GAME 4 PREVIEW: VS. AMARILLO BULLS

PLAYOFF GAME #4
HOME PLAYOFF GAME #2
SERIES: AMARILLO LEADS 2-1

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2013 – 7:05PM

Referee:  Jordan Solomon   Linesmen:  William Kingdon & Justin Bell

TONIGHT’S GAME… The IceRays have their backs against the wall tonight in Game 4 after the Bulls escaped with a 5-3 win inside the American Bank Center.  Corpus Christi will need to put another two game winning streak together starting tonight in order to advance to the South Division Finals and face either Topeka or Texas.  Rudy Sulmonte scored his first two goals of the playoffs last night in the loss while Brandon Berkley picked up his second goal of the series early in the third period.  Amarillo captain John Rey added two goals of his own in the victory for the NAHL regular season champions.  If the IceRays tie the series tonight at two games apiece the deciding fifth game will take place in Amarillo on Saturday night. 

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 16th meeting between the IceRays and Bulls this year and the 4th time in this playoff series.   
            – IceRays regular season record vs. AMA: 5-7-0
            – IceRays playoff record vs. AMA: 1-2

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 – Amarillo WIN 5-3
     – Game 4 – Wednesday, April 10th vs. Amarillo
     – Game 5 – Saturday, April 13th @ Amarillo*
                                                    (* IF NECESSARY)

ANOTHER BIG THIRD PERIOD…  Corpus Christi started another comeback in the third period combined by Rudy Sulmonte and Brandon Berkley who pulled the Rays’ within a goal.  However, Amarillo held off the late push to win Game 3.

LEADING PIM’S & GOALS…  IceRays forward Brandon Berkley is tied for the team lead in goals while also leading in penalty minutes in the playoffs as well. 

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, Rudy Sulmonte, Brandon Berkley – 2
ASSISTS: Beau Walker & Emil Romig  – 3
POINTS: Emil Romig – 3
PLUS/MINUS: Perry D’Arrisso & Grant Hutton – +3
PENALTY MINUTES: Brandon Berkley – 28min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 13
WINS: Hayden Stewart – 1
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Hayden Stewart – 3.02
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Hayden Stewart – .925

(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 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.