GAME PREVIEW #21: VS. AMARILLO BULLS

LEAGUE GAME #209
HOME GAME #9
TEAM GAME #21

CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS (6-10-4, 16pts, 5TH – South Division)

VS

AMARILLO BULLS (14-3-1, 29pts, 1ST – South Division & NAHL)

American Bank Center – Corpus Christi, TX

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 – 7:05PM CST

REFEREE: Jordan Solomon      LINESMEN: Steven Schoiber & Chase Wilkinson

TONIGHT’S GAME … The Corpus Christi IceRays return home tonight to the American Bank Center for Stars & Stripes Night as they host the NAHL leading, and defending national champion Amarillo Bulls.  The Bulls are 9-1-0 in their last ten games while the IceRays are currently riding a three game losing streak, dropping three of four to the Odessa Jackalopes last week.  The ‘Rays have been hit hard with the injury bug as of late and made several roster changes this week leading up to the series with the Bulls.  Amarillo is coming off a mid-week sweep of the Lone Star Brahmas while the IceRays look to get back into the win column over the top team in the league. 

PLAYERS TO WATCH…
AMARILLO

Matt Sieckhaus – Matt has 2g & 4a in his last five games played.
Collin Delia – 2-0 record, a shutout, and .958 SV% in Amarillo’s last five games played.

CORPUS CHRISTI
Martin Hojbjerg – Has 4g in his last five games for the IceRays.
Ben Myers – Will need to come up big for the IceRays tonight vs. Amarillo.

TONIGHT’S BROADCAST… Listen LIVE tonight beginning at 6:50PM CST on sportsjuice.com, ustream.com, the TuneIn Radio APP, and “LISTEN LIVE” on the IceRays website.  Puck drops at 7:05PM CST.  PPV Video is available on fasthockey.com! Click the LISTEN LIVE link on www.goicerays.com for more info!

THE SERIES… Tonight’s game is the third of eight meetings between the IceRays and Bulls this season.   
            – IceRays record vs. AMA: 0-2-0

NEXT FIVE ICERAYS GAMES…
– Sun. November 10th vs. Amarillo – 3:05PM (American Bank Center)
– Fri. November 15th @ Odessa – 7:17PM (Ector County Coliseum)
– Sat. November 16th @ Odessa – 7:17PM (Ector County Coliseum)
– Fri. November 22nd vs. Lone Star – 7:05PM (American Bank Center)
– Sat. November 23rd vs. Lone Star – 7:05PM (American Bank Center)

INJURY BUG… The IceRays will be without (D) Kyle Froese, (F) Malo Ville, (F) Mikkel Hojbjerg, and (F) Brandon Berkley for this weekend’s series against Amarillo. 

BIG ROSTER MOVES… The IceRays had big changes this past week trading Eric Purcell to Kenai River in exchange for Brad LeLievre.  In addition, the IceRays added (F) Sami Pokka, (D) Jake McNamara, (F) Connor Kelly, and (D) Corey Sikich to the roster while releasing Joe Costello, Frank Dini, and Griffin Leach.

GAME CHANGE!!!  Due to an HBO Boxing event at the American Bank Center, tomorrow’s game originally scheduled on Saturday, November 9th game has been MOVED to Sunday, November 10th at 3:05PM.

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION…

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

Amarillo

18

14

3

1

29

.806

67

32

469

9-1-0

5-2-1

Rio Grande Valley

19

10

4

5

25

.658

49

41

355

3-3-3

7-1-2

Wichita Falls

18

10

5

3

23

.639

49

44

447

6-4-2

4-1-1

Topeka

20

10

8

2

22

.550

54

52

361

5-2-2

5-6-0

Corpus Christi

20

6

10

4

16

.400

44

59

377

4-2-2

2-8-2

Odessa

22

6

16

0

12

.273

47

77

376

3-6-0

3-10-0

Lone Star

17

4

12

1

9

.265

38

70

373

2-5-1

2-7-0

SOUTH DIVISION MATCHUPS TONIGHT
Lone Star @ Wichita Falls – 7:05PM (Kay Yeager Coliseum)
Odessa @ Rio Grande Valley – 7:05PM (State Farm Arena)

