RAYS’ REPORT #20: LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK AT HOME

Corpus Christi looks to turn things around these next two weeks as they return home for the next four games against Wichita Falls and New Mexico.  The IceRays sit just six points in front of fifth place Odessa for the final playoff spot in the NAHL playoffs.  This past weekend the IceRays dropped two games to the Topeka Roadrunners. 

GAME #1 – 02-01-12: Corpus Christi 3-4 Topeka – The IceRays went down just 13 seconds into the game to the Roadrunners courtesy of Richard Young as he wristed it over the shoulder of Anthony Stolarz for a 1-0 lead.  Phil Pietroniro tied the game just 3:40 later on a shot from the point that found its’ way past Peter Traber.  The Roadrunners scored the next two goals to finish out the first period as Anders Shultz and Brian Christie gave Topeka a 3-1 advantage.  Corpus Christi mounted a comeback to tie the game at three a piece in the third period, however, Topeka scored the go ahead goal with 9:02 left in the game to pick up the one goal win.

 

GAME #2 – 02-02-12: Corpus Christi 2-8 Topeka – Topeka got off to another hot start and proved why they are one of the best in the league taking a 2-0 lead that included a short-handed goal 4:37 into the game.  Beau Walker notched a goal assisted by Eric Purcell 12:45 into the period to pull the IceRays within a goal.  The Roadrunners scored the next six goals, with Eric Purcell adding a power-play goal for Corpus Christi late in regulation in the 8-2 loss.

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10TH VS WICHITA FALLS
            Frosty Friday – Half off 20-ounce domestic beer and 24-ounce soda.
            Teen Night – All high school students get in FREE!

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11TH VS WICHITA FALLS
            – Caller Times Family Four Pack Night – Get four tickets for just $34!
                – Intern Game– Game will be run by the IceRays Interns.
            – Kid’s Night – Kid’s 14 and under get into the game FREE
 
AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION:
                       

 

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

WPCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

xAmarillo

45

34

4

7

75

.833

198

105

1181

16-2-4

18-2-3

Topeka

44

30

12

2

62

.705

151

110

909

17-6-1

13-6-1

Texas

46

28

12

6

62

.674

165

121

926

17-4-3

11-8-3

Corpus Christi

43

20

20

3

43

.500

125

136

967

14-6-2

6-14-1

Odessa

43

16

22

5

37

.430

101

133

844

11-12-1

5-10-4

Wichita Falls

45

15

26

4

34

.378

112

153

844

10-8-1

5-18-3

New Mexico

44

14

28

2

30

.341

126

199

786

9-13-1

5-15-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S RECORDS AGAINST THE SOUTH:

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

ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: Eric Purcell – 16
ASSISTS: Beau Walker – 22
POINTS: Beau Walker & AJ Jarosz – 32
PLUS/MINUS: Chris Taff – +6
PENALTY MINUTES: Ladislav Hruska – 96min
SHOTS: Beau Walker – 137
WINS: Anthony Stolarz – 17
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Anthony Stolarz, 2.65
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Anthony Stolarz, .922

“Q” TO COACH NAHL SELECTS U18 TEAM…Corpus Christi IceRays coach Justin Quenneville has been selected to coach the 2012 NAHL Selects U18 team alongside Oliver David, the bench boss for Kenai River.

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.

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 assist 
              in 14 games as a Freshman.
            – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – Kevin is 5th on the team in points
              for Wentworth with eight goals and nine assists.
            – Derrek Shartz (Tufts University) – As a freshman, Derrek has three
              goals and two assists in 20 games.

NCAA D-I…
            – Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – Michael has two goals and
              four assists in 28 games for the Purple Eagles.

USHL…
            – Matthew Weis (Green Bay) – in 13 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
              3.14 and save percentage of .905.
 

WHAT’S ON TAP…  Corpus Christi returns to home ice this upcoming weekend as they face the Wichita Falls Wildcats.  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.com 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.

“THE NEW ICERAYS…TOMORROW’S STARS”