RAYS REPORT #14: WEEKEND SPLIT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

The Corpus Christi IceRays split the weekend with the New Mexico Mustangs after winning Friday night in shutout fashion 4-0.  Sunday, New Mexico picked up a 5-3 win that included an empty net goal. 

GAME #1 – 12-16-11: Corpus Christi 4-0 New Mexico – All the scoring in Friday night’s game came in the first period of action only.  Starting the scoring for Corpus Christi was Zachary Lindsay who netted his second goal in the NAHL just 1:24 into the game giving the IceRays an early 1-0 lead.  Ladislav Hruska let a rocket go from the point and scored his first goal as an IceRays to give Corpus Christi a 2-0 lead 3:44 into regulation.  Eric Purcell scooped up a rebound and beat goaltender Randy Graham to propel the IceRays into a three goal lead.  The final goal of the game was tapped in by Joe Ginley who gave the IceRays a 4-0 lead after the first period.  Graham was replaced in net by Jake Stafford who was perfect the rest of the game however the Mustangs could not beat Anthony Stolarz who stopped all 32 shots he faced for his first shutout of the year.

 

GAME #2 – 12-17-11: Corpus Christi 3-5 New Mexico – The IceRays started hot once again in this game and it was Zachary Lindsay who sparked the scoring with his third goal as an IceRays to give Corpus Christi a 1-0 lead.  Michael Dery scored his first goal in the NAHL on a rebound in front of the new to increase the lead 2-0.  Dery then struck once again with his second goal in the game, and in the NAHL on another rebound goal for a 3-0 lead.  That would be all the scoring for the IceRays as New Mexico stormed back starting in the second period as Charles Baldwin made it 3-2 at the end of two periods.  Brent Lafayette pulled New Mexico within a goal and then on a penalty shot 6:26 into the third period, Evan Johnston tied the game scoring on Chris KommaJayson Angus went top shelf to give the Mustangs the 4-3 lead then New Mexico added an empty net goal to secure the 5-3 win.

 

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

32

25

3

4

54

.844

132

71

711

9-1-1

16-2-3

Texas

32

20

6

6

46

.719

117

86

711

11-2-3

9-4-3

Topeka

32

19

11

2

40

.625

107

91

681

8-5-1

11-6-1

Corpus Christi

27

12

13

2

26

.481

80

82

633

8-5-2

4-8-0

Odessa

29

10

15

4

24

.414

61

86

587

8-9-1

2-6-3

Wichita Falls

29

10

17

2

22

.379

71

92

538

7-6-1

3-11-1

New Mexico

31

9

20

2

20

.323

84

144

565

6-10-1

3-10-1

 

CORPUS CHRISTI’S RECORDS AGAINST THE SOUTH:

AMARILLO: 1-2-0
NEW MEXICO: 4-2-0
TEXAS: 3-2-0
TOPEKA: 0-2-0
WICHITA FALLS: 1-3-0
ODESSA: 1-2-0

 

ICERAYS LEADERS:

GOALS: Eric Purcell – 12
ASSISTS: Weis – 14
POINTS: Purcell, Weis, D’Arrisso – 18
PLUS/MINUS: Brandon Smith – +6
PENALTY MINUTES: Ladislav Hruska – 70min
SHOTS: Beau Walker – 83
WINS: Anthony Stolarz – 9
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE: Anthony Stolarz, 2.42
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Anthony Stolarz, .926

SHUTOUT…Anthony Stolarz picked up his first shutout of the year stopping 32 shots as the IceRays scored four goals in the first period for a 4-0 win on the road Friday night in New Mexico.

FIRST GOAL…Ladislav Hruska notched his first goal in the NAHL on Friday night in the 4-0 shutout win.

FIRST TWO GOALSMichael Dery not only scored his first goal in the NAHL, but scored his first two goals in the NAHL on Saturday night.  Both goals were rebound shots in front of the net. 

PLAYOFF POSITION… With the win on Friday night, the IceRays overtook fourth place in the South Division which is the final playoff position.

WHAT’S ON TAP… Corpus Christi is on the road on December 28th as they take on the Texas Tornado at 7:30PM CST before returning home on December 30th and December 31st against Wichita Falls at 7:05PM 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.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”