GAME PREVIEW #58: vs. AMARILLO BULLS

LEAGUE GAME #675
HOME GAME #28
TEAM GAME #58

AMARILLO BULLS (43-7-7, 93pts, 1ST – South Division & NAHL)

VS.

CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS (26-25-6, 58pts, 4TH – South Division)

American Bank Center – Corpus Christi, TX

SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013 – 3:05PM

Referee:  Sean MacFarlane    Linesmen: Alex Black & Kevin Madden

TONIGHT’S GAME … Corpus Christi had the opportunity to clinch a playoff spot last night with a regulation win and a Wildcat loss.  Things didn’t pan out the way the IceRays had hoped and now with a win today, Corpus Christi can force Wichita Falls to pick up a sweep next weekend if they want a chance to make the post-season.  The IceRays were outshot in the first period last night 20-7 and trailed 2-0 after 20min.  In the end Carter Penzien notched the game winning goal 3:23 into the second period as the Bulls clinched the best record in the NAHL.    

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 12th and final meeting between the IceRays and Bulls this season.   
            – IceRays record vs. AMA: 5-6-0

CLINCHED THE LEAGUE… With last night’s 4-2 win, the Amarillo Bulls clinched the top spot in the North American Hockey League.

FOUR IN A ROW… Brandon Smith extended his point streak to four games last night with an assist on Rudy Sulmonte’s power-play goal in the second period.

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION…

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

zAmarillo

57

43

7

7

93

.816

233

110

1214

24-2-4

19-5-3

xTopeka

57

36

14

7

79

.693

180

142

1315

15-9-5

21-5-2

xTexas

57

36

19

2

74

.649

214

154

1081

16-11-1

20-8-1

Corpus Christi

57

26

25

6

58

.509

175

188

1320

11-15-1

15-10-5

Wichita Falls

58

26

28

4

56

.483

180

194

913

13-13-2

13-15-2

Odessa

58

6

49

3

15

.129

114

294

1216

2-26-2

4-23-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 5-6-0
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 – 24
ASSISTS: Emil Romig – 34
POINTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 57
PLUS/MINUS: Grant Hutton – +12
PENALTY MINUTES: Brandon Berkley – 132min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 182
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, 23a) – 50GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (5g, 6a) – 45GP
            – Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 7a) – 30GP

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

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

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

TODAY, March 24th vs. Amarillo Bulls @ 3:05PM
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Friday, March 29th vs. Odessa Jackalopes @ 7:05PM
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LISTEN TO THE RAYS… All IceRays’ home games will air LIVE on sportsjuice.com, ustream.com, and the TuneIn Radio APP with the voice of the Rays, Rob Lippolis.  In addition, all games will be available through the league’s video website, www.fasthockey.com.