RAYS’ REPORT #21: WEEKEND SPLIT; PINK IN THE RINK THIS WEEKEND

Corpus Christi scooped up a win on Saturday night to secure a weekend split with the Wichita Falls Wildcats as the IceRays now set their eyes on “Pink in the Rink” night this upcoming Friday night.  The IceRays fell on Friday night to the Wildcats 3-1, however, rebounded on Saturday night for a big 4-2 victory with help from Jonathan Grebosky who notched a hat-trick in the win. 

GAME #1 – 02-10-12: Corpus Christi 1-3 Wichita Falls – The IceRays have struggled in the first period several times this season and it continued on Friday night at Corpus Christi took the ice with the Wildcats in the final series of the year.  Brennan Parker picked up a loose puck on a scramble in front of the net and fired it into an open net while Anthony Stolarz was on the ice just 1:49 into the game for a 1-0 lead.  The IceRays took a penalty and Wichita Falls capitalized when Renato Engler completed a wrap-around goal to take a 2-0 advantage 10:06 into the game.  There was no scoring in the second period and when the IceRays took another penalty, this time they were the ones scoring.  Danny Fetzer forced an interception at center ice and went in on a breakaway beating Matt Leon glove side to pull Corpus Christi within a goal.  With under a minute to go the IceRays pulled the goalie and Zach Pochiro sealed the win with 44 seconds to go with an empty-net goal.

 

GAME #2 – 02-11-12: Corpus Christi 4-2 Wichita Falls With the Jackalopes winning in overtime on Friday night, the IceRays needed a win badly and it showed in Saturday night’s game.  Phil Pietroniro scored a highlight reel goal dancing through the defenseman and wristing a shot through the legs of Matt Leon to give the IceRays a 1-0 lead midway through period one.  Jonathan Grebosky began a three goal night scoring in the first frame with 6:43 left to go as he scooped up a puck and beat Leon from the slot.  His second goal of the night on the power-play just 1:45 into the second period to push Corpus Christi out to a 3-0 lead.  The comeback began for the Wildcats as Zach Pochiro scored two straight goals; the second came 30 seconds into the final period to bring Wichita Falls within a goal.  There was no scoring after that until Grebosky completed the hat-trick on an empty net goal with 37 seconds remaining in the game. 

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH VS. NEW MEXICO     
            –
 Buy One, Get One Free – Buy a ticket to the game, receive one FREE!
           

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH VS NEW MEXICO
            – Pink In The Rink – First 1,000 fans get a FREE pink IceRays jersey
                                                  courtesy of Radiology & Imaging.
           
– Alumni Game – EX-IceRays vs. CC Fire Department @ 5:45PM.
            – Post Game Jersey Auction – Buy your favorite IceRay pink jersey!
            – Frosty Friday – Half off 20oz beer and 24oz soda!

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION:
                       

 

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

WPCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

xAmarillo

48

36

5

7

79

.823

208

114

1276

16-2-4

20-3-3

Topeka

46

31

13

2

64

.696

158

116

968

17-6-1

14-7-1

Texas

48

28

13

7

63

.656

171

129

971

17-5-4

11-8-3

Corpus Christi

45

21

21

3

45

.500

130

141

996

15-7-2

6-14-1

Odessa

46

17

24

5

39

.424

108

145

886

11-12-1

6-12-4

Wichita Falls

48

17

27

4

38

.396

120

160

883

11-8-1

6-19-3

New Mexico

47

16

28

3

35

.372

138

206

830

11-13-2

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 (Season Series Over)
WICHITA FALLS: 5-6-1 (Season Series Over)
ODESSA: 3-3-0

ICERAYS LEADERS:

GOALS: Eric Purcell – 16
ASSISTS: Beau Walker – 25
POINTS: Beau Walker – 35
PLUS/MINUS: Chris Taff – +7
PENALTY MINUTES: Ladislav Hruska – 96min
SHOTS: Beau Walker – 141
WINS: Anthony Stolarz – 18
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Anthony Stolarz, 2.61
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Anthony Stolarz, .923

THE BIG GREBOSKY… In only his second game as a member of the Corpus Christi IceRays, Jonathan Grebosky picked up a hat-trick on Saturday night in the 4-2 win.  After Phil Pietroniro scored, Grebosky notched the next three. 

IT’S PINK TIME…The IceRays host “Pink in The Rink” this Friday night.  Ex-IceRays play against the Corpus Christi Fire Department starting at 5:45PM.  The first 1,000 fans receive a FREE pink IceRays jersey, followed by a post-game jersey auction following the game.

PLAYOFF TRACKER…After a huge comeback win on Friday night, the Jackalopes dropped the next two games to the New Mexico Mustangs halting their push towards the playoffs.

“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 assists  
              in 16 games as a Freshman.
            – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – Kevin is 5th on the team in points
             for Wentworth with nine goals and ten assists.
            – Derrek Shartz (Tufts University) – As a freshman, Derrek has three
              goals and two assists in 22 games.

NCAA D-I…
            – Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – Michael has two goals and
              four assists in 30 games for the Purple Eagles.

USHL…
            – Matthew Weis (Green Bay) – in 16 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 (Des-Moines) – After being traded to Des-Moines,
              Copley has a GAA of 1.63 and save percentage of .937.

 

WHAT’S ON TAP…  The IceRays are on home ice this Thursday and Friday night as they host the New Mexico Mustangs.  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”