GAME PREVIEW #43: @ TOPEKA ROADRUNNERS

LEAGUE GAME #508
ROAD GAME #23
TEAM GAME #43

TOPEKA ROADRUNNERS (25-11-2, 55pts, 3RD – South Division)

VS.

CORPUSCHRISTIICERAYS (17-19-6, 40pts, 4TH – South Division)

Kansas ExpoCentre – Topeka, KS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2013 – 7:05 PM

  Referee:Peter Schlittenhardt    Linesmen:Jeremy Seidling & Vincent Herbert

TONIGHT’S GAME …Corpus Christi takes the ice in Topeka for the first and only time this season as they seek the first win all-time against the RoadRunners.  In 12 games played against the Runners’ since joining the NAHL, the Rays’ are 0-11-1 with the only point coming in an overtime loss last season to Topeka.  Both squads will be without players tonight due to injury or suspension.  Corpus Christi is missing Trevor Heuser and Perry D’Arrisso for both games this weekend, while the RoadRunners are missing Kevin Patterson and Tyler Poulson.  Coming into tonight, the Rays’ split with Odessa last weekend while Topeka split with Amarillo and has won three of the last four games. 

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 3rd meeting between the IceRays and Roadrunners this season.   
            – Season series: RoadRunners lead 2-0

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

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, Corpus Christi is now 5pts in front of Wichita Falls.

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION…

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

Texas

43

32

10

1

65

.756

170

107

798

15-6-1

17-4-0

Amarillo

40

29

5

6

64

.800

164

85

811

16-1-3

13-4-3

Topeka

41

25

11

5

55

.671

124

96

989

13-7-3

12-4-2

Corpus Christi

42

17

19

6

40

.476

129

146

985

7-12-1

10-7-5

Wichita Falls

41

16

22

3

35

.427

123

144

652

9-9-2

7-13-1

Odessa

41

6

33

2

14

.171

83

201

830

2-16-1

4-17-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 3-3-0
TEXAS: 1-9-0
TOPEKA: 0-2-0
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 – 42
PLUS/MINUS: Grant Hutton – +6
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 111min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 142
WINS: Ben Myers – 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) – 23GP
            – Frank Misuraca (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) – (2g, 4a) – 16GP
            – Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) – (4-8-1, 2.86GAA, .909%) – 13GP
            – Mychal Monteith (Mercyhurst) – (0g, 2a) – 19GP
            – Colton Saucerman (Northeastern) – (1g, 5a) – 19GP

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
            – 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) – 16GP

USHL…
            Matthew Weis (Green Bay Gamblers) – (8g, 14a) – 32GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (2g, 5a) – 30GP
            – Travis Maxwell (Lincoln) – (1g, 4a) – 22GP
            Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 2a) – 15GP

QMJHL…
            – Phil Pietroniro (Shawinigan) – (4g, 4a) – 26GP

OHL…
            – Anthony Stolarz (London) – (3-0-0 / 2.30GAA / .919%) – 5GP

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.