GAME PREVIEW #51: VS WICHITA FALLS WILDCATS

LEAGUE GAME #623
HOME GAME #25
TEAM GAME #51

WICHITA FALLS WILDCATS (22-26-3, 47pts, 5TH – South Division)

VS.

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

AmericanBank Center – Corpus Christi, TX

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013 – 7:05PM

  Referee: Walker Holton    Linesmen: William Kingdon & Eli Rivera

TONIGHT’S GAME … Corpus Christi welcomes in the Wichita Falls Wildcats for a pair of games that could very well determine the fate for both teams as they battle for the final playoff spot in the South Division.  The Wildcats come off a sweep of the Topeka Roadrunners while the IceRays took two of four from Amarillo.  The teams are separated by just three points.  Wichita Falls is backed by standout goaltender Evan Cowley, along with offensive prowess from Tyler Ledford who has 11pts in ten games and both George Pagonis and Eliot Grauer with 10pts in ten games.  Corpus Christi is still without Parry D’Arrisso who was injured the last time these two teams met. And hasn’t played since. 

HOME 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 7th meeting of 8 overall between the IceRays and Cats this season.   
            – IceRays record vs. WF: 1-2-3

ROMIG ROCKIN’… IceRays forward Emil Romig has four points in his last two games, including a hat trick last Tuesday night vs. Amarillo

TWO OF FOUR… Corpus Christi took two of four games from the NAHL leading Amarillo Bulls last week during their mid-week matchup. 

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 separated by 3pts seeking the final spot in the divisional round.

PLAYOFF RACE… Corpus Christi is at 50pts while Wichita Falls sits at 47pts 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

52

39

7

6

84

.808

211

103

1043

21-2-3

18-5-3

xTopeka

51

32

13

6

70

.686

158

123

1139

14-9-4

18-4-2

xTexas

51

32

18

1

65

.637

186

138

951

15-10-1

17-8-0

Corpus Christi

50

22

22

6

50

.500

150

166

1200

10-13-1

12-9-5

Wichita Falls

51

22

26

3

47

.461

158

176

787

11-13-2

11-13-1

Odessa

49

6

40

3

15

.153

99

242

1013

2-19-2

4-21-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 5-5-0
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 – 30
POINTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 49
PLUS/MINUS: Andrew Paras – +7
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 122min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 162
WINS: Ben Myers & Hayden Stewart – 10
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 2.89
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Hayden Stewart – .913

COMMITMENTS

2013-2014
Beau Walker – Wisconsin-Stevens Point (D3 – NCHA)
Dmitry Ermakov – Norwich University (D3 – ECAC East)
Mike Economos – Plymouth State University (D3 – MASCAC)

2014-2015
Matthew Weis – Ohio State University

ALUMNI REPORT
 

NCAA D-I…
            – Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – (6G, 3A) – 30GP
            – Frank Misuraca (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) – (2g, 4a) – 20GP
            – Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) – (7-13-1, 3.10GAA, .903%) – 21GP
            – Mychal Monteith (Mercyhurst) – (0g, 2a) – 20GP
            – Colton Saucerman (Northeastern) – (3g, 8a) – 29GP

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) – 8GP
            – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – (10g, 11a) – 27GP
            – Derrek Schartz (Tufts University) – (2g, 1a) – 16GP
            – Josh Obregon (Johnson & Wales U.) – (12g, 11a) – 27GP
            – 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) – 43GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (5g, 6a) – 41GP
            – Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 4a) – 24GP

QMJHL…
            – Phil Pietroniro (Shawinigan) – (5g, 4a) – 37GP

OHL…
            – Anthony Stolarz (London) – (11-2-1 / 2.14GAA / .927%) – 16GP

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

TONIGHT @ 7:05PM vs. Wichita Falls
Frosty Friday – Half off beer and soda!
Teen Night – Presented by Whataburger!

SATURDAY @ 7:05PM vs. Wichita Falls
Caller Times 4-Pack Night – 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 sodas for $44!
Grades 4 Blades  – Presented by Grande Communications & TAMUCC ROTC!

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.