GAME 2 PREVIEW: @ AMARILLO BULLS

PLAYOFF GAME #2
AWAY PLAYOFF GAME #2
SERIES: ICERAYS LEAD 1-0

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013 – 7:00PM

Referee:  Walker Holton   Linesmen:  William Kingdon & Justin Bell

TONIGHT’S GAME… Corpus Christi won their first ever NAHL playoff game in stunning fashion last night with a two goal third period en route to a 2-1 victory over the NAHL regular season champion Amarillo Bulls.  Tonight’s game could be crucial to the series.  Coming into this semifinal round, they key was goaltending and the IceRays got that as Hayden Stewart stopped 38 of 39 shots while the IceRays solved Paul Berrafato.  Emil Romig and Brandon Berkley both scored for the Rays’ with Berkley tallying the game winner late in regulation.  Four different IceRays picked up points as Walker assisted twice, Williams added a helper, Berkley scored the game winner, and Emil Romig scored and assisted.    

TONIGHT’S BROADCASTS… Listen LIVE to Game 2 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 14th meeting between the IceRays and Bulls this year and the 2nd time in this playoff series.   
            – IceRays regular season record vs. AMA: 5-7-0
            – IceRays playoff record vs. AMA: 1-0-0

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

BRICK WALL…  Hayden Stewart may not have earned one of the three stars of the game in Amarillo for Game 1, however he stopped 38 of 39 shots and was key to the comeback victory.

COMEBACK WIN…  The IceRays trailed 1-0 going into the final period but Emil Romig and Brandon Berkley each scored to take Game 1 for the IceRays 2-1 over Amarillo. 

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 (REGULAR SEASON):
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

(PLAYOFFS) ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: Emil Romig & Brandon Berkley – 1
ASSISTS: Beau Walker  – 2
POINTS: Beau Walker & Emil Romig – 2
PLUS/MINUS: Beau Walker & Emil Romig – +2
PENALTY MINUTES: Brandon Berkley – 4min
SHOTS: Emil Romig – 4
WINS: Hayden Stewart – 1
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Hayden Stewart – 1.00
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Hayden Stewart – .974

(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

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, 27a) – 55GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (6g, 6a) – 49GP
            – 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 – (5-0-0 / 1.46GAA / .950%) – 5GP

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.