GAME PREVIEW #49: vs. AMARILLO BULLS

LEAGUE GAME #594
HOME GAME #23
TEAM GAME #49

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

VS.

CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS (21-21-6, 47pts, 4TH – South Division)

AmericanBank Center – Corpus Christi, TX

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 – 7:00 PM

  Referee: Jake Brenk    Linesmen: William Kingdon & Kevin Madden

TONIGHT’S GAME … Corpus Christi and Amarillo take to the ice again tonight, this time in South Texas for the third game in a row.  On Saturday, Amarillo was handed their third loss at home by the IceRays and fourth overall on the season.  Ben Myers stopped 29 of 30 shots in the win while Brandon Berkley and Eric Purcell provided the only two goals that Corpus Christi needed for the win.  More importantly, the Rays’ maintained a 5pt lead over Wichita Falls who swept Odessa again.  The IceRays look to make it two in a row tonight against Amarillo, while the Bulls look to get back into the win column in the only NAHL game of the evening.

AWAY BROADCASTS… Listen LIVE on sportsjuice.com, the TuneIn Radio APP, 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: Series tied 4-4

DEADLY DUO… TJ Sarcona and Tyler Deresky have a combined 20pts against the IceRays this season in only eight games played.

STREAK HALTED… Corpus Christi ended Amarillo’s eight game winning streak on Saturday night with a 2-1 victory.

BEEN AWHILE… This is the first time Amarillo will play in Corpus Christi since October 21st when the Bulls won 9-3.

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 remains 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

48

36

6

6

78

.813

192

97

980

21-2-3

15-4-3

xTopeka

49

32

11

6

70

.714

154

115

1120

14-7-4

18-4-2

xTexas

51

32

18

1

65

.637

186

138

951

15-10-1

17-8-0

Corpus Christi

48

21

21

6

48

.500

145

160

1154

9-12-1

12-9-5

Wichita Falls

49

20

26

3

43

.439

150

172

764

11-13-2

9-13-1

Odessa

47

6

38

3

15

.160

98

229

984

2-17-2

4-21-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 4-4-0
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 & Wayland Williams – +6
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 120min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 156
WINS: Ben Myers – 10
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 2.83
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Ben Myers – .914

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) – 29GP
            – 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) – 27GP

NCAA D-III…
           
– Greg Chapman (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 1a) – 19GP
            – Luc Neitenbach (Worcester State) – (0g, 0a) – 15GP
            – 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.) – (11g, 11a) – 26GP
            – Anton Olsson (Lawrence College) – (0-1, 6.00GAA, .838%)
            – Navarone Copley (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 9GP
            – Jonathan Sdao (Colby College) – (4g, 4a) – 23GP

USHL…
            Matthew Weis (Green Bay Gamblers) – (10g, 19a) – 41GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (5g, 6a) – 38GP
            – Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 4a) – 22GP

QMJHL…
            – Phil Pietroniro (Shawinigan) – (5g, 4a) – 36GP

OHL…
            – Anthony Stolarz (London) – (8-2-1 / 2.18GAA / .927%) – 13GP

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

TONIGHT @ 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’ home games will air on sportsjuice.com, the TuneIn Radio APP, 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.