GAME 3 PREVIEW: VS. AMARILLO BULLS

PLAYOFF GAME #3
HOME PLAYOFF GAME #1
SERIES: TIED 1-1

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

VS.

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

American Bank Center – Corpus Christi, TX

FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2013 – 7:05PM

Referee:  Jordan Solomon   Linesmen:  William Kingdon & Justin Bell

TONIGHT’S GAME… The IceRays will play their first home playoff game inside the American Bank Center for the first time since the series opening loss at the hands of the Texas Brahmas in the 2010 CHL Playoffs. Tonight, the Rays’ return home as they seek their first home playoff win since a Game 2 victory over the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in the 2009 playoffs.  With the series deadlocked at one game apiece, Corpus Christi now has home ice advantage in the five game semifinal round.  The IceRays came back in Game 1 to take a 1-0 series lead in Amarillo however the Bulls rebounded in big time fashion with a 6-3 win in Game 2.  AJ Jarosz scored two goals in the loss and Beau Walker added this third assist of the series.  Brady Ferguson is hot for Amarillo picking up two tallies of his own in the first period just 21 seconds apart.  The winner of this one will put a strangle hold on the other to win the final two games of the series in order to move on.

TONIGHT’S BROADCASTS… Listen LIVE to Game 3 tonight beginning at 6:50PM on sportsjuice.com, ustream.com, and the TuneIn Radio APP.  Puck drops at 7:05PM.  Video is available on fasthockey.com for a small cost.

THE SERIES… This is the 15th meeting between the IceRays and Bulls this year and the 3rd time in this playoff series.   
            – IceRays regular season record vs. AMA: 5-7-0
            – IceRays playoff record vs. AMA: 1-1

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

TWO IN THE LOSS…  Corpus Christi mounted a comeback in the final period on Saturday night as AJ Jarosz picked up two goals but it wasn’t enough as the IceRays fell 6-3 to the Bulls.

COMEBACK WIN…  The IceRays trailed 1-0 going into the final period in Game 1 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: AJ Jarosz – 2
ASSISTS: Beau Walker  – 3
POINTS: Beau Walker – 3
PLUS/MINUS: Perry D’Arrisso & Grant Hutton – +3
PENALTY MINUTES: Ryan Chiasson – 11min
SHOTS: Emil Romig – 8
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
Season Over *

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) – (13g, 27a) – 56GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (6g, 6a) – 50GP
            – Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 7a) – 33GP

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

OHL…
            – Anthony Stolarz (London)
                        Regular Season –
(13-3-2 / 2.29GAA / .920%) – 20GP
                        Playoff Season – (6-1-0 / 1.75GAA / .944%) – 7GP

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

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

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

 

LISTEN TO THE RAYS… All IceRays’ home games will air LIVE on sportsjuice.com, the TuneIn Radio APP, 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.