Ice Rays Freeze Runners In Shootout 3-2
Despite having more shots than Corpus Christi by a wide margin in regulation, the RoadRunners were forced into overtime and then shutout in the shootout, losing to the Ice Rays 3-2.
A spirited fight between Tyler Groat and Lucas McDiarmid led to McDiarmid’s ejection and a powerplay at 6:03 in the first. A minute later, Patrick Pollock fired a laser over Hayden Stewart’s left shoulder to give the RoadRunners a 1-0 lead. Corpus Christi responded at 13:54 with a goal by Beau Walker, knotting the game going into the first intermission.
A scoreless second gave way to a busy third where the Ice Rays would take the lead on Ryan McNeely’s goal at 3:47. Now down 2-1, Drew Kariofiles gave the hometown faithful a reason to cheer with his goal at 6:13. The RoadRunners failed to capitalize on Michael Economos’ tripping penalty at 16:02, resulting in overtime. Neither team mounted a serious charge in the extra frame bringing about a sudden death shootout.
Stewart shined against the penalty shots, stonewalling all four RoadRunners he faced. Mackenzie Sawyer was not so lucky. Charles Baldwin drew first blood on the Ice Ray’s first attempt and Beau Walker sealed the deal on their fifth attempt, clinching a 3-2 win.
The RoadRunners will look to get back on track Saturday Night during Children’s Miracle Network Night at Landon Arena. For more information on tickets, call 785-286-PUCK or visit the Expocentre Box Office.