GAME PREVIEW #45: vs. ODESSA JACKALOPES

LEAGUE GAME #524
HOME GAME #21
TEAM GAME #45

ODESSA JACKALOPES (6-34-3, 15pts, 6TH – South Division)

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CORPUSCHRISTIICERAYS (18-20-6, 42pts, 4TH – South Division)

AmericanBank Center – Corpus Christi, TX

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2013 – 7:05 PM

  Referee:Peter Schlittenhardt    Linesmen:Alex Black & William Kingdon

TONIGHT’S GAME …Corpus Christi returns home after an eight game road trip where the IceRays went 3-4-1 with wins over Amarillo and Topeka.  Tonight, the Odessa Jackalopes come to town for the second series this season a day after trading away Lawrence Cornellier to Fairbanks in exchange for tenders and draft picks.  Corpus Christi enters tonight coming off a weekend split in Topeka that kept the Rays’ three point ahead of Wichita Falls who hosts Amarillo this upcoming weekend. 

BROADCAST…Listen LIVE on ustream.com, sportsjuice.com, and the TuneIn Radio APP.  Video is available on fasthockey.com for a small cost.

THE SERIES…Tonight’s game is the 7th meeting between the IceRays and Jackalopes this season.   
            – Season series: IceRays lead 5-1

ALASKA TO TEXAS…Corpus Christi acquired forward Ryan McNeely from Fairbanks last week.  He scored in his first game with the IceRays in last Friday’s 3-2 shootout win over Topeka.   

CORNELLIER TO FAIRBANKS…  Odessa captain and leading scorer Lawrence Cornellier was traded to the Fairbanks IceDogs in exchange for tenders and draft picks.  Fairbanks will make the 2012-13 NAHL Playoffs in the West Division.

PERFECT…  Charles Baldwin scored in his second straight shootout last Friday in Topeka using an almost identical move that he pulled in Amarillo when the IceRays took out the Bulls. 

KEY INJURIES… The IceRays remain without Perry D’Arrisso and Trevor Heuser for tonight’s game.   

NEW FACE…  Corpus Christi added forward Nick Monfils to the roster this weekend.  In 23 games played, Monfils scored 41 goals and added 35 assists with the Oshkosh Ice Hawks of Wisconsin Prep Hockey.

PLAYOFF RACE…With a Wichita Falls three game sweep last weekend over Odessa and a Corpus Christi split in Topeka, the Rays’ are now 3pts in front of the Wildcats.

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION…

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

Amarillo

42

31

5

6

68

.810

171

87

854

18-1-3

13-4-3

Texas

45

32

12

1

65

.722

172

114

829

15-6-1

17-6-0

Topeka

43

26

11

6

58

.674

129

100

1032

14-7-4

12-4-2

Corpus Christi

44

18

20

6

42

.477

133

151

1038

7-12-1

11-8-5

Wichita Falls

43

18

22

3

39

.453

132

151

664

9-9-2

9-13-1

Odessa

43

6

34

3

15

.174

90

210

867

2-17-2

4-17-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 3-3-0
TEXAS: 1-9-0
TOPEKA: 1-3-0
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 – 44
PLUS/MINUS: Grant Hutton – +8
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 113min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 143
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) – 25GP
            – Frank Misuraca (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) – (2g, 4a) – 16GP
            – Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) – (5-9-1, 2.80GAA, .911%) – 15GP
            – 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) – 12GP
            – Jake Diamond (Wentworth College) – (0g, 0a) – 4GP
            – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – (9g, 7a) – 19GP
            – Derrek Schartz (Tufts University) – (2g, 1a) – 14GP
            – Josh Obregon (Johnson & Wales U.) – (7g, 10a) – 21GP
            – Anton Olsson (Lawrence College) – (0-1, 6.00GAA, .838%)
            – Navarone Copley (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 9GP
            – Jonathan Sdao (Colby College) – (3g, 4a) – 18GP

USHL…
            Matthew Weis (Green Bay Gamblers) – (8g, 15a) – 34GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (2g, 5a) – 31GP
            – Travis Maxwell (Lincoln) – (1g, 4a) – 24GP
            Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 2a) – 17GP

QMJHL…
            – Phil Pietroniro (Shawinigan) – (4g, 4a) – 28GP

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
Pres. by Coastal Community & Teachers Credit Union

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’ home games will air on ustream.com, sportsjuice.com, the TuneIn Radio APP, along with the voice of the Rays, Rob Lippolis.  In addition, all games will be available through the league’s video website, www.fasthockey.com.