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Saturday Scores: Laburn leads 'Rays to OT win

December 28, 2014

Tanner Creel (above) made 22 saves in a win over Lone Star, while Topeka (below) edged Wichita Falls, 3-2.

Rio Grande Valley 1 @ Corpus Christi 2 (OT) - The Corpus Christ IceRays (16-10-4) rode on the wings of two Nic LaBurn goals to earn a 2-1 overtime win over the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (10-15-5) on Saturday night from the American Bank Center. The IceRays finish the first half of the season with three-straight wins and a 4-2-0 record in December. For the second-straight game, the road side jumped out of the gates in the first period. Killer Bees forward Guy Roby hacked away at the edge of the IceRays crease to force it through netminder Andrew Lindgren and give Rio Grande Valley a 1-0 lead at 7:25 on the power play. Defenseman Evan Bell and forward Kyle Stephan picked up assists on the play. In the second period, defenseman Anthony Cortese worked with forward Ryan Cusin to find LaBurn at the back side of Killer Bees netminder Nick Schmit to tuck home the game-tying goal on the power play, 1-1, at 18:31. With no goals in the third period, both sides forced overtime. After chances for both teams, LaBurn cleared into the offensive zone and a few passes later stuffed a second chance play into the net to give the IceRays a 2-1 victory 3:12 into overtime. Lindgren (12-6-2) earned his second-straight overtime win, saving 21 of 22 shots, while Schmit (3-7-2) picked up the overtime loss, turning aside 28 of 30 shots. Boxscore
 
Lone Star 2 @ Odessa 4 - The Odessa Jackalopes were looking to avenge a 6-2 defeat at the hands on the Lone Star Brahmas on Friday night. The Jacks got the scoring started at 12:54 of the first period. Andrew McLean took a neat pass from Kenny Hausinger and ripped a slap shot over the left shoulder of Jake Kupsky. The Jacks took a 1-0 lead to the locker room. The Jackalopes took a two-goal lead in the first minute of the second when Razmuz Waxin-Engback buried a one-timer between the legs of Kupsky from the left circle. Alex Alger and newcomer Ed Hirka picked up the assist.  In the 3rd period, the league’s leading scorer, Sebastian Vidmar put the Brahmas on the board with his twentieth goal of the season on the power play at 1:27 to cut the Jacks lead to one. While killing a penalty, Alex Alger found himself in alone on a breakaway and beat Kupsky over the glove hand to put the Jacks out front by two again. After a hard-working shift, Alex Alger was able to find Waxin-Engback alone in front of Kupsky, to give the Swedish forward his second tally of the night. The Brahmas Vanderbeck would score a goal late, but the Jackalopes knocked off the Brahmas for the first time this season by a final score of 4-2 in front of 1,275 fans at the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa. Tanner Creel made 22 saves in the win for Odessa. Boxscore
 
Wichita Falls 2 @ Topeka 3 - Returning to the ice after the short Christmas break, the Topeka RoadRunners squared off with South Division rivals, the Wichita Falls Wildcats.  The first period was a scoreless affair but was not without it's chances, as a Cam Strong shot clanged off the goal post among other opportunities. Topeka outshot Wichita Falls 9-6 in that opening stanza but neither side could score. Topeka jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 3:43 of the second period when Cam Strong and Carlos Fornaris sprinted through a WIldcat faceoff win to create a 2-on-1 rush where Strong fed a perfect crossing pass to Fornaris on the right side for the one-timer and the lead. Wichita Falls notched their first power goal of the year against the 'Runners as Kevin Charyszyn tapped home a wide-open rebound at 10:31. Topeka retook the lead when Fornaris chased down the puck in the right wing corner on the forecheck, firing it across to Jasen Fernsler who snapped it home on the blocker side for a 2-1 lead at 16:15, but the 'Cats answered yet again when Colin Staub swept home a rebound at 18:21 of the 2nd period and the game was tied 2-2 after 40 minutes.  Daniel Rzavsky scored the game-winner as he ripped a heavy shot past David Zevnik for a 3-2 lead that ended up being the final margin. Matej Tomek made 24 saves in the win. The 'Runners outshot the Wildcats 29-26, improving to 14-1-1 in Landon Arena this season. Boxscore
 
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