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Ice Dogs, IceRays win on Thursday

September 16, 2016

Fairbanks goalie CJ Boothe made 26 saves to lead the defending Robertson Cup Champions to a 3-2 win in Topeka on Thursday.

Fairbanks 3 @ Topeka 2 – Fairbanks winger Dan Haider’s tip-in with just :06 seconds remaining in regulation gave the defending NAHL Robertson Cup Champion Ice Dogs a season-opening 3-2 victory over the RoadRunners Thursday night at the Kansas ExpoCentre. The game-winning goal came as the Ice Dogs gained control around RoadRunner rookie goalie Ryan Snowden. Fairbanks center Hunter Wendt corralled a loose puck in the slot and backhanded a shot towards Snowden, but Haider was there to re-direct it past the 6-foot-3 goaltender and give the Ice Dogs the win. The RoadRunners rallied to tie the game just minutes earlier when Andrew Hart, with assists from Marcus Russell and Jake Rosenbaum, beat Fairbanks goaltender CJ Boothe in a scramble at the 15:58 mark of the third. That goal came only three minutes after Wendt and Haider teamed up on a 2-on-1, with Wendt finishing it off on the doorstep.The RoadRunners came out of the gate rolling, outshooting the Ice Dogs in each of the first two period, but it was the Ice Dogs – on the power play – who scored first as defenseman Dean Hewines beat Snowden cleanly to the glove side from the left-wing boards. Topeka answered before the end of the period, however,  when Hart found Russell in the slot, who beat Boothe with a low shot to the glove side. Topeka defenseman Jack Nickels also assisted on the play. Boothe made 26 saves in the win while Snowden made 19 saves in the loss. Boxscore
Corpus Christi 4 @ Wichita Falls 3 (OT) - The Corpus Christi IceRays (1-0-0) opened the 2016-17 season with a 4-3 overtime win against the Wichita Falls Wildcats (0-0-2) on Thursday night at the Kay Yeager Coliseum. The IceRays began the scoring early at 1:44 of the first period when forward Mason Krueger re-directed a shot in front of the net coming from defenseman Keenan Spillum to start the season with a 1-0 lead. The Wildcats came back to tie the game, 1-1, at 11:04 when forward Ryan Burnett stuffed home a chance initially created by teammate and co-veteran Aleksi Poikola. Just over one minute later at 12:09 while on the power play, IceRays defenseman Cody Fleckenstein angled a hard pass into the left corner that bounced off the boards, off a Wildcats sticks and into the net to take back the lead, 2-1. The lead doubled in the second period at 9:34 on another power play chance for the IceRays, this time forward David Thomson was set up for a one-time shot from the left circle to increase the road side’s lead to 3-1. The IceRays scored on two of their first three power play opportunities. In the third period, the Wildcats made their comeback. At 3:04 on the power play, Wildcats forward Jonathan Bendorf knocked in his first of the season on a second chance play to bring the home side within one, 3-2. Then, at 13:32, Wildcats forward Ricky Carballo took advantage of two stretch play by the IceRays netminder to pop in a back door shot and tie the game, 3-3. The two teams were sent into overtime, and after the IceRays earned a power play, Thomson sealed the win with another one-time slap shot from the left circle to mark the 4-3 win. The IceRays finished the game going 3-for-6 on the power play. IceRays netminder Tomáš Vomá?ka (1-0-0) earned the win, stopping 29 of 32 shots, while Wildcats goaltender Evan Moyer (0-0-2) picked up his second-straight overtime loss, halting 28 of 32 shots. Boxscore
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