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 0-2-0
LONE STAR: 2-0-0
TOPEKA: 0-2-0
WICHITA FALLS: 1-0-1
ODESSA: 1-3-0
FAIRBANKS: 1-1-0
KENAI RIVER: 0-0-2
MINOT: 1-0-0
COULEE REGION: 0-1-0
MN WILDERNESS: 0-1-0
PORT HURON: 0-0-1

ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: Martin Hojbjerg – 7
ASSISTS: Tony Roisum & Jake Durflinger – 7
POINTS: Tony Roisum – 12
PLUS/MINUS: Kyle Froese – +5
PENALTY MINUTES: Luke McDiarmid – 49min
SHOTS: Martin Hojbjerg – 55
WINS: Ben Myers – 3
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 2.41
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Ben Myers – .923

COMMITMENTS

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

ALUMNI REPORT

NCAA D-I…
            – Perry D’Arrisso – (Clarkson University) – (1g, 0a) – 2GP

            – Emil Romig – (University of Denver) – (0g, 0a) – 0GP
           
– Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – (0g, 0a) – 1GP
            – Frank Misuraca (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) – (0g, 2a) –6GP
            – Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) – (1-5-0, 2.17GAA, .937%) – 6GP
            – Mychal Monteith (Mercyhurst) – (0g, 0a) – 8GP
            – Colton Saucerman (Northeastern) – (2g, 4a) – 8GP

NCAA D-III…
            Dmitry Ermakov (Norwich University) – (0g, 0a) – 0GP
            Mike Economos (Plymouth State University) – (0g, 1a) – 2GP
            – Tommy Dowell (Plymouth State University) – 0g, 0a) – 1GP
            – Ian McGilvrey (Plymouth State University) – (1g, 0a) – 2GP

            – Zachary Lindsay (UMass Boston) – (0g, 0a) – 0GP
            – John Roisum (University of St. Thomas) – (0g, 0a) – 0GP
            – Andrew Paras (University of Wisconsin-River Falls) – (0g, 0a) – 0GP
            – Tommy Telesca (SUNY Potsdam) (0g, 0a) – 0GP
           
– Greg Chapman (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 0GP
            – Navarone Copley (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 0GP
            – Luc Neitenbach (Worcester State) – (0g, 0a) – 0GP
            – Jake Diamond (Wentworth College) – (0g, 0a) – 0GP
            – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – (0g, 0a) – 1GP
            – Derrek Schartz (Tufts University) – (0g, 0a) – 0GP
            – Josh Obregon (Johnson & Wales U.) – (0g, 2a) – 1GP
            – Anton Olsson (Lawrence College) – (0-1-0, 2.97GAA, .914%) – 1GP
            – Jonathan Sdao (Colby College) – (0g, 0a) – 0GP

USHL…
            – Jalen Schulz (Tri-City) – (0g, 1a) – 12GP
            – Hayden Stewart (Dubuque) – (2-2-0, 2.78GAA, .923%) – 4GP
            – Ryan Chiasson (Dubuque) – (0g, 0a) – 5GP
            – Brandon Smith (Lincoln) – (2g, 4a) – 9GP
           
Matthew Weis (Green Bay) – (1g, 6a) –6GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago) – (2g, 2a) – 13GP
           

QMJHL…
            Phil Pietroniro (Val d’Or Foreurs) – (0g, 3a) – 17GP

OHL…
            – Anthony Stolarz (London) – (9-2-1 / 2.68GAA / .922%) – 14GP

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

TONIGHT, November 8th vs. Amarillo Bulls @ 7:05PM
STARS & STRIPES NIGHT – Presented by Whataburger & First Title
            – Post Game Jersey Auction
FROSTY FRIDAY – $1 Beer & Soda

Sunday, November 10th vs. Amarillo Bulls @ 3:05PM
DOLLAR DAY – $1 Popcorn

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