GAME 1 PREVIEW: @ AMARILLO BULLS

PLAYOFF GAME #1
AWAY PLAYOFF GAME #1

AMARILLO BULLS (46-7-7, 99pts, 1ST – South Division & NAHL)

VS.

CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS (28-26-6, 62pts, 4TH – South Division)

Amarillo Civic Center – Amarillo, TX

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013 – 7:00PM

Referee:  Jake Brenk Linesmen:  William Kingdon & Justin Bell

TONIGHT’S GAME… For the first time since joining the NAHL for the 2010-2011 season the Corpus Christi IceRays will take the ice for a playoff game tonight in Amarillo.  Throughout the regular season, the IceRays and Bulls built up a heated rivalry as Corpus Christi handed Amarillo five losses.  The Rays’ return to the Civic Center in Amarillo and need to watch out for players like Matt Sieckhaus, Tyler Deresky, and TJ Sarcona, who combined for 34pts against the IceRays in 12 games.  As for Corpus Christi, Rudy Sulmonte leads the team against Amarillo with 11pts in 12 games.  A backbone for the IceRays is between the pipes as Ben Myers and Hayden Stewart both carry at least a .912 save percentage. 

TONIGHT’S BROADCASTS… Listen LIVE to Game 1 tonight beginning at 6:45PM on 91.1FM KSGR, ksgr.org, and ustream.com.  Puck drops at 7:00PM.  Video is available on fasthockey.com for a small cost.

THE SERIES… This is the 13th meeting between the IceRays and Bulls this year and the first time in this playoff series.   
            – IceRays record vs. AMA: 5-7-0

PLAYOFF DATES VS. AMARILLO…
     – Game 1 – Friday, April 5th @ Amarillo (Amarillo Civic Center)
     – Game 2 – Saturday, April 6th @ Amarillo (Amarillo Civic Center)
     – Game 3 – Tuesday, April 9th vs. Amarillo (American Bank Center)
     – Game 4 – Wednesday, April 10th vs. Amarillo* (American Bank Center)
     – Game 5 – Saturday, April 13th @ Amarillo* (Amarillo Civic Center)
                                                    (* IF NECESSARY)

 

PLAYER OF THE WEEK… Rudy Sulmonte earned Player of the Week honors for the South Division and fell just short of Player of the Month scoring 19pts in the month of March. 

FINAL SOUTH DIVISION STANDINGS…

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

zAmarillo

60

46

7

7

99

.825

248

118

1268

24-2-4

22-5-3

xTopeka

60

39

14

7

85

.708

190

146

1343

16-9-5

23-5-2

xTexas

60

36

22

2

74

.617

219

168

1123

16-13-1

20-9-1

xCorpus Christi

60

28

26

6

62

.517

194

200

1441

13-16-1

15-10-5

Wichita Falls

60

26

30

4

56

.467

183

200

955

13-15-2

13-15-2

Odessa

60

6

51

3

15

.125

121

309

1315

2-26-2

4-25-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 5-7-0
TEXAS: 2-10-0
TOPEKA: 1-3-0
WICHITA FALLS: 2-3-3
ODESSA: 11-1-0
FAIRBANKS: 1-1-2
KENAI RIVER: 4-0-0

(REG SEASON) ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: Rudy Sulmonte – 27
ASSISTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 37
POINTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 68
PLUS/MINUS: Grant Hutton – +14
PENALTY MINUTES: Brandon Berkley – 149min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 196
WINS: Hayden Stewart & Ben Myers – 13
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 2.88
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Ben Myers – .913

(PLAYOFFS) ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: NONE –0
ASSISTS: NONE – 0
POINTS: NONE – 0
PLUS/MINUS: NONE – 0
PENALTY MINUTES: NONE – 0
SHOTS: NONE – 0
WINS: NONE – 0
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: NONE – 0
SAVE PERCENTAGE: NONE – 0

COMMITMENTS

2013-2014
Beau Walker – Wisconsin-Stevens Point (D3 – NCHA)
Dmitry Ermakov – Norwich University (D3 – ECAC East)
Mike Economos – Plymouth State University (D3 – MASCAC)
Zachary Lindsay – UMass Boston (D3 – ECAC East)
Ian McGilvrey – Plymouth State University (D3 – MASCAC)

2014-2015
Matthew Weis – Ohio State University
Tommaso Bucci – Mercyhurst

ALUMNI REPORT

NCAA D-I…
            – Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – (6G, 3A) – 33GP
            – Frank Misuraca (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) – (2g, 4a) – 20GP
            – Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) – (8-15-1, 3.22GAA, .900%) – 24GP
            – Mychal Monteith (Mercyhurst) – (0g, 2a) – 20GP
            – Colton Saucerman (Northeastern) – (3g, 8a) – 31GP

NCAA D-III…
           
– Greg Chapman (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 1a) – 19GP
            – Luc Neitenbach (Worcester State) – (0g, 0a) – 15GP
            – Jake Diamond (Wentworth College) – (0g, 0a) – 8GP
            – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – (10g, 11a) – 27GP
            – Derrek Schartz (Tufts University) – (2g, 1a) – 16GP
            – Josh Obregon (Johnson & Wales U.) – (12g, 11a) – 27GP
            – Anton Olsson (Lawrence College) – (0-1, 6.00GAA, .838%)
            – Navarone Copley (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 9GP
            – Jonathan Sdao (Colby College) – (4g, 4a) – 23GP

USHL…
            Matthew Weis (Green Bay Gamblers) – (12g, 24a) – 54GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (6g, 6a) – 48GP
            – Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 7a) – 32GP

QMJHL…
            – Phil Pietroniro (Shawinigan) – (6g, 5a) – 41GP

OHL…
            – Anthony Stolarz (London)
                        Regular Season –
(13-3-2 / 2.29GAA / .920%) – 20GP
                        Playoff Season – (4-0-0 / 1.57GAA / .946%) – 4GP

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

Tuesday , April 9th vs. Amarillo Bulls @ 7:05PM
DOLLAR DOGS – Fans receive $1 hotdogs!

(if necessary) Wednesday, April 10th vs. Amarillo Bulls @ 7:05PM
DOLLAR DRINKS – Get $1 draft beer and soda!

 

LISTEN TO THE RAYS… All IceRays’ away games will air LIVE on 91.1FM KSGR, ksgr.org, and ustream.com with the voice of the Rays, Rob Lippolis.  In addition, all games will be available through the league’s video website, www.fasthockey.com.