Amarillo, Tx- The Wranglers completed the sweep of the Ice Rays with a 4-to-2 win Saturday night to stay undefeated at the Budweiser Bullpen this season.
Saturday night’s contest would start with both teams generating scoring chances early and both goalies shutting the door. Late in the period, Glebs Prohorenkovs would force a turnover deep in the Ice Rays zone and get a lucky bounce on his pass attempt, which would end up finding the back of the net. The goal would be Prohorenkovs seventh of the season and hold up for a 1-to-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Amarillo would double their lead early in the second when Dominic Schimizzi buried his own rebound at the 3:46 mark for his fifth goal of the season. Corpus would respond with scoring chances of their own but could not get past Max Gutjahr throughout the second period.
The Wranglers would open up a three-goal lead on the power play when Kristaps Skrastins buried his 14th goal of the year 13:59 into the second period. Gutjahr would keep the Rays off the board and help the Wranglers preserve the three-goal lead into the third period.
The Ice Rays would find new life in the third period and apply more pressure on the Wranglers’ goal. At the 9:06 mark, Nathan Butler would end the shutout streak and get the Ice Rays on the board. Less than two minutes later, the Ice Rays would strike again when Charlie Merkley deflected a shot from the point past Gutjahr to make it a 3-to-2 game.
Corpus would come close to tying the game late, but in the final seconds, Prohorenkovs would find the empty net for his second goal of the night and secure the victory. The Wranglers would hold on for the 4-to-2 win as Gutjahr earned his league-leading 12th win of the season.
Amarillo remains in the top spot in the division with a one-point lead over New Mexico. The Wranglers will hit the road again for three consecutive weekends, starting with a trip to El Paso next weekend.