RAYS REPORT #23: PLAYOFF RACE TIGHTENS UP

The playoff race in the South Division just got more interesting over the weekend as the IceRays now have a five point lead over fifth place Odessa after the Jackalopes won two games in a row over Corpus Christi.  A huge weekend starts this Thursday at home against league leading Amarillo and ends with a pair of games in West Texas against the Jackalopes.     

GAME #1 – 02-24-12: Corpus Christi 1-4 Odessa – Out of the five total goals scored in this game, only one was notched even-strength.  The Jackalopes took the lead just 8:25 into the game on a shot from the left point was re-directed off the stick of Taylor Portner and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.  With only 1:50 left in the first period Odessa went out to a two goal advantage while short-handed.  Tyler Cayemberg rushed up the left wing side of the ice around the defense and found a way to beat Anthony Stolarz to take a 2-0 lead.  Corpus Christi got on the board in period two thanks to the captain, Frank Misuraca who rifled a shot over the shoulder of Connor Hellebuyck to pull the IceRays within a goal as only 3:22 remained in the second.  Odessa then stopped any chance for a comeback with a late period goal on the man advantage when Jalen Krogman jammed a loose puck past Stolarz for a 3-1 lead with only 1:12 left.  There was no scoring in the third period until Josh Obregon scored an empty net goal with four seconds remaining.

GAME #2 – 02-25-12: Corpus Christi 4-5 Odessa – Both teams hopped on their busses and drove back across Texas to play a Saturday night series finale in Corpus Christi.  This time, it was the IceRays who took a 2-0 lead after the first period.  Phil Pietroniro kicked off the scoring as he pinched up and took a pass from Michael Dery beating Hellebuyck low 15:20 into the first frame.  Then, just 54 seconds after that, Jonathan Grebosky batted a puck out of mid-air after a Travis Maxwell shot for his fourth goal as an IceRay to push Corpus out to a 2-0 lead.  Odessa stormed back in the second period to tie the game on two goals 2:09 apart from each other.  The third period was back and forth until Brandon Smith tied the game late in regulation on a wrister from the left wing circle.  Then, with only seven seconds left Ryan Doucet scored to give Odessa the win and two points. 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:
THURSDAY, MARCH 1ST VS. ODESSA

           Buy One, Get One Free – Buy a ticket on Thursday, get one free!
           Charity Night – Local charities will be attending the game!
          

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION:
                       

 

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

WPCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

xAmarillo

50

38

5

7

83

.830

220

120

1336

18-2-4

20-3-3

xTopeka

50

32

15

3

67

.670

165

129

1046

17-6-1

15-9-2

Texas

50

28

15

7

63

.630

177

141

1025

17-5-4

11-10-3

Corpus Christi

49

22

23

4

48

.490

140

153

1039

16-8-3

6-15-1

Odessa

48

19

24

5

43

.448

117

150

917

12-12-1

7-12-4

Wichita Falls

51

19

27

5

43

.422

131

169

901

13-8-2

6-19-3

New Mexico

52

18

31

3

39

.375

150

222

862

11-13-2

7-18-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S RECORDS AGAINST THE SOUTH:
AMARILLO: 2-3-0
NEW MEXICO: 5-2-1
TEXAS: 5-2-0
TOPEKA: 0-4-0 (Season Series Over)
WICHITA FALLS: 5-6-1 (Season Series Over)
ODESSA: 3-5-0

ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: Eric Purcell – 17
ASSISTS: Beau Walker – 28
POINTS: Beau Walker – 38
PLUS/MINUS: Chris Taff – +6
PENALTY MINUTES: Ladislav Hruska – 96min
SHOTS: Beau Walker – 155
WINS: Anthony Stolarz – 19
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Anthony Stolarz, 2.57
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Anthony Stolarz, .924

THREE HOME GAMES LEFT… The IceRays only have three home games remaining.  After Thursday’s home game, the IceRays are out of town for three weeks until returning to the American Bank Center on March 23th and 24th

PLAYOFF TRACKER…The IceRays sit five points in front of the Odessa Jackalopes and Wichita Falls Wildcats.   

 

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 19 games as a Freshman.
           – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College) – Kevin is 5th on the team in points
             for Wentworth with ten goals and eleven assists.
           – Derrek Shartz (Tufts University) – As a freshman, Derrek has three
             goals and two assists in 25 games.

NCAA D-I…
           – Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – Michael has two goals and
              four assists in 34 games for the Purple Eagles.

USHL…
           – Matthew Weis (Green Bay) – in 19 games, Weis has four 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 2.23 and save percentage of .929.

WHAT’S ON TAP…  The IceRays are home on Thursday night against the Amarillo Bulls at 7:05PM.  On Friday and Saturday night, Corpus Christi heads to Odessa for a pair of games with the Jackalopes.  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.

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