CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – Follow this weekend’s preseason action as the Corpus Christi IceRays prepare for the 2016-17 season on the road against the Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs. This weekend is the second meeting between the IceRays and Brahmas in preseason but first against the Mudbugs.
The IceRays will broadcast Friday’s game against the Brahmas from the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, Texas exclusively on FASTHockey.com. Opening faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. with coverage beginning just before the opening drop. Both games against the Mudbugs will be unavailable on FASTHockey.com, but live updates can be found on the IceRays’ Official Twitter account (@goicerays). Saturday night’s game is set for 7:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon will begin at 2:00 p.m. from Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, La. Format for the pre-season games will be the same as a regular season game: three 20-minute periods with two 15-minute intermissions.
Last season, the IceRays and Brahmas squared off in one preseason game from the NYTEX Sports Centre with the IceRays winning 2-1. This preseason, the Brahmas won two-straight games against the reigning South Division Champions, the Wichita Falls Wildcats, in a home-and-home set. This will be their third and final game of the preseason. The Brahmas open the 2016-17 season on Saturday, Sep. 17 against the Amarillo Bulls from the Amarillo Civic Center.
The Mudbugs make their first appearance in NAHL play this season and bring hockey back to Louisiana for the first time since 2011-12. The newly-formed organization has taken part in one preseason game already against the Topeka RoadRunners from Landon Arena in Topeka, Kan., winning 5-1. The Mudbugs open their regular season on Wednesday, Sep. 21 against another expansion franchise, the Northeast Generals, at the NAHL Showcase.
The IceRays open the 2016-17 regular season on Thursday, Sep. 15 against the Wildcats from the Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas.
The IceRays open the 2016-17 home schedule on Friday, Oct. 14 against the Odessa Jackalopes at the American Bank Center. Purchase your 2016-17 season ticket membership ahead of opening night! Reserve yours by contacting the IceRays Front Office at 361-814-PUCK. In addition, stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/CorpusChristiIceRays), Twitter (@goicerays), YouTube (IceRays TV), Instagram (CorpusChristiIceRays), Vine (@goicerays), and Periscope (@goicerays).