RAYS’ REPORT #9: WEEKEND SPLIT WITH TEXAS

After dropping the first contest of the two game set 4-1 to the Texas Tornado, the IceRays rebounded on Friday night coming away with a 4-2 victory powered by three shorthanded goals, two of which came on the same penalty kill.  This weekend, Corpus Christi returns home as they host the Fairbanks IceDogs on Friday for Recycling Night and Saturday for Stars & Stripes Night. 

GAME #19 – 11-08-12: Corpus Christi 1-4 Texas – Four goals in the second period by the defending National Champions propelled the Texas Tornado over the IceRays 4-1 on Thursday night inside the Dr. Pepper Arena.  After no scoring in the first frame, Nick Neville fired a shot past goaltender Hayden Stewart on the man advantage for a 1-0 lead just 50 seconds into the second period.  Leo Lumm made it 2-0 on a rebound goal assisted by CJ Reuschlein and Brett Heikkila at the 10:07 mark of the second.  Jason Eddy then took a shot from the left wing circle that landed on the stick of Michael Hoy after a rebound who picked up his only goal of the night at 11:38  to take a 3-0 lead.  The final strike of the contest for Texas came with 1:13 left in the middle period.  Brandon Hawkins added to his team lead in goals scoring from the top of the circles to move the lead to 4-0.  Corpus Christi avoided a shutout in the final period as Brandon Smith ripped a shot past Hunter Leisner just 4:50 into the period to pull the IceRays within three goals.  Assists were credited to Emil Romig and Wayland WilliamsHayden Stewart stopped 26 of 30 shots through two periods until he was replaced by Ben Myers in the third who put aside all eight shots.

GAME #20 – 11-09-12: Corpus Christi 4-2 Texas –  The Corpus Christi IceRays rebounded big on Friday night against the Texas Tornado, scoring two short-handed goals in the same penalty kill en route to a 4-2 victory over the defending National Champions.  The IceRays started the scoring while on the penalty kill.  Rudy Sulmonte brought a rush back and fired a shot from the right wing circle beating Hunter Leisner for a 1-0 lead at 6:33 of the first period.  Just 36 seconds later, on the same penalty kill, Charles Baldwin forced a turnover and went in all alone beating Leisner top shelf for a 2-0 lead, and another short-handed tally.  Texas scored a short-handed goal of their own to split the lead in half.  A John Roisum shot went off the shin guards of Andrew Mayer who walked in on a breakaway and slid the puck past Ben Myers 11:20 into the game.  In the second period, Texas tied the game on a power-play that carried over from the first period.  Just 50 second in, Justin Greenberg struck to tie the game at two apiece.  Corpus Christi regained the lead when the puck found its way onto the stick of Jalen Schulz after a turnover.  Schulz found a seam and beat Leisner for another one goal IceRays lead.  In the final period, the Tornado were awarded a power-play late in regulation and pulled the goalie to have a two player advantage.  After numerous chances fell short, Mike Economos sealed the win with an empty net goal.  Ben Myers put aside 31 of 33 shots in the win.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

Friday, November 16th @ 7:05PM vs. Fairbanks
           – Frosty Friday – Half off 20oz domestic beer & 24oz soda!
           – Recycling Night – Pres. by the City of Corpus Christi 
                                             – 200 reusable bag giveaway.
Saturday, November 17th @ 7:05PM vs. Fairbanks
           – Stars & Stripes Night – Pres. by Whataburger
           – Caller Times 4-Pack Night – 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 soda’s for $44

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

WPCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

Topeka

20

14

4

2

30

.750

66

42

434

6-3-1

8-1-1

Texas

19

14

4

1

29

.763

70

51

385

8-2-1

6-2-0

Amarillo

17

12

2

3

27

.794

75

38

375

8-0-1

4-2-2

Corpus Christi

20

8

8

4

20

.500

59

71

547

3-7-0

5-1-4

Wichita Falls

21

7

12

2

16

.381

51

84

346

3-4-1

4-8-1

Odessa

17

4

11

2

10

.294

35

65

356

1-4-1

3-7-1

CORPUS CHRISTI’S RECORD AGAINST OPPONENTS:

AMARILLO: 1-1-0
TEXAS: 1-3-0

TOPEKA: 0-2-0
WICHITA FALLS: 1-1-2
ODESSA: 0-0-0
FAIRBANKS: 1-0-1
KENAI RIVER: 2-0-0

ICERAYS LEADERS:

GOALS: Rudy Sulmonte – 7
ASSISTS: Perry D’Arrisso – 13
POINTS: Perry D’Arrisso – 19
PLUS/MINUS: Wayland WIlliams – +5
PENALTY MINUTES: Roman Uchyn – 65min
SHOTS: Rudy Sulmonte – 60
WINS: Hayden Stewart & Ben Myers- 3
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Hayden Stewart – 2.74
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Hayden Stewart – .929

THREE IS NICE… Corpus Christi scored three shorthanded goals on Friday night in the 4-2 win.  Rudy Sulmonte & Charles Baldwin each scored on the same penalty kill. 

ON THE ROAD…Thursday’s defeat in Texas was the first regulation loss away from the American Bank Center this year.

FOUR POINT LEAD… Corpus Christi maintains a four point lead over fifth place Wichita Falls and remains in the final playoff spot in the South Division standings. 

COMMITMENTS

2014-2015
Matthew Weis – Ohio State University

ALUMNI REPORT

NCAA D-III…
           – Greg Chapman (St. Mary’s U.)
           – Luc Neitenbach (Worcester State)
            – Kevin Crowe (Wentworth College)
            – Derrek Schartz (Tufts University)
            – Josh Obregon (Johnson & Wales U.)
           – Anton Olsson (Lawrence College)
           – Navarone Copley (St. Mary’s U.)
           – Jake Diamond (Wentworth College)
           – Jonathan Sdao (Colby College)

NCAA D-I…
           – Anthony Stolarz (U. of Nebraska-Omaha) – (0-3-0, 3.03GAA, .871%)
           – Michael Benedict (Niagara University) – (4G, 0A) – 11GP
           – Frank Misuraca (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) – (0g, 0a) – 6GP
           – Beau Walker (Sacred Heart) – (0g, 2a) – 2GP
           – Brandon Adams (Holy Cross) – (0g, 0a) – 1GP
           – Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) – (1-5-0, 3.09GAA, .854%)
           – Mychal Monteith (Mercyhurst) – (0g, 0a) – 3GP
           – Colton Saucerman (Northeastern) – (1g, 3a) – 9GP
          
USHL…
           – Matthew Weis (Green Bay Gamblers) – (2g, 7a) – 10GP
            – Danny Fetzer (Chicago Steel) – (2g, 2a) – 11GP
           –Seth Blair (Green Bay Gamblers) – (0g, 0a) – 8GP

WHAT’S ON TAP…  The IceRays return home this weekend to face the Fairbanks IceDogs Friday and Saturday night at 7:05PM.  Pregame show starts 15 minutes prior to ALL IceRays home games on sportsjuice.com, the TuneIn Radio APP, 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.

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