Ice Rays sting Ice Dogs in home opener

FAIRBANKS-The Ice Rays didn't seem intimidated by the always intense home crowd at the Big Dipper. Corpus Christi made timely plays in their 3-2 win over Fairbanks last night.

Eric Purcell scored the first goal of the game for Corpus Christi. Purcell chased down a puck and came around the net and shot a wrap around that whizzed past the helmet of Ice Dogs goalie Kevin Aldridge.

But the Ice Dogs responded and responded quickly. At the 2:08 mark of the first period, just 20 seconds after Purcell's goal, rookie Viktor Liljegren finds Tayler Munson who puts it home from the right circle for the equalizer.

Tied 1-1 into the second period and Lonnie Clary of the Ice Dogs gets in a fight with Lucas McDiarmid and the fans went wild and Clary fired up his team. About eight minutes later the Ice Dogs found themselves on a power play and veteran Kyle Lee goes to Chanlder Madry on the cross ice pass and Madry ends the play with a powerful slapshot to give the Ice Dogs a 2-1 lead.

The Ice Rays answered quickly. Just seven seconds elapsed in the third period when Jake Durflinger got behind the Ice Dogs defense and got the puck behind Aldridge to tie the game at two all.

Corpus Christi goalie Ben Myers was on point denying numerous chances by the Ice Dogs who were putting pressure on the Ice Rays throughout the night. Wes Michaud gave Myers a lead to work with when his goal found net after a deflected shot by teammate Malo Ville. Ice Rays had a 3-2 lead with 14:26 to go.

That's all Myers would need as he walled off net making 48 saves on 50 shots. The Ice Rays spoil the Ice Dogs' first home game of the season with a 3-2 win.

Both teams return to the Big Dipper tonight as the puck drops at 8 p.m.