RAYS REPORT #9: WEEKEND SPLIT

RAYS REPORT #9: WEEKEND SPLIT

The IceRays were back on home ice this past weekend and the IceRays took down the Mustangs Friday night in thrilling fashion with a 5-4 shootout victory.  Saturday was a different outcome.  Corpus Christi was unable to solve goaltender Randy Graham as New Mexico shut out the IceRays 2-0. 

GAME #1 – 11-25-11: Corpus Christi 5-4 (SO) New Mexico Mustangs – The Mustangs kicked things off early in the game as the IceRays hurt themselves with penalty issues.  Matthew Uvodich scored on the power-play 5:41 into regulation to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead.  They led 3-0 in the second period, however the IceRays stormed back with four unanswered goals, two by Travis Maxwell, to give the IceRays a 4-3 lead late in regulation.  However, New Mexico scored with less than 30 seconds left to force overtime.  After no scoring in overtime, Corpus Christi prevailed in the shootout to win 5-4. 

GAME #2 – 11-26-11: Corpus Christi 0-2 New Mexico Mustangs– The IceRays could not catch a break in Saturday night’s contest.  New Mexico outshot the IceRays in the first period 10-8 however there was no scoring.  The game remained scoreless until 6:26 point of period two, as the Mustangs took a 1-0 lead on the power-play.  Cody Walsh added the insurance goal 3:30 into the third period to give New Mexico their third win in four games.  For the IceRays, that was their fifth loss in six games. 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:This Friday is STARS & STRIPES NIGHT, come out an honor members of the military, police, fire, EMT, and border patrol on Frosty Friday, half off 20-ounce domestic beer and 34-ounce soda.  Saturday is the Caller Times Family Four Pack Night, get four tickets for just $34.

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION:
                       

 

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

WPCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

Amarillo

26

20

3

3

43

.827

107

61

605

8-1-1

12-2-2

Texas

25

16

3

6

38

.760

94

61

560

10-1-3

6-2-3

Topeka

26

14

10

2

30

.577

89

77

504

5-4-1

9-6-1

Corpus Christi

20

10

10

0

20

.500

59

57

387

8-4-0

2-6-0

Odessa

23

8

12

3

19

.413

50

68

428

6-7-0

2-5-3

Wichita Falls

23

8

14

1

17

.370

55

74

439

6-5-1

2-9-0

New Mexico

25

7

17

1

15

.300

71

121

435

4-7-0

3-10-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S RECORDS AGAINST THE SOUTH:

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

ICERAYS LEADERS:

GOALS: Eric Purcell – 11
ASSISTS: Frank Misuraca – 10
POINTS: Eric Purcell – 16
PLUS/MINUS: Travis Maxwell – +8
PENALTY MINUTES: Seth Blair – 54min
SHOTS: Eric Purcell – 58
WINS: Anthony Stolarz – 7
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Anthony Stolarz, 2.28
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Anthony Stolarz, .931

BREAKOUT GAME…Travis Maxwell had a game to remember on Friday night.  He scored two goals in regulation that began the IceRays comeback in the second period, and also recorded the shootout winner in round ten. 

SHUTOUT AGAIN…Corpus Christi was shutout on Saturday night for the fourth time this season.  They outshot the New Mexico Mustangs 33-29 and Randy Graham stopped every puck he faced. 

SHOOTOUT THRILLER…The IceRays won their only shootout appearance of the season on Friday night.  They trailed 3-0 in the second period, however stormed back to take a 4-3 lead, only to give up a goal in the last minute that forced overtime.  The IceRays won the shootout and picked up the win 5-4.

TRADED AWAY… The IceRays announced that they traded captain Mychal Monteith and Josh Obregon.  Monteith was shipped to the Texas Tornado, while Obregon is now a member of the Odessa Jackalopes.  Both teams are in the South Division along with Corpus Christi. 

LAST SIX GAMES… In the last six games the IceRays played, they have hit a bump in the road going 1-5.   

HOME COOKIN’…The IceRays are once again on home ice as they host the Topeka Roadrunners Friday and Saturday night at 7:05PM.  STARS & STRIPES NIGHT is Friday! Come honor military, police, fire departments, border patrol, and EMT.

WHAT’S ON TAP? Corpus Christi is back on home ice this Friday and Saturday night against  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.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”