RAYS REPORT #19: ICERAYS TAKE TWO OF THREE GAMES

The Corpus Christi IceRays took two of three games this past weekend over division foes.  On Thursday night, Corpus Christi solved goaltender Matt Leon with a decisive victory over Wichita Falls.  On Friday night, Frank Misuraca scored the overtime winner for the IceRays second win in a row.  Saturday night was a different story after the IceRays traveled overnight, the Odessa Jackalopes beat Corpus Christi 6-1 inside the Ector County Coliseum.       

GAME #1 – 01-26-12: Corpus Christi 5-2 Wichita Falls – Wildcats goaltender Matt Leon had been a nuisance for Corpus Christi all season long until Thursday night when the IceRays put five goals up for a 5-2 victory.  The scoring got started by the Wildcats 7:41 into the game as Patrick Yudez beat Anthony Stolarz for a 1-0 advantage.  Corpus Christi tied the game at the end of the first period on a nice individual effort by Perry D’Arrisso with just 4:38 remaining in the period.  The IceRays scored four straight goals in the second period courtesy of Beau Walker, AJ Jarosz, Joe Smereck, and Eric Purcell that gave Corpus Christi a 5-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.  Wichita Falls added a goal in the third period however the IceRays held on to the three goal lead and the 5-2 victory.  

 

GAME #2 – 01-27-12: Corpus Christi 4-3 (OT) Wichita Falls – The IceRays were off to a hot start after 20 minutes of action inside the American Bank Center as Brandon Smith and Eric Purcell combined for a 2-0 lead.  AJ Jarosz added a tally in the second period increasing the IceRays lead to three goals.  However, in the third period Wichita Falls scored three consecutive goals to force overtime.  Frank Misuraca scored on a shot from the point through a screen in overtime for the 4-3 win.

 

GAME #3 – 01-28-12: Corpus Christi 1-6 Odessa– After the IceRays traveled overnight across Texas they faced the Odessa Jackalopes. The IceRays put Sean Keating in net and he did not disappoint stopped all the shots he faced in the first period as both teams were scoreless.  In the second period the Jackalopes broke out for three goals until Danny Fetzer put the IceRays on the board with only 2:34 left in the second period.  However, in the third, the Jacks’ put three more goals up for a 6-1 win. 

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10TH VS WICHITA FALLS
            Frosty Friday – Buy one ticket, get another for free!
            Teen Night – All high school students get in FREE!

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11TH VS WICHITA FALLS
            – Caller Times Family Four Pack Night – Half off 20-ounce domestic     
             beer and 24-ounce soda.
            Intern Game – Game will be run by the IceRays Interns

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION:
                       

 

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

WPCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

Amarillo

43

33

3

7

73

.849

191

99

1091

15-1-4

18-2-3

Topeka

42

28

12

2

58

.690

139

105

853

15-6-1

13-6-1

Texas

43

26

11

6

58

.674

153

114

900

15-4-3

11-7-3

Corpus Christi

41

20

18

3

43

.524

120

124

897

14-6-2

6-12-1

Odessa

41

15

21

5

35

.427

97

129

821

10-11-1

5-10-4

Wichita Falls

42

14

24

4

32

.381

105

141

774

9-8-1

5-16-3

New Mexico

42

13

27

2

28

.333

120

192

730

9-13-1

4-14-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S RECORDS AGAINST THE SOUTH:

AMARILLO: 2-3-0
NEW MEXICO: 4-2-0
TEXAS: 5-2-0
TOPEKA: 0-2-0
WICHITA FALLS: 4-5-1
ODESSA: 3-3-0

ICERAYS LEADERS:

GOALS: Eric Purcell – 15
ASSISTS: Beau Walker – 20
POINTS: Beau Walker & AJ Jarosz – 29
PLUS/MINUS: Chris Taff & Payden Mielke – +6
PENALTY MINUTES: Ladislav Hruska – 96min
SHOTS: Beau Walker – 133
WINS: Anthony Stolarz – 17
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Anthony Stolarz, 2.42
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Anthony Stolarz, .929

 

TIED AT THE TOP…With the strong weekend, AJ Jarosz tied Beau Walker for first place on the team in points with 10 goals and 19 assists.

MATT LEON IS SOLVED…The IceRays figured out Matt Leon on Thursday night as they handled the Wildcats easily 5-2 inside the American Bank Center.  It was the first win over Wichita Falls since December 30th. 

TOP PROSPECTS TOURNEY…Five IceRays have been honored by the NAHL with the opportunity to play in the Top Prospects Tournament.  Perry D’Arrisso, Anthony Stolarz, Brandon Smith, Frank Misuraca, and Beau Walker all were selected.

GOOD IMPRESSION…The IceRays started Sean Keating on Saturday night in Odessa and he handled the pressure stopping every shot he faced in the first period. 

TOPEKA TIME…The IceRays will face the Roadrunners this Wednesday and Thursday night before returning home next weekend against Wichita Falls.

 

COMMITMENTS

2011-2012
Anthony Stolarz – University of Nebraska-Omaha
Brandon Adams – Holy Cross
Pheonix Copley – Michigan Tech
Mychal Monteith – Mercyhurst College
Colton Saucerman – Northeastern University

 

ALUMNI REPORT

NCAA D-III…
            – Luc Neitenbach (Worcester State) – Luc has one goal and one
              assists in 12 games as a Freshman.
            – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – Kevin is 5th on the team in points
             for Wentworth with seven goals and seven assists.
            – Derrek Shartz (Tufts University) – As a freshman, Derrek has one goal
              and two assists.

NCAA D-I…
            – Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – Michael has two goals and
              four assists for the Purple Eagles.

USHL…
            – Matthew Weis (Green Bay) – in 12 games, Weis has three goals and
             six assists.
            – Colton Saucerman (Lincoln) – Saucerman has recorded three goals
             and eleven assists for Lincoln in 24 games.
            – Pheonix Copley (Tri-City) – In net for Tri-City, Copley has a GAA of
             3.12 and save percentage of .906.

 

WHAT’S ON TAP…  Corpus Christi hits the road this Wednesday and Thursday night as they take on the Topeka Roadrunners at 7:05PM.  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”