GAME PREVIEW #35: vs. TEXAS TORNADO

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TEAM GAME #35

TEXAS TORNADO (26-10-1, 53pts, 2ND – South Division)

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CORPUSCHRISTIICERAYS (15-14-5, 35pts, 4TH – South Division)

American Bank Center – Corpus Christi, TX

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2013 – 7:05 PM

  Referee:Walker Holton                    Linesmen:William Hancock & Eli Rivera

TONIGHT’S GAME …After a sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes, the IceRays welcome in the Texas Tornado once again to the American Bank Center for the 3rd series of the year, and 5th overall.  The IceRays have won only a single game against the Tornado and it was in Frisco, TX in a 4-2 contest back on November 9, 2012.  This will be the 9th meeting between the two teams as Corpus Christi maintains the 4th and final playoff spot in the South Division.  The Rays’ will need a big game between the pipes, along with solving Hunter Leisner who shined in the last series against Corpus Christi on December 28th & 29th.  With Wichita Falls taking the ice with Odessa this weekend, these two games are vital for the IceRays.

THE SERIES…Tonight’s game is the 9th meeting between the IceRays and Tornado this season.   
            – Season series: Texas leads 7-1

FIVE POINT NIGHT… Beau Walker had a huge impact on Saturday’s outcome picking up a point on every goal scored by the IceRays in the 5-4 win over Odessa.  Walker tallied one goal and four assists. 

2ND STAR… Beau Walker also was selected as they South Division 2nd star of the week by the North American Hockey League.

PLAYOFF RACE… Corpus Christi is now 11pts in front of Wichita Falls after this past weekend and remains in 4th place with 35pts.

STOLARZ TO THE OHL…Former IceRays goaltender and 2nd round NHL draft pick Anthony Stolarz has opted to leave the University of Nebraska-Omaha for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION…

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

Amarillo

34

26

4

4

56

.824

143

71

642

14-1-1

12-3-3

Texas

37

26

10

1

53

.716

142

95

748

13-6-1

13-4-0

Topeka

35

21

9

5

47

.671

107

79

794

10-6-3

11-3-2

Corpus Christi

34

15

14

5

35

.515

108

121

837

7-10-1

8-4-4

Wichita Falls

32

11

19

2

24

.375

88

118

534

5-8-1

6-11-1

Odessa

34

5

27

2

12

.176

66

156

654

1-14-1

4-13-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 2-2-0
TEXAS: 1-7-0
TOPEKA: 0-2-0
WICHITA FALLS: 1-1-2
ODESSA: 4-0-0
FAIRBANKS: 1-1-2
KENAI RIVER: 4-0-0

ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: Perry D’Arrisso – 17
ASSISTS: Perry D’Arrisso – 21
POINTS: Perry D’Arrisso – 38
PLUS/MINUS: Jalen Schulz, Wayland Williams, Grant Hutton – +5
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 92min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 116
WINS: Hayden Stewart – 7
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 3.18
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Hayden Stewart – .907

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…
            – Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – (6G, 1A) – 17GP
            – Frank Misuraca (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) – (2g, 4a) – 16GP
            – Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) – (3-6-0, 3.30GAA, .892%)
            – Mychal Monteith (Mercyhurst) – (0g, 2a) – 13GP
            – Colton Saucerman (Northeastern) – (1g, 4a) – 14GP

NCAA D-III…
           
– Greg Chapman (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 10GP
            – Luc Neitenbach (Worcester State) – (0g, 0a) – 6GP
            – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – (5g, 3a) – 14GP
            – Derrek Schartz (Tufts University) – (1g, 1a) – 7GP
            – Josh Obregon (Johnson & Wales U.) – (3g, 8a) – 14GP
            – Anton Olsson (Lawrence College) – (0-1, 6.00GAA, .838%)
            – Navarone Copley (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 9GP
            – Jonathan Sdao (Colby College) – (3g, 4a) – 12GP

USHL…
            Matthew Weis (Green Bay Gamblers) – (7g, 13a) – 27GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (2g, 5a) – 24GP
            – Travis Maxwell (Lincoln) – (1g, 4a) – 14GP
            Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (3g, 2a) – 10GP

QMJHL…
            – Phil Pietroniro (Shawinigan) – (3g, 4a) – 21GP

OHL…
            – Anthony Stolarz (London) – (0-0-0 / 0.00GAA / .000%)

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

TONIGHT vs. Texas Tornado
Frosty Friday – Half off 20oz domestic beer & 24oz soda!

Saturday, January 12th, @ 7:05PM vs. Texas Tornado
Caller Times 4-Pack Night – 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 soda’s for $44
Teen Night – Presented by WHATABURGER

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.