GAME PREVIEW #55: @ ODESSA JACKALOPES

LEAGUE GAME #669
ROAD GAME #29
TEAM GAME #55

ODESSA JACKALOPES (6-45-3, 15pts, 6TH – South Division)

VS.

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

Ector County Coliseum – Odessa, TX

TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013 – 7:05PM

Referee: Terrance Murphy    Linesmen: Jake Brenk & Justin Bell

TONIGHT’S GAME … Corpus Christi invades the Ector County Coliseum for a two game mid-week series with the Odessa Jackalopes beginning tonight at 7:05PM.  Although the Jackalopes only come into tonight with six wins, they can alter the race for the final playoff spot in the South Division.   The IceRays come into this week fresh off a split with the Texas Tornado that put the Rays’ back into fourth place in the South while the Jackalopes pushed Topeka to the limit in a 4-3 loss last Saturday night.  Last time the IceRays were on Odessa, the Jacks’ took the first game of the series en route to a split.  Anthony Olguin has been on as of late for Odessa picking up 4pts in the last five games while Brandon Smith has emerged with 5pts in the past four games.  With a win, the IceRays can pull out to a 4pt lead in the division with just five games remaining in the season. 

TONIGHT’S BROADCASTS… Listen LIVE tonight beginning at 6:50PM on 91.1FM KSGR, ustream.com, ksgr.org.  Puck drops at 7:05PM.  Video is available on fasthockey.com for a small cost.

THE SERIES… Tonight’s game is the 9th of 12 meetings between the IceRays and Jackalopes this season.   
            – IceRays record vs. ODE: 7-1-0

HONORABLE MENTION… Mike Economos and Beau Walker earned honorable mentions for this week’s NAHL Divisional Stars of the Week! 

TAKING BACK FOURTH… With the split against Texas, the IceRays took back 4th place by two points in the South Division with just six games remaining.

STAYED BACK… Caleb O’Brien and Trevor Heuser stayed back in Corpus Christi due to injuries. 

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

56

42

7

7

91

.813

229

108

1204

24-2-4

18-5-3

xTopeka

55

35

14

6

76

.691

173

135

1300

14-9-4

21-5-2

xTexas

55

35

19

1

71

.645

207

147

1052

16-11-1

19-8-0

Corpus Christi

54

24

24

6

54

.500

160

180

1247

11-14-1

13-10-5

Wichita Falls

56

24

28

4

52

.464

169

193

871

11-13-2

13-15-2

Odessa

54

6

45

3

15

.139

109

270

1142

2-24-2

4-21-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 5-5-0
TEXAS: 2-10-0
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 – 32
POINTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 52
PLUS/MINUS: Grant Hutton – +6
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 124min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 174
WINS: Ben Myers & Hayden Stewart – 11
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 2.91
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Ben Myers – .914

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, 21a) – 48GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (5g, 6a) – 43GP
            – Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 6a) – 28GP

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

OHL…
            – Anthony Stolarz (London) – (13-3-2 / 2.29GAA / .920%) – 20GP

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

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.