GAME PREVIEW #47: @ AMARILLO BULLS

LEAGUE GAME #572
ROAD GAME #25
TEAM GAME #47

AMARILLO BULLS (35-5-6, 76pts, 1ST – South Division & NAHL)

VS.

CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS (20-20-6, 45pts, 4TH – South Division)

Amarillo Civic Center – Amarillo, TX

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2013 – 7:00 PM

  Referee: Walker Holton    Linesmen: William Kingdon & Justin Bell

TONIGHT’S GAME … Corpus Christi returns to action after a week off as they invade Amarillo to take on the NAHL leading Bulls.  This is the first of four straight games between these two teams in the next six days.  Amarillo has climbed to the top of the division and league standings going 8-1-1 in the last ten games including a sweep over the Texas Tornado.  However the IceRays have caused the Bulls problems all year going 3-3 on the year and are the only team yet to fall victim to an Amarillo sweep.  Serious playoff implications are on the line with Wichita Falls hosting Odessa this weekend.  Gage Christianson has 8pts in the last five games for Amarillo and Rudy Sulmonte has matched that for Corpus Christi.

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 of 12 overall between the IceRays and Bulls this season.   
            – Season series: Series tied 3-3

MONFILS SHINING… Newcomer Nick Monfils impressed during his first two games with the Rays’ scoring two goals and adding as assist in two games against Odessa.   

HUTTON RETURNS FROM INDY… Grant Hutton has returned to Corpus Christi and will be available against Amarillo after being summoned to play for the Indiana Ice in the.

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

SHAPING UP… The South Division playoffs have already been decided with the exception of 4th place.  Amarillo, Topeka, and Texas all have earned playoff berths while Corpus Christi and Wichita Falls are seeking the final spot in the divisional round.

PLAYOFF RACE… Corpus Christi sits 7pts in front of 5th place Wichita Falls for the final playoff spot in the South Division.

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION…
 

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

xAmarillo

46

35

5

6

76

.826

188

95

905

20-1-3

15-4-3

xTopeka

47

30

11

6

66

.702

146

110

1060

14-7-4

16-4-2

xTexas

49

32

16

1

65

.663

181

130

881

15-8-1

17-8-0

Corpus Christi

46

20

20

6

46

.500

143

156

1111

9-12-1

11-8-5

Wichita Falls

47

18

26

3

39

.415

141

169

735

9-13-2

9-13-1

Odessa

45

6

36

3

15

.167

95

220

961

2-17-2

4-19-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 3-3-0
TEXAS: 1-9-0
TOPEKA: 1-3-0
WICHITA FALLS: 1-2-3
ODESSA: 7-1-0
FAIRBANKS: 1-1-2
KENAI RIVER: 4-0-0

ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: Rudy Sulmonte – 21
ASSISTS: Emil Romig – 29
POINTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 47
PLUS/MINUS: Grant Hutton – +8
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 118min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 152
WINS: Hayden Stewart & Ben Myers – 9
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 2.93
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Ben Myers – .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…
            – Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – (6G, 3A) – 28GP
            – Frank Misuraca (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) – (2g, 4a) – 18GP
            – Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) – (7-12-1, 2.98GAA, .905%) – 20GP
            – Mychal Monteith (Mercyhurst) – (0g, 2a) – 20GP
            – Colton Saucerman (Northeastern) – (1g, 7a) – 25GP

NCAA D-III…
           
– Greg Chapman (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 1a) – 19GP
            – Luc Neitenbach (Worcester State) – (0g, 0a) – 14GP
            – Jake Diamond (Wentworth College) – (0g, 0a) – 5GP
            – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – (10g, 10a) – 25GP
            – Derrek Schartz (Tufts University) – (2g, 1a) – 16GP
            – Josh Obregon (Johnson & Wales U.) – (10g, 11a) – 25GP
            – Anton Olsson (Lawrence College) – (0-1, 6.00GAA, .838%)
            – Navarone Copley (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 9GP
            – Jonathan Sdao (Colby College) – (4g, 4a) – 22GP

USHL…
            Matthew Weis (Green Bay Gamblers) – (9g, 19a) – 38GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (4g, 6a) – 36GP
            – Travis Maxwell (Lincoln) – (1g, 4a) – 24GP
            Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 3a) – 21GP

QMJHL…
            – Phil Pietroniro (Shawinigan) – (5g, 4a) – 35GP

OHL…
            – Anthony Stolarz (London) – (6-2-1 / 2.13GAA / .929%) – 11GP

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

Tuesday, February 26th @ 7:05PM vs. Amarillo Bulls
FREE SODA – Buy a pretzel, get a FREE soda!

Wednesday, February 27th @ 10:00AM vs. Amarillo Bulls
Dollar Day – $1 hotdogs and soda!
Anti-smoking Campaign – The IceRays team up with MD Anderson to educate thousands of students on the dangers of smoking!

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