GAME PREVIEW #1: @ TOPEKA ROADRUNNERS

NAHL GAME #2
AWAY GAME #1
TOTAL GAME #1

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

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TOPEKA ROADRUNNERS (39-14-7, 85pts, 2ND – South Division LAST YEAR)

Kansas Expocentre – Landon Arena – Topeka, KS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 – 7:15PM

Referee:  Anthony Falette        Linesmen:  Addison Brush & Vincent Herbert

TONIGHT’S GAME… Before the IceRays head north to Minnesota for the 2013 NAHL Showcase they make a stop in Topeka on the way for a pair of games.  It will be the Corpus Christi’s only visit to the Expocentre this year.  Last season against the RoadRunners, the Rays’ picked up their first win over Topeka since joining the North American Hockey League in 2010-2011.  The IceRays return only six players to start the season and will look to them for a good start.  Eric Purcell will skate his third season with Corpus Christi, while Grant Hutton and Caleb O’Brien will be a key presence on the defensive side for the IceRays.  The toughness will be covered in returners with Brandon Berkley and Luke McDiarmid.  Between the pipes is a three way battle between returner Ben Myers and newcomers Forbes Ploszaj along with Scott Albertoni

TONIGHT’S BROADCASTS… Listen LIVE tonight beginning at 7:00PM on 91.1FM KSGR, ksgr.org, ustream.com, and “Listen Live” on the IceRays website while a video broadcast is also available for a small fee on fasthockey.com.  Puck drops at 7:15PM.  

THE SERIES… This is the first meeting of four this season between Corpus Christi and Topeka.  Last year, the Roadrunners took the season series 3-0-1.   
            – IceRays record vs. TOP: 0-0-0

ADDING THE IMPORTS… In the off-season, the IceRays picked up the max of imports with twins from Denmark, Mikkel & Martin Hojbjerg, along with two forwards from France,  Malo Ville and Maurin Bouvet. 

2012-2013 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

LAST SEASON: CORPUS CHRISTI 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

LEAST 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
Perry D’Arrisso – Clarkson University (D1 – ECAC)
Emil Romig – University of Denver (D1 – NCHC)
John Roisum – University of St. Thomas (D3 – MIAC)
Andrew Paras – University of Wisconsin-River Falls (D3 – WIAC)
Tommy Telesca – SUNY Potsdam (D3 – SUNYAC)
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

UPCOMING GAME PROMOTIONS:

Friday, September 27th vs. Lone Star Brahmas @ 7:05PM
FROSTY FRIDAY – Fans receive $1 Beer & Soda!
MAGNET SCHEDULE GIVEAWAY – Presented by Janet’s Cakery!

Saturday, September 28th vs. Lone Star Brahmas @ 7:05PM
CALLER TIMES 4-PACK NIGHT – Get 4 Tix, 4 Hotdogs, 4 Soda’s for $44!

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.