GAME PREVIEW #60: VS. ODESSA JACKALOPES

LEAGUE GAME #720
HOME GAME #30
TEAM GAME #60

ODESSA JACKALOPES (6-50-3, 15pts, 6TH – South Division)

VS.

CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS (27-26-6, 60pts, 4TH – South Division)

American Bank Center – Corpus Christi, TX

SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2013 – 7:05PM

Referee:  Anthony Falette Linesmen:  William Kingdon & John Kiriakos

TONIGHT’S GAME … For the first time since joining the NAHL the Corpus Christi IceRays will take the ice in the playoffs after a 7-5 win over Odessa combined with a Wichita Falls loss to Topeka.  It is the 7th time in team history and the first time since joining the North American Hockey League in 2010-2011.  Last night, Brandon Smith extended his streak to six games picking up a point in each.  Rudy Sulmonte notched his 12th point in just six games with a goal and three assists in the clinching victory.  Corpus Christi will take on Amarillo in a five game series beginning next weekend.

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 Jackalopes this season.   
            – IceRays record vs. ODE: 10-1-0

PLAYOFF DATES VS. AMARILLO…
     – Game 1 – Friday, April 5th @ Amarillo (Amarillo Civic Center)
     – Game 2 – Saturday, April 6th @ Amarillo (Amarillo Civic Center)
     – Game 3 – Tuesday, April 9th vs. Amarillo (American Bank Center)
     – Game 4 – Wednesday, April 10th vs. Amarillo* (American Bank Center)
     – Game 5 – Saturday, April 13th @ Amarillo* (Amarillo Civic Center)
                                                    (* IF NECESSARY)

 

TWELVE IN FIVE… Rudy Sulmonte has 12pts in five games for the IceRays who have gone 3-2-0 in that span.

BACK IN 60 SECONDS… The Odessa Jackalopes tallied three goals in 60 seconds on the same power-play to pull within a goal late in regulation last night against Corpus Christi, who held on to win 7-5.

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION…

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

zAmarillo

59

45

7

7

97

.822

243

115

1250

24-2-4

21-5-3

xTopeka

59

38

14

7

83

.703

186

144

1337

16-9-5

22-5-2

xTexas

59

36

21

2

74

.627

216

163

1111

16-12-1

20-9-1

xCorpus Christi

59

27

26

6

60

.508

186

198

1383

12-16-1

15-10-5

Wichita Falls

59

26

29

4

56

.475

181

196

929

13-14-2

13-15-2

Odessa

59

6

50

3

15

.127

119

301

1259

2-26-2

4-24-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S VS. NAHL:
AMARILLO: 5-7-0
TEXAS: 2-10-0
TOPEKA: 1-3-0
WICHITA FALLS: 2-3-3
ODESSA: 10-1-0
FAIRBANKS: 1-1-2
KENAI RIVER: 4-0-0

ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: Rudy Sulmonte – 27
ASSISTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 37
POINTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 64
PLUS/MINUS: Grant Hutton – +14
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 135min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 192
WINS: Hayden Stewart – 13
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 2.92
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
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) – (12g, 23a) – 52GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (6g, 6a) – 47GP
            – Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 7a) – 32GP

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

OHL…
            – Anthony Stolarz (London)
                        Regular Season –
(13-3-2 / 2.29GAA / .920%) – 20GP
                        Playoff Season – (4-0-0 / 1.57GAA / .946%) – 4GP

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

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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.