GAME PREVIEW #43: @ TOPEKA ROADRUNNERS

LEAGUE GAME #519
ROAD GAME #24
TEAM GAME #44

TOPEKA ROADRUNNERS (25-11-3, 56pts, 3RD – South Division)

VS.

CORPUSCHRISTIICERAYS (18-19-6, 42pts, 4TH – South Division)

Kansas ExpoCentre – Topeka, KS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2013 – 7:05 PM

  Referee:Aaron Barlow    Linesmen:William Lyons & Vincent Herbert

TONIGHT’S GAME …Last night the IceRays ended the three year winless drought against Topeka with a 3-2 shootout victory.  Beau Walker and Ryan McNeely were the goal scorers in regulation for Corpus Christi.  In a shootout, Walker and Charles Baldwin converted while Hayden Stewart stopped all four attempts he faced.  In his last three games, Walker has four goals and rides a six game point scoring streak.

BROADCAST…Listen LIVE on 91.1FM, ustream.com, and ksgr.org.  Video is available on fasthockey.com for a small cost.

THE SERIES…Tonight’s game is the 4th and final meeting between the IceRays and Roadrunners this season.   
            – Season series: RoadRunners lead 2-1

ALASKA TO TEXAS…Corpus Christi acquired forward Ryan McNeely from Fairbanks this past week.  He will suit up tonight in Topeka.  

FIRST IMPRESSION…  Ryan McNeely made a good first impression scoring his first goal in his first game with the IceRays.  His tally gave Corpus Christi a 2-1 lead in the third period last night.

TWICE IS NICE…  Charles Baldwin scored in his second straight shootout last night using an almost identical move that he pulled in Amarillo.

KEY INJURIES… The IceRays come into Topeka without Perry D’Arrisso and Trevor Heuser who did not make the trip.  

STONG POWER-PLAY…Topeka and Corpus Christi enter tonight with a combined top five power-plays in the NAHL.. The IceRays are ranked 3rd while the Runners’ are 5th.

PLAYOFF RACE…With a Wichita Falls win last night in Odessa and a Corpus Christi shootout victory over Topeka, the Rays’ are still 5pts in front of Wichita Falls.

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION…

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

Amarillo

41

30

5

6

66

.805

169

86

836

17-1-3

13-4-3

Texas

44

32

11

1

65

.739

171

112

813

15-6-1

17-5-0

Topeka

42

25

11

6

56

.667

126

99

1008

13-7-4

12-4-2

Corpus Christi

43

18

19

6

42

.488

132

148

1012

7-12-1

11-7-5

Wichita Falls

42

17

22

3

37

.440

128

148

658

9-9-2

8-13-1

Odessa

42

6

34

2

14

.167

87

206

846

2-17-1

4-17-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 3-3-0
TEXAS: 1-9-0
TOPEKA: 1-2-0
WICHITA FALLS: 1-2-3
ODESSA: 5-1-0
FAIRBANKS: 1-1-2
KENAI RIVER: 4-0-0

ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: Rudy Sulmonte – 19
ASSISTS: Emil Romig – 27
POINTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 43
PLUS/MINUS: Grant Hutton – +8
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 113min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 142
WINS: Ben Myers & Hayden Stewart– 8
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 2.99
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Ben Myers – .912

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, 3A) – 24GP
            – Frank Misuraca (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) – (2g, 4a) – 16GP
            – Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) – (4-9-1, 2.95GAA, .906%) – 14GP
            – Mychal Monteith (Mercyhurst) – (0g, 2a) – 19GP
            – Colton Saucerman (Northeastern) – (1g, 6a) – 20GP

NCAA D-III…
           
– Greg Chapman (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 1a) – 16GP
            – Luc Neitenbach (Worcester State) – (0g, 0a) – 11GP
            – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – (9g, 5a) – 20GP
            – Jake Diamond (Wentworth College) – (0g, 0a) – 4GP
            – Derrek Schartz (Tufts University) – (2g, 1a) – 14GP
            – Josh Obregon (Johnson & Wales U.) – (7g, 9a) – 20GP
            – Anton Olsson (Lawrence College) – (0-1, 6.00GAA, .838%)
            – Navarone Copley (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 9GP
            – Jonathan Sdao (Colby College) – (3g, 4a) – 17GP

USHL…
            Matthew Weis (Green Bay Gamblers) – (8g, 15a) – 33GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (2g, 5a) – 30GP
            – Travis Maxwell (Lincoln) – (1g, 4a) – 23GP
            Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 2a) – 16GP

QMJHL…
            – Phil Pietroniro (Shawinigan) – (4g, 4a) – 27GP

OHL…
            – Anthony Stolarz (London) – (4-0-0 / 1.84GAA / .937%) – 6GP

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

Wednesday, February 6th @ 7:05PM vs. Odessa Jackalopes
Dollar Night – $1 Hotdogs & $1 Soda!
Teacher Appreciation Night!

Friday, February 7th @ 7:05PM vs. Odessa Jackalopes
Frosty Friday – Half off 20oz beer & 24oz Soda!
Pink The Rink Night – Presented by Radiology & Imaging, CC Disposal,
                                                Western Steel, & Cash Flow Experts
            – Exhibition Game: Ex-IceRays vs. CC Firefighters
            – First 1,000 fans get FREE pink IceRays Jersey!
            – Jersey Auction following the game!

LISTEN TO THE RAYS… All IceRays’ away games will air on 91.1FM KSGR and KSGR.org, along with 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.