GAME PREVIEW #50: VS. AMARILLO BULLS

LEAGUE GAME #595
HOME GAME #24
TEAM GAME #50

AMARILLO BULLS (36-7-6, 78pts, 1ST – South Division & NAHL)

VS.

CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS (22-21-6, 50pts, 4TH – South Division)

AmericanBank Center – Corpus Christi, TX

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013 – 10AM

  Referee: Andrew Howard    Linesmen: William Kingdon & Kevin Madden

THIS MORNING’S GAME … It is a quick turnaround from last night, to this morning when the IceRays gave Amarillo their second straight loss in regulation with a 4-1 loss.  Emil Romig recorded a hat-trick whole Hayden Stewart was near perfect in net putting aside 50 of 51 shots he faced.  The lone Bulls offense came from Matt Sieckhaus in the second period.  To finish the second, Corpus Christi killed most of a 5-on-3 penalty off.  This morning, the Rays’ seek their first sweep over the Bulls after pulling away from Wichita Falls last night.

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 9th meeting of 12 overall between the IceRays and Bulls this season.   
            – Season series: IceRays lead 5-4

ROMIG ROCKIN’… IceRays forward Emil Romig scored one goal in the second period and added two in the third including a short-handed tally, along with an empty netter en route to a hat-trick. 

RARE LOSING STREAK… Corpus Christi handed Amarillo a rare losing streak last night.  It is the first time all year the Bulls have lost two straight in regulation. 

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 is now 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

49

36

7

6

78

.796

193

101

1008

21-2-3

15-5-3

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

49

22

21

6

50

.510

149

161

1174

10-12-1

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: 5-4-0
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 – 49
PLUS/MINUS: Andrew Paras – +8
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 122min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 160
WINS: Ben Myers & Hayden Stewart – 10
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 2.83
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Hayden Stewart – .915

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:

TODAY @ 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.