GAME PREVIEW #48: @ AMARILLO BULLS

LEAGUE GAME #583
ROAD GAME #26
TEAM GAME #48

AMARILLO BULLS (36-5-6, 78pts, 1ST – South Division & NAHL)

VS.

CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS (20-21-6, 45pts, 4TH – South Division)

Amarillo Civic Center – Amarillo, TX

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2013 – 7:00 PM

  Referee: Jake Brenk    Linesmen: Alex Black & Kevin Madden

TONIGHT’S GAME … Corpus Christi looks to avoid a sweep tonight against the Amarillo Bulls, who have yet to win a series against the IceRays all season.  Last night Corpus Christi could not find any scoring as the Bulls picked up a 3-0 shutout victory.  Hayden Stewart was the only bring spot stopping 36 of the 39 shots faced on the evening.  Wichita Falls defeated Odessa last night and pulled to within just 5pts of the final playoff spot in the South Division. 

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

THE SERIES… Tonight’s game is the 8th meeting of 12 overall between the IceRays and Bulls this season.   
            – Season series: Amarillo leads 4-3

SMITH HURT… Brandon Smith took an elbow to the face last night in the loss to Amarillo that went uncalled and missed most of the third period. 

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 now sits just 5pts 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

47

36

5

6

78

.830

191

95

920

21-1-3

15-4-3

xTopeka

48

31

11

6

68

.708

150

113

1071

14-7-4

17-4-2

xTexas

50

32

17

1

65

.650

184

134

898

15-9-1

17-8-0

Corpus Christi

47

20

21

6

46

.489

143

159

1122

9-12-1

11-9-5

Wichita Falls

48

19

26

3

41

.427

145

171

751

10-13-2

9-13-1

Odessa

46

6

37

3

15

.163

97

224

971

2-17-2

4-20-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 3-4-0
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: Andrew Paras – +6
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 120min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 155
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) – 26GP

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) – 39GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (4g, 6a) – 37GP
            – Travis Maxwell (Lincoln) – (1g, 4a) – 24GP
            Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 3a) – 21GP

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

OHL…
            – Anthony Stolarz (London) – (7-2-1 / 2.20GAA / .927%) – 12GP

 

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.