RAYS’ REPORT #13: ICERAYS LOOK TO REBOUND AT HOME

The Corpus Christi IceRays traveled north to Frisco, Texas where they took the ice with the Tornado and were unable to finish off 2012 with wins.  Texas won easily on Friday night 6-1 while on Saturday; the IceRays could not overcome a dominating goaltending performance by Hunter Leisner, falling 4-1.   

GAME #31 – 12-28-12: Corpus Christi 1-6 Texas – After the IceRays had a goal called back on a hand pass, AJ Jarosz converted at 17:38 of the opening period on an assist from Andrew Paras to put Corpus Christi ahead 1-0 through 20min of action.  The lead didn’t last long in the second frame as Jason Eddy put home a loose puck just 7sec after the puck dropped to tie the game at one goal apiece.  The defending National Champions took the lead at 3:52 of the second as Brandon Platt picked up his third goal of the year in just ten games with the Tornado for a 2-1 lead and Texas never looked back.  Brandon Hawkins scored his first goal of the night on a nice back-hander he sent by goaltender Hayden Stewart at 13:47 of period two with the lone assist to Scott Conway who hit Hawkins with the breakout pass.  The leading scorer struck again as Andrew Paras sat in the box with 3:39 left in the second.  Hawkins took a pass below the left wing circle and fired it by a sprawling Hayden Stewart to move the Texas lead to three goals.  In the final period the Tornado would strike twice.  First, Andrew Mayer at 10:10 of the third, and then Hawkins picked up the hat-trick with 7:40 left in the game to put Texas up 6-1, which ended up the final score in front of 2,324 fans.  Stewart stopped 24 of 30 in the loss

GAME #22 – 12-29-12: Corpus Christi 1-4 Texas – The scoring started just 50 seconds into the game on a shot from the point that got deflected by Mitchell Mueller and past Ben Myers to give the Tornado a 1-0 lead.  They moved out to a 2-0 lead as Andrew Mayer picked up his first of the night on a loose puck in front of the net that Mayer slid under the right leg pad of Myers at 11:17 of the first frame.  In the second period Perry D’Arrisso split the lead in half just 55 seconds in.  After forcing a turnover, D’Arrisso picked up the puck and fired it top shelf on Hunter Leisner decreasing the lead to 2-1.  Mayer then struck again at 3:52 of the second.  After blocking a shot, he walked in on a breakaway and beat Ben Myers increasing the lead back to two goals.  In the third, Jason Eddy tacked on an empty net goal to seal the 4-1 win.  Ben Myers stopped 33 of 36 shots in the loss.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

Friday, January 11th @ 7:05PM vs. Texas Tornado
Frosty Friday – Half off 20oz domestic beer & 24oz soda!

Saturday, January 12th @ 7:05PM vs. Texas Tornado
Caller Times 4-pack Night – 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 soda’s for $44
Teen Night – Presented by WHATABURGER

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

Amarillo

32

26

3

3

55

.859

140

65

591

14-1-1

12-2-2

Texas

35

24

10

1

49

.700

136

92

703

11-6-1

13-4-0

Topeka

33

20

8

5

45

.682

102

72

773

10-6-3

10-2-2

Corpus Christi

32

13

14

5

31

.484

97

113

787

5-10-1

8-4-4

Wichita Falls

30

10

18

2

22

.367

81

113

491

4-7-1

6-11-1

Odessa

32

5

25

2

12

.188

58

145

616

1-14-1

4-11-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S RECORD AGAINST OPPONENTS:

AMARILLO: 2-2-0
TEXAS: 1-7-0

TOPEKA: 0-2-0
WICHITA FALLS: 1-1-2
ODESSA: 2-0-0
FAIRBANKS: 1-1-2
KENAI RIVER: 4-0-0

ICERAYS LEADERS:

GOALS: Perry D’Arrisso & Rudy Sulmonte – 15
ASSISTS: Perry D’Arrisso – 19
POINTS: Perry D’Arrisso – 34
PLUS/MINUS: Jalen Schulz – +5
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 90min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 109
WINS: Hayden Stewart – 6
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 3.10
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Hayden Stewart – .911

NINE OF ELEVEN… AJ Jaroszhas recorded a point in nine of the last eleven games…  In that time, the 2nd year IceRay picked up 11pts total. 

PLAYOFF RACE…Corpus Christi is still 9pts in front of Wichita Falls after this past weekend and remains in 4th place with 31pts. 

COPLEY GETS MVP…Former IceRays goaltender Pheonix Copley recorded two shutouts over the weekend as Michigan Tech captured the Great Lakes Invitational, and earned tournament MVP. 

FIRST USHL GOAL…Former IceRay defender Travis Maxwell picked up his first USHL goal with the Lincoln Stars against Tri City. 

COMMITTING…Current IceRays forward Beau Walker and former IceRay Dmitry Ermakov have both committed to top D3 schools.  Walker will attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point wile Ermakov will skate for Norwich, who currently is ranked #1 in the country.

COMMITMENTS

2013-2014
Beau Walker – Wisconsin-Stevens Point (D3 – NCHA)
Dmitry Ermakov – Norwich University (D3 – ECAC East)

2014-2015
Matthew Weis – Ohio State University (D1 – CCHA)

ALUMNI REPORT

NCAA D-I…
           – Anthony Stolarz (U. of Nebraska-Omaha) – (2-5-0, 2.56GAA, .898%)
           – Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – (6G, 0A) – 16GP
           – Frank Misuraca (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) – (2g, 4a) – 15GP
           – Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) – (3-6-0, 3.30GAA, .892%)
           – Mychal Monteith (Mercyhurst) – (0g, 2a) – 11GP
           – Colton Saucerman (Northeastern) – (1g, 4a) – 13GP

NCAA D-III…
           – Greg Chapman (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 9GP
           – Luc Neitenbach (Worcester State) – (0g, 0a) – 6GP
            – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – (5g, 3a) – 12GP
            – Derrek Schartz (Tufts University) – (1g, 0a) – 6GP
           – Josh Obregon (Johnson & Wales U.) – (2g, 7a) – 12GP
           – Anton Olsson (Lawrence College) – (0-1, 6.00GAA, .838%)
           – Navarone Copley (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 7GP
           – Jonathan Sdao (Colby College) – (3g, 2a) – 9GP

USHL…
           – Matthew Weis (Green Bay Gamblers) – (7g, 12a) – 24GP
            – Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (2g, 4a) – 18GP
           – Travis Maxwell (Lincoln) – (1g, 4a) – 5GP
           – Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (3g, 2a) – 8GP

QMJHL…
           – Phil Pietroniro (Shawinigan) – (2g, 4a) – 20GP

WHAT’S ON TAP…  The IceRays return home this weekend as they host the Odessa Jackalopes at 7:05PM on Friday and Saturday night.  Pregame show starts 15 minutes prior to ALL IceRays home games on ustream.com, sportsjuice.com, the TuneIn Radio APP, or on the league’s pay-per-view website, www.fasthockey.com.  Be sure to get your tickets now by calling the IceRays front office at 361.814.PUCK (7825) or crash the net at www.goicerays.com.

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“THE NEW ICERAYS…TOMORROW’S STARS”