GAME PREVIEW #57: vs. AMARILLO BULLS

LEAGUE GAME #686
HOME GAME #27
TEAM GAME #57

AMARILLO BULLS (42-7-7, 91pts, 1ST – South Division & NAHL)

VS.

CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS (26-24-6, 58pts, 4TH – South Division)

American Bank Center – Corpus Christi, TX

SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2013 – 7:05PM

Referee:  Sean MacFarlane    Linesmen: Alex Black & Kevin Madden

TONIGHT’S GAME … The Corpus Christi IceRays welcome in division rival Amarillo tonight and tomorrow afternoon.  With a Wichita Falls win last night over Odessa, the Rays’ are now inly 4pts ahead with four games remaining.  The Bulls have already clinched the division crown in the regular season for the second year in a row and look to try and solve the IceRays who have caused them problems all season long.  The IceRays are coming off a sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes while Amarillo is fresh off a sweep of their own over Wichita Falls.  The playoff picture can be solved tonight in Corpus Christi!   

PLAYOFF SCENARIO… Here is how the IceRays can clinch a playoff spot tonight vs. Amarillo
            – IceRays regulation win & Wildcat regulation loss.
            – IceRays overtime/shootout loss & Wildcat regulation loss.
            – IceRays regulation/overtime/shootout win & Wildcat overtime/shootout loss

TONIGHT’S BROADCASTS… Listen LIVE tonight beginning at 6:50PM on sportsjuice.com, ustream.com, and the TuneIn Radio APP.  Puck drops at 7:05PM.  Video is available on fasthockey.com for a small cost.

THE SERIES… Tonight’s game is the 11th of 12 meetings between the IceRays and Bulls this season.   
            – IceRays record vs. AMA: 5-5-0

BIG RETURN… IceRays (F) Perry D’Arrisso returned to the lineup for the first time in 17 games and recorded a goal and assist in the 5-3 win over Odessa on Wednesday.

TWO IN A ROW… IceRays (D) Grant Hutton picked up his second goal in as many games including the game winner on Wednesday as the IceRays swept Odessa. 

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

56

36

14

6

78

.696

176

137

1304

15-9-4

21-5-2

xTexas

56

35

19

2

72

.643

209

150

1056

16-11-1

19-8-1

Corpus Christi

56

26

24

6

58

.518

173

184

1298

11-14-1

15-10-5

Wichita Falls

57

25

28

4

54

.474

176

194

897

12-13-2

13-15-2

Odessa

57

6

48

3

15

.132

114

290

1200

2-26-2

4-22-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 5-5-0
TEXAS: 2-10-0
TOPEKA: 1-3-0
WICHITA FALLS: 2-3-3
ODESSA: 9-1-0
FAIRBANKS: 1-1-2
KENAI RIVER: 4-0-0

ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: Rudy Sulmonte – 23
ASSISTS: Emil Romig – 34
POINTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 56
PLUS/MINUS: Grant Hutton – +12
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 126min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 180
WINS: Ben Myers & Hayden Stewart – 12
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 2.82
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Ben Myers – .915

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
Tommaso Bucci – Mercyhurst

ALUMNI REPORT

NCAA D-I…
            – Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – (6G, 3A) – 33GP
            – Frank Misuraca (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) – (2g, 4a) – 20GP
            – Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) – (8-15-1, 3.22GAA, .900%) – 24GP
            – 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) – (11g, 21a) – 49GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (5g, 6a) – 44GP
            – Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 7a) – 29GP

QMJHL…
            – Phil Pietroniro (Shawinigan) – (6g, 5a) – 41GP

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

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

TONIGHT
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

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