GAME PREVIEW #54: @ TEXAS TORNADO

LEAGUE GAME #656
ROAD GAME #28
TEAM GAME #54

TEXAS TORNADO (34-19-1, 69pts, 3RD – South Division)

VS.

CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS (24-23-6, 54pts, 4TH – South Division)

Dr Pepper Arena – Frisco, TX

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013 – 7:30PM

Referee: Lucas Martin    Linesmen: Ravjit Chhabra & Justin Bell

TONIGHT’S GAME … For only the second time all year the Corpus Christi IceRays defeated the Texas Tornado and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  Heading into last night the Rays’ were in 5th place and outside of the playoffs looking in.  By hanging onto a gutsy 3-2 road win, they now are two points ahead of Wichita Falls for that final playoff spot in the South.  The power-play clicked in the third period as Mike Economos tallied two goals while on the man advantage.  Hayden Stewart denied 35 of 37 chances for his 11th win of the year.  Texas mounted a comeback with just 6:50 left in the game as Max Shuart picked up two goals but could not force overtime after a late barrage was pushed away by the IceRays. 

TONIGHT’S BROADCASTS… Listen LIVE tonight beginning at 7:15PM on 91.1FM KSGR, ustream.com, ksgr.org.  Video is available on fasthockey.com for a small cost.

THE SERIES… Tonight’s game is the 12th and final meeting between the IceRays and Tornado this season.   
            – IceRays record vs. TEX: 2-9-0

ECO STRIKES TWICE… Mike Economos picked up the game tying and game winning goals in the final period, both on the power-play as the IceRays held off Texas 3-2 on Thursday night.

TAKING BACK FOURTH… With the win last night, the IceRays took back 4th place by two points in the South Division with just seven games remaining.

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

PLAYOFF RACE… Corpus Christi is now 2pts ahead of 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

yAmarillo

54

40

7

7

87

.806

218

106

1138

22-2-4

18-5-3

xTopeka

53

33

14

6

72

.679

161

130

1251

14-9-4

19-5-2

xTexas

54

34

19

1

69

.639

201

146

1032

15-11-1

19-8-0

Corpus Christi

53

24

23

6

54

.509

159

174

1239

11-14-1

13-9-5

Wichita Falls

54

24

26

4

52

.481

167

182

825

11-13-2

13-13-2

Odessa

52

6

43

3

15

.144

104

258

1065

2-22-2

4-21-1

 

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 5-5-0
TEXAS: 2-9-0
TOPEKA: 1-3-0
WICHITA FALLS: 2-3-3
ODESSA: 7-1-0
FAIRBANKS: 1-1-2
KENAI RIVER: 4-0-0

ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: Rudy Sulmonte – 22
ASSISTS: Emil Romig – 31
POINTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 51
PLUS/MINUS: Andrew Paras – +7
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 122min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 173
WINS: Ben Myers & Hayden Stewart – 11
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 2.93
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Hayden Stewart – .917

COMMITMENTS

2013-2014
Beau Walker – Wisconsin-Stevens Point (D3 – NCHA)
Dmitry Ermakov – Norwich University (D3 – ECAC East)
Mike Economos – Plymouth State University (D3 – MASCAC)
Zachary Lindsay – UMass Boston (D3 – ECAC East)
Ian McGilvrey – 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) – (7-14-1, 3.19GAA, .899%) – 22GP
            – Mychal Monteith (Mercyhurst) – (0g, 2a) – 20GP
            – Colton Saucerman (Northeastern) – (3g, 8a) – 31GP

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, 20a) – 46GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (5g, 6a) – 42GP
            – Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 6a) – 26GP

QMJHL…
            – Phil Pietroniro (Shawinigan) – (6g, 5a) – 40GP

OHL…
            – Anthony Stolarz (London) – (11-3-2 / 2.31GAA / .920%) – 19GP

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

Saturday, March 16th 12:00PM – 2:00PM
USO STREET HOCKEY CHALLENGE – Presented by CPL Retail Energy & the Corpus Christi IceRays
GET FREE TICKET – Bring THREE dry goods items to the event and get a FREE ticket to the March 29th game!

Saturday, March 23rd vs. Amarillo Bulls @ 7:05PM
FAITH & FAMILY NIGHT – presented by 91.1FM KSGR.
CALLER TIMES 4-PACK NIGHT – 4 TIX, 4 HOTDOGS, 4 SODAS FOR $44

Sunday, March 24th vs. Amarillo Bulls @ 3:05PM
SUNDAY FUNDAY – HALF OFF BEER & SODA

LISTEN TO THE RAYS… All IceRays’ away games will air LIVE on 91.1FM KSGR, ustream.com, ksgr.org with the voice of the Rays, Rob Lippolis.  In addition, all games will be available through the league’s video website, www.fasthockey.com.