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Corpus Christi wins tough contest against Fairbanks, 3-2
Story by Narrative Science.
In a game where neither team could get a cushion, the Corpus Christi IceRays escaped with a 3-2 victory over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
Each team kept the other at bay throughout the game, and Wes Michaud secured the win for Corpus Christi with a goal in the third period.
The IceRays were led by Michaud, who grabbed one goal. Michaud scored 5:34 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Corpus Christi. Malo Ville assisted on the tally.
The Corpus Christi penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled 10 minors and one major for 25 minutes in penalty time. The IceRays surpassed its season average of 17.0 penalty minutes per game. Corpus Christi relied on a core group of players for most of its offense, as Jake Durflinger, Eric Purcell and Michaud took 14 of the team's 25 shots.
Fairbanks was often in penalty trouble, totaling 10 minors and one major for 35 minutes in penalty time. The Ice Dogs had been averaging 23.0 minutes in penalties per game. Fairbanks excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances. With 50 shots on target during the contest, the Ice Dogs exceeded the 33.1 shots they average per game this year.
Fairbanks was helped by Chandler Madry, who finished with one goal. Madry scored on the power play 14:44 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Fairbanks. The Ice Dogs had gotten the advantage when the IceRays' Grant Hutton was sent off for facemask. Kyle Lee picked up the assist. Tayler Munson also scored for Fairbanks. In addition, Fairbanks received assists from Duggie Lagrone, Viktor Liljegren, and Brett Gervais, who contributed one a piece.