Weekend Preview: IceRays Hit Road Against Amarillo

The IceRays will conclude the regular season matchups with the Amarillo Wranglers on Friday and Saturday night.  The games for Corpus Christi come after five straight against Odessa, which went three to two in the favor of the Jackalopes.

Matchup History

Corpus Christi has played six games against Amarillo this season.  The first four matchups, all before the holiday break, went the way of the Wranglers. The last time these two teams met, the Rays swept Amarillo at American Bank Center.  With a sweep this weekend for Corpus Christi, the season series would be tied at four wins aside.

Scouting Amarillo

Amarillo started the season red hot as they were first in the south in December.  Since their first visit to American Bank Center, the Wranglers have struggled dropping all the way to seventh place in the division.  They come into the weekend on an eleven-game losing streak and only collecting five points over their last seventeen games played.

IceRays Recent Power Play Success

Since the series in Shreveport in mid-January, the IceRays have found their grove on the man-advantage.  In 31 power play attempts over the past nine games, the IceRays have struck for eleven goals.  This puts the Rays percentage at 35.5% during that span.  The recent success also has boosted the IceRays power play from 29th in the NAHL to 23rd.

South Division Standings Implications

The IceRays push toward the Robertson Cup Playoffs has Corpus Christi sitting outside of the picture at the moment.  They sit five points back of fifth place and the Wichita Falls Warriors.  This weekend’s games are of the utmost importance as the Rays need to get points from the teams beneath them in the standings like Amarillo.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 both nights in Amarillo.  Coverage of this weekend’s games can be found on Brewster Street Radio and HockeyTV with coverage starting at 6:45 pm both nights.