RAYS REPORT #13: THREE GAME WEEKEND

The Corpus Christi IceRays played three games this past weekend all against the Texas Tornado and took three out of a possible six points against their South Division rivals.  The IceRays won Friday night 3-2, while falling the very next night 5-3.  Both teams traveled back to Corpus Christi for a Sunday afternoon game and Texas won in overtime 6-5. 

GAME #1 – 12-09-11: Corpus Christi 3-2 Texas Tornado – The IceRays played a strong game on Friday night on the road taking a 1-0 lead when Matthew Weis tapped a goal in to kick start the scoring.  Frank Misuraca then took a slap shot from the blue line on the power-play beating goaltender Reid Mimmack for a 2-0 lead.  In the third period Beau Walker added another power-play goal for the IceRays firing a shot off the post and in to take a 3-0 advantage.  Texas came back scoring twice in the third period, however the IceRays held on for the 3-2 win. 

GAME #2 – 12-10-11: Corpus Christi 3-5 Texas Tornado– Corpus Christi scored just 17 seconds into the game as Danny Fetzer wristed a shot past Joakim Jutras for the early 1-0 lead.  Jordan Lovick tied the game less than seven minutes later on the power-play and after the first period, the game was tied 1-1.  Joe Smereck gave Corpus Christi the lead on the man advantage just 0:53 into the second period with assists from Travis Maxwell and Perry D’Arrisso.  Texas put in two unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead until Travis Maxwell scored 21 seconds after the Tornado went ahead to tie the game 3-3.  Mico Solorzano notched a short-handed goal to give Texas the lead for good after two periods of play.  Texas went on for the 5-3 win. 

GAME #3 – 12-11-11: Corpus Christi 5-6 (OT) Texas Tornado– The Tornado led early in regulation in front of a big crowd in the American Bank Center as Lucas Whelan scored 2:06 into the first period for a 1-0 lead.  Texas added another goal at the 7:58 mark of the first period and the Tornado were rolling until Beau Walker put the IceRays on the board firing a slap shot past Joakim Jutras making it 2-1 after the first period.  The second frame was all Corpus Christi and started with a Frank Misuraca power-play goal 9:57 into the second period to tie the game 2-2.  Perry D’Arrisso had the scoring touch on Sunday scoring the next two goals for the IceRays, the first at 14:31 of the second period on a deflection, and the next with 1:34 left to go in the period on a rebound to give Corpus Christi a 4-2 lead heading into the third period.  Texas stormed back to tie the game until AJ Jarosz gave the IceRays the lead again with just 3:08 left in the game.  Texas though came back to force overtime, and with 2:42 left in the five minute overtime, Jordan Greenberg won the game for the Tornado.  

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:
Friday December 30th

           – Frosty Friday – Half off 20-ounce domestic beer and 24-ounce soda.
Saturday December 31st

           – Caller Times Family Four Pack Night – Purchase four tickets for $34. 

 

AROUND THE SOUTH DIVISION:
                       

 

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

WPCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

Amarillo

30

23

3

4

50

.833

124

68

656

8-1-1

15-2-3

Texas

30

19

5

6

44

.733

112

78

668

11-2-3

8-3-3

Topeka

30

18

10

2

38

.633

104

83

624

7-4-1

11-6-1

Corpus Christi

25

11

12

2

24

.480

73

77

582

8-5-2

3-7-0

Odessa

27

10

13

4

24

.444

58

78

506

8-8-1

2-5-3

Wichita Falls

27

9

16

2

20

.370

63

87

477

6-5-1

3-11-1

New Mexico

29

8

19

2

18

.310

79

137

508

5-9-1

3-10-1

 

CORPUS CHRISTI’S RECORDS AGAINST THE SOUTH:

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

ICERAYS LEADERS:
GOALS: Eric Purcell – 11
ASSISTS: Jarosz, Weis, Ginley – 12
POINTS: AJ Jarosz – 17
PLUS/MINUS: Travis Maxwell – +5
PENALTY MINUTES: Ladislav Hruska – 51min
SHOTS: Beau Walker – 72
WINS: Anthony Stolarz – 8
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Anthony Stolarz, 2.56
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Anthony Stolarz, .922

 

ROAD WIN… The IceRays picked up a much needed road win on Friday night as they continue to jostle fourth place in the South Division with the Odessa Jackalopes.  Corpus Christi held on for a 3-2 victory against the Texas Tornado. 

ANOTHER BIG CROWD…On Grades for Blades night presented by Grande Communications, the IceRays drew a Sunday crowd of 4,069

WALKER, D’ARRISSO SHINE…Beau Walker and Perry D’Arrisso had a big weekend for themselves as they combined for nine points.  D’Arrisso scored two goals in Sunday’s overtime loss, while Walker tallied the game winner on Friday night in Frisco, Texas. 

WHAT’S ON TAP…  Corpus Christi is on the road this Friday and Saturday night in New Mexico as they take on the Mustangs at 8:05PM CST.  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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