonte brought a rush back and fired a shot from the right wing circle beating Hunter Leisner for a 1-0 lead at 6:33 of the first period.
Just 36 seconds later, on the same penalty kill, Charles Baldwin forced a turnover and went in all alone beating Leisner top shelf for a 2-0 lead, and another short-handed tally.
Texas scored a short-handed goal of their own to split the lead in half. A John Roisum shot went off the shin guards of Andrew Mayer who walked in on a breakaway and slid the puck past Ben Myers 11:20 into the game.
In the second period, Texas tied the game on a power-play that carried over from the first period. Just 50 second in, Justin Greenberg struck to tie the game at two apiece.
Corpus Christi regained the lead when the puck found its way onto the stick of Jalen Schulz after a turnover. Schulz found a seam and beat Leisner for another one goal IceRays lead.
In the final period, the Tornado were awarded a power-play late in regulation and pulled the goalie to have a two player advantage. After numerous chances fell short, Mike Economos sealed the win with an empty net goal.
Ben Myers put aside 31 of 33 shots in the win.
The IceRays return home next weekend to take on the Fairbanks IceDogs. Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on sportsjuice.com, the TuneIn Radio APP, and fasthockey.com.
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