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Corpus Christi survives Minot comeback, wins 5-4
Story by Narrative Science.
The Minot Minotauros tried to dig themselves out of a two-goal hole, but the Corpus Christi IceRays held on for a 5-4 victory.
Maurin Bouvet was all over the ice for the IceRays, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Bouvet scored the first of his two goals at 9:10 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Corpus Christi. Purcell picked up the assist. Bouvet's next tally made the score 5-4 Corpus Christi with 1:06 left in the third period. Grant Hutton provided the assist.
Corpus Christi's goal total was higher than its season average. This season, the IceRays average 1.8 goal per contest. The defensemen of Corpus Christi were also effective in the Minotauros' zone, and came away with two goals. By firing 34 shots on goal, the IceRays exceeded the 27.0 shots they average per game this year.
Corpus Christi also got points from Jason Lem, who also had one goal and one assist and Purcell, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Corpus Christi also got a goal from Frank Dini as well. In addition, Corpus Christi received assists from Jake Durflinger, who had two and Mikkel Hojbjerg, Martin Hojbjerg, and Malo Ville, who contributed one a piece.
Minot put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Corpus Christi to score on any of its three power plays. The Minotauros put 32 shots on net during the contest, more than the 26.0 they average per game.
Minot was helped by Jack Forbort, who tallied one goal. Forbort scored 12:31 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Corpus Christi. Scott Smoot picked up the assist. Minot additionally got points from Jake McCann, who also registered one goal and one assist. Jadin Martin also scored for Minot. More assists for Minot came via Michael Bigelbach, who had two and Krisztian Nagy, Blake Aguilar, and Scott Dornbrock, who each chipped in one.
The IceRays' Scott Albertoni stopped 28 shots out of the 32 that he faced. Corpus Christi ended with nine minutes in penalty time with two minors and one major. Brandon Wildung rejected 29 shots on goal for the Minotauros. Minot totaled 11 minutes in penalty time with three minors and one major and went 0-for-2 on the power play.