RAYS’ REPORT #17: DROUGHT ENDS OVER TOPEKA

The Corpus Christi IceRays went into Topeka and for the first time in three years beat the RoadRunners.  On Friday, the Rays’ defeated Topeka in shootout fashion 3-2 but fell on Saturday 3-1.  This week Corpus Christi hosts Odessa on Wednesday and Friday for “Pink the Rink” night!

GAME #43 – 2-1-13: Corpus Christi 3-2 (SO) Topeka – The scoring started on a Topeka power-play off the stick of Patrick Pollock from the left wing circle.  Pollock took a pass and wired a shot over the shoulder of Hayden Stewart for a 1-0 lead.  Beau Walker responded with a goal as he put a move on and back-handed the puck through the legs of RoadRunners goaltender Mackenzie Sawyer to tie the game 1-1 at 13:54 of period one.  In the third frame, Ryan McNeely forced an interception and walked in firing a wrister past the right leg pad of Sawyer to put Corpus Christi ahead 2-1 at 3:47 of the final period.  Drew Kariofiles answered back at 6:13 to tie the game up once again with assists from Jake Kamrass and Tyler Groat that eventually forced overtime.  In a shootout Charles Baldwin started the scoring with a nice move to put the Rays’ up 1-0.  To finish it off, Beau Walker back-handed the puck through the legs once again of Sawyer to propel the IceRays to a 3-2 shootout victory.  Hayden Stewart stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced.

GAME #44 – 2-2-13: Corpus Christi 1-3 Topeka –  The IceRays thought they led 1-0 after Wayland Williams scored on a two-on-one rush  with a  delayed penalty coming to Topeka, however the referee’s would decide the puck did not cross the line and the game remained scoreless.  The RoadRunners took advantage and struck first on the power-play at 9:03 of the first period.  Trace Strahle took a shot from the top of the left circle that Ben Myers got a piece of but trickled over the goal line for a 1-0 Topeka lead.  Tyler Groat gave Topeka a 2-0 lead with a wrap-around goal with just 49sec left in the first period with an assist to Drew Kariofiles.  To start the second period, Corpus Christi had a power-play and converted.  Mike Economos took a shot from the slot that went wide but deflected out to Emil Romig who put the IceRays on the board 47sec into the middle frame.  In the final period, Mike Gornall picked up the puck in the slot and beat Ben Myers as he was left all alone in front of the net at 9:26 of the third.  Ben Myers stopped 31 of 34 shots in the loss.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

Wednesday, February 6th @ 7:05PM vs. Odessa Jackalopes
Dollar Night – $1 Hotdogs & $1 Soda!
Teacher Appreciation Night!

Friday, February 7th @ 7:05PM vs. Odessa Jackalopes
Frosty Friday – Half off 20oz beer & 24oz Soda!
Pink The Rink Night – Presented by Radiology & Imaging, CC Disposal, Western Steel, and Cash Flow Experts
           – First 1,000 fans get FREE pink jersey courtesy of Radiology & Imaging!
           – Exhibition Game: Ex-IceRays vs.  CC Firefighters
           – Jersey Auction following the game!

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

Amarillo

42

31

5

6

68

.810

171

87

854

18-1-3

13-4-3

Texas

45

32

12

1

65

.722

172

114

829

15-6-1

17-6-0

Topeka

43

26

11

6

58

.674

129

100

1032

14-7-4

12-4-2

Corpus Christi

44

18

20

6

42

.477

133

151

1038

7-12-1

11-8-5

Wichita Falls

43

18

22

3

39

.453

132

151

664

9-9-2

9-13-1

Odessa

43

6

34

3

15

.174

90

210

867

2-17-2

4-17-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S RECORD AGAINST OPPONENTS:

AMARILLO: 3-3-0
TEXAS: 1-7-0

TOPEKA: 1-3-0
WICHITA FALLS: 1-2-3
ODESSA: 5-1-0
FAIRBANKS: 1-1-2
KENAI RIVER: 4-0-0

ICERAYS LEADERS:

GOALS: Rudy Sulmonte – 19
ASSISTS: Emil Romig – 27
POINTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 44
PLUS/MINUS: Grant Hutton – +8
PENALTY MINUTES: Mike Economos – 113min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 143
WINS: Ben Myers & Hayden Stewart – 8
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Ben Myers – 2.99
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Ben Myers – .912

STREAK HALTS…Beau Walker had his point scoring streak stopped on Saturday at six games.  In that span, Walker recorded 10pts.

PINK THE RINK FRIDAY…The IceRays host Odessa on Friday for Pink the Rink Night!  All proceeds go to Susan G Komen and the American Cancer Society! 

PLAYOFF RACE…Corpus Christi is now just 3pts in front of Wichita Falls after this past weekends’ split with Topeka.  The Wichita Falls Wildcats played Odessa three straight games and pulled closer to 4th place Corpus Christi.

INJURY UPDATE…Both Perry D’Arrisso and Trevor Heuser missed this past weekend’s games with injuries.

 

COMMITMENTS

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

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

ALUMNI REPORT

NCAA D-I…
           – Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – (6G, 3A) – 25GP
           – Frank Misuraca (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) – (2g, 4a) – 16GP
           – Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) – (5-9-1, 2.80GAA, .911%) – 15GP
           – Mychal Monteith (Mercyhurst) – (0g, 2a) – 19GP
           – Colton Saucerman (Northeastern) – (1g, 6a) – 20GP

NCAA D-III…
           – Greg Chapman (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 1a) – 16GP
           – Luc Neitenbach (Worcester State) – (0g, 0a) – 12GP
            – Jake Diamond (Wentworth College) – (0g, 0a) – 4GP
           – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – (9g, 7a) – 19GP
            – Derrek Schartz (Tufts University) – (2g, 1a) – 14GP
           – Josh Obregon (Johnson & Wales U.) – (7g, 10a) – 21GP
           – Anton Olsson (Lawrence College) – (0-1, 6.00GAA, .838%)
           – Navarone Copley (St. Mary’s U.) – (0g, 0a) – 9GP
           – Jonathan Sdao (Colby College) – (3g, 4a) – 18GP

USHL…
           Matthew Weis (Green Bay Gamblers) – (8g, 15a) – 34GP
            Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (2g, 5a) – 31GP
           – Travis Maxwell (Lincoln) – (1g, 4a) – 24GP
           Roman Uchyn (Des Moines) – (4g, 2a) – 17GP

OHL…
           Anthony Stolarz (London) – (4-0-0, 1.84GAA, .937%) – 6GP

QMJHL…
           Phil Pietroniro (Shawinigan) – (4g, 4a) – 28GP

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