RAYS REPORT #15: ICERAYS SPLIT TO END 2011

The Corpus Christi IceRays ended 2011 by splitting a series against the Wichita Falls Wildcats inside the American Bank Center.  The IceRays won 3-2 on Friday night, and then dropped the finale 2-1 on a bad break.   

GAME #1 – 12-30-11: Corpus Christi 3-2 Wichita Falls – The IceRays trailed 1-0 after the first period as Tanner Fahlstedt was awarded a penalty shot and converted 15:44 into regulation giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.  The IceRays scored the next three goals starting when Michael Dery scored his fourth goal in three games early in the second period to tie the game at one.  The IceRays notched a power-play goal courtesy of Travis Maxwell 9:30 into the second period to give Corpus Christi a 2-1 lead.  The IceRays led 2-1 after two periods and increased their lead when Joe Smereck picked up his own rebound beating JoJo Jeanetta 2:01 into the final period.  The Wildcats made it interesting with plenty of time left in the game when Nick Szopinski pulled Wichita Falls within one goal.  The IceRays held on for the 3-2 win and Anthony Stolarz stopped 30 of 32 shots.

 

GAME #2 – 12-31-11: Corpus Christi 1-2 Wichita Falls The next night Corpus Christi took the lead off the stick of Michael Dery who took a rebound shot from Beau Walker and beat Matt Leon at the 14:21 mark of the first period for a 1-0 lead.  It was Dery’s fifth goal in four games.  Tanner Fahlstedt scored his second goal in as many games just 3:52 into the second period to tie the game 1-1.  There was no scoring until just six minutes remained when Renato Engler threw a puck to the front of the crease and banked off Chris Taff into the net for the eventual game winning goal.

 

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:
Thursday January 12th  
            
            – Buy One Get One Free – Buy one ticket, get another for free!

Friday January 13th

            – Frosty Friday – Half off 20-ounce domestic beer and 24-ounce soda. 

Sunday January 15th 
            
            
Dollar Day – $1 Hotdogs, Popcorn, Soda.  

 

 

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION:
                       

 

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

WPCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

 Amarillo

36

29

3

4

62

.861

156

80

792

12-1-1

17-2-3

Texas

35

22

7

6

50

.714

133

93

736

12-2-3

10-5-3

Topeka

34

21

11

2

44

.647

111

91

709

10-5-1

11-6-1

Corpus Christi

30

13

15

2

28

.467

86

92

675

9-6-2

4-9-0

Odessa

31

11

16

4

26

.419

66

96

616

9-10-1

2-6-3

Wichita Falls

33

11

20

2

24

.364

80

109

618

7-7-1

4-13-1

New Mexico

33

9

22

2

20

.303

88

155

600

6-10-1

3-12-1

 

CORPUS CHRISTI’S RECORDS AGAINST THE SOUTH:

AMARILLO: 1-2-0
NEW MEXICO: 4-2-0
TEXAS: 3-2-0
TOPEKA: 0-2-0
WICHITA FALLS: 2-4-0
ODESSA: 1-2-0

 

ICERAYS LEADERS:

GOALS: Eric Purcell – 13
ASSISTS: Weis, Ginley, Walker, Jarosz – 14
POINTS: Eric Purcell – 20
PLUS/MINUS: Brandon Smith – +6
PENALTY MINUTES: Ladislav Hruska – 72min
SHOTS: Beau Walker – 97
WINS: Anthony Stolarz – 10
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Anthony Stolarz, 2.54
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Anthony Stolarz, .924

 

DERY ON FIRE…Michael Dery continued his scoring streak as he netted his fifth goal in the past four on Saturday night. 

BAD BREAK…The IceRays caught a bad break on Saturday night that caused the Wildcats to pick up the 2-1 win.  Renato Engler centered a pass off of Chris Taff into the net late in regulation. 

MATT WEIS TO USHL…IceRays forward Matthew Weis was traded to the Green Bay Gamblers.  The plan is for Weis to play ten games, which will give the Gamblers right’s to him next year.  He scored two goals and added two assists in just his second game with the Gamblers.

WHAT’S ON TAP…  Corpus Christi is on the road this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.  They kick it off on Thursday to take on the Tornado at 7:30PM, then travel to Amarillo to battle the Bulls Friday and Saturday night.  Fans can listen to all the action with the voice of the IceRays, Rob Lippolis, beginning 15 minutes prior to the games on the Rays flagship station, ESPN Radio 1440AM.  The game is available for free online at www.espncorpus.comor 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.

                 “THE NEW ICERAYS…TOMORROW’S STARS”