GAME PREVIEW #33: VS. ODESSA

LEAGUE GAME #395
HOME GAME #17
TEAM GAME #33

ODESSA JACKALOPES (5-25-2, 12pts, 6TH – South Division)

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CORPUSCHRISTIICERAYS (13-14-5, 31pts, 4TH – South Division)

American Bank Center – Corpus Christi, TX

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013 – 7:05 PM

  Referee:Anthony Falette                    Linesmen:Ian McCambridge & Eli Rivera

TONIGHT’S GAME …The IceRays host the Odessa Jackalopes for the first time all season since Odessa slid into the NAHL Playoffs last season in front of Corpus Christi during the final month of regular season play.  For the Jackalopes this year, the struggles have been ongoing to both score goals and keep goals out of the net.  The lone bright spot for the Jacks’ is the play of Lawrence Cornellier who leads the squad with 16 goals and 29 assists through 32 games played.  Odessa also added stronger goaltending between the pipes adding Nick Deery who has a 3.67 GAA and a save percentage of .924% through four games.  As for the IceRays, they look ahead to returning home after the sweep they took at the hands of the Texas Tornado.  The top line of Sulmonte, Romig, and D’Arrisso has been spot on for Corpus Christi and needs to stay that way this half of the season.  The IceRays and Wildcats play Odessa ten times each through the rest of the season which should provide some interesting drama down the homestretch.

THE SERIES…Tonight’s game is the third meeting between the IceRays and Jackalopes this season.   
            – Season series: IceRays leads 2-0

NINE OF ELEVEN… AJ Jarosz has recorded a point in nine of the last eleven games…  In that time, the 2nd year IceRay picked up 11pts total. 

PLAYOFF RACE… Corpus Christi is still 9pts in front of Wichita Falls after this past weekend and remains in 4th place with 31pts.  

COPLEY GETS MVP… Former IceRays goaltender Pheonix Copley recorded two shutouts over the weekend as Michigan Tech captured the Great Lakes Invitational, and earned tournament MVP. 

FIRST USHL GOAL… Former IceRay defender Travis Maxwell picked up his first USHL goal with the Lincoln Stars against Tri City. 

COMMITTING… Current IceRays forward Beau Walker and former IceRay Dmitry Ermakov have both committed to top D3 schools.  Walker will attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point wile Ermakov will skate for Norwich, who currently is ranked #1 in the country.

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION…

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

Amarillo

32

26

3

3

55

.859

140

65

591

14-1-1

12-2-2

Texas

35

24

10

1

49

.700

136

92

703

11-6-1

13-4-0

Topeka

33

20

8

5

45

.682

102

72

773

10-6-3

10-2-2

Corpus Christi

32

13

14

5

31

.484

97

113

787

5-10-1

8-4-4

Wichita Falls

30

10

18

2

22

.367

81

113

491

4-7-1

6-11-1

Odessa

32

5

25

2

12

.188

58

145

616

1-14-1

4-11-1

 

CORPUS CHRISTI’S RECORDS AGAINST THE SOUTH:
AMARILLO: 2-2-0
TEXAS: 1-7-0
TOPEKA: 0-2-0
WICHITA FALLS: 1-1-2
ODESSA: 2-0-0
FAIRBANKS: 1-1-2
KENAI RIVER: 4-0-0

ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: Rudy Sulmonte & Perry D’Arrisso – 15
ASSISTS: Perry D’Arrisso –19
POINTS: Perry D’Arrisso  – 34
PLUS/MINUS: Jalen Schulz – +5
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 90min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 109
WINS: Hayden Stewart – 6
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 3.10
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Hayden Stewart – .911

COMMITMENTS

2013-2014
Beau Walker – Wisconsin-Stevens Point (D3 – NCHA)
Dmitry Ermakov – Norwich University (D3 – ECAC East)

2014-2015
Matthew Weis – Ohio State University

ALUMNI REPORT
 

NCAA D-I…
            – Anthony Stolarz (U. of Nebraska-Omaha) – (2-5-0, 2.56GAA, .898%)
            – Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – (6G, 0A) – 16GP
            – Frank Misuraca (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) – (2g, 4a) – 15GP
            – Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) – (3-6-0, 3.30GAA, .892%)
            – Mychal Monteith (Mercyhurst) – (0g, 2a) – 11GP
            – Colton Saucerman (Northeastern) – (1g, 4a) – 13GP

NCAA D-III…
            – Greg Chapman (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 9GP
            – Luc Neitenbach (Worcester State) – (0g, 0a) – 6GP
            – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – (5g, 3a) – 12GP
            – Derrek Schartz (Tufts University) – (1g, 0a) – 6GP
            – Josh Obregon (Johnson & Wales U.) – (2g, 7a) – 12GP
            – Anton Olsson (Lawrence College) – (0-1, 6.00GAA, .838%)

            – Navarone Copley (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 7GP
            – Jonathan Sdao (Colby College) – (3g, 2a) – 9GP

USHL…
            Matthew Weis (Green Bay Gamblers) – (7g, 12a) – 24GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (2g, 4a) – 18GP
            – Travis Maxwell (Lincoln) – (1g, 4a) – 5GP
            – Roman Uchyn – (Des Moines) – (3g, 2a) – 8GP

QMJHL…
            – Phil Pietroniro (Shawinigan) – (2g, 4a) – 20GP

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

Friday, January 3rd @ 7:05PM vs. Odessa Jackalopes
Frosty Friday – Half off 20oz domestic beer & 24oz soda!

Saturday, January 4th, @ 7:05PM vs. Odessa Jackalopes
Caller Times 4-Pack Night – 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 soda’s for $44

LISTEN TO THE RAYS… All IceRays’ home games will be aired live on SportsJuice.com, ustream.com, and the TuneIn Radio APP (search: icerays) with a 15 minute pregame and postgame show.  Away games will air on 91.1FM KSGR and KSGR.org with the voice of the Rays, Rob Lippolis.  In addition, all games will be available through the league’s video website, www.fasthockey.com.