Corpus Christi travels to the Texas panhandle this weekend for two games against the Amarillo Bulls. Both games on Friday and Saturday will start at 7:05 PM. Fans can catch the pre-game show at 6:50 PM each night with Ryan Holt on News/Talk 1440 KEYS, online at www.1440KEYS.com. The games will also be available through the league’s online video provider, www.FASThockey.com.
However, before you settle in and turn the games on this weekend, get caught up on what has happened between these two expansion teams this season:
SERIES RECORD: Amarillo (5-1-0)
09/26/10 Corpus Christi 5 at Amarillo 7
12/03/10 Amarillo 3 at Corpus Christi 1
12/04/10 Amarillo 5 at Corpus Christi 2
01/23/11 Corpus Christi 3 at Amarillo 6
01/28/11 Amarillo 2 at Corpus Christi 3
01/29/11 Amarillo 4 at Corpus Christi 1
THREE STARS IN THE SERIES:
Beau Walker – (6 GP, 2g-5a=7 points)
Sam Cheraso – (6 GP, 4g-1a=5 points)
Jordan Miller – (5 GP, 0g-5a=5 points)
Cody Freeman – (6 GP, 4g-6a=10 points)
Joe Kozlak – (6 GP, 5g-2a=7 points)
Zach Smoot – (6 GP, 5g-2a=7 points)
PROBABLE GOALIE MATCHUP:
CORPUS CHRISTI: Pheonix Copley – (4 GP, 1-3-0, 4.25 GAA, .880 Sv %)
AMARILLO: Nikifor Szczerba – (5 GP, 4-1-0, 1.88 GAA, .933 Sv %)
SPECIAL TEAMS NUMBERS IN THE SERIES:
CORPUS CHRISTI: PP – (6-29 = 20.7%) / PK – (27-34 = 79.4%)
AMARILLO: PP – (7-34 = 20.6%) / PK – (24-29 = 79.3%)
PREVIEW: Corpus Christi typically struggles in the opening period (30 goals in 47 games played), but they have had their best starts in games against Amarillo (7 first period tallies in 6 games).
However, the second period has been the team’s downfall as Amarillo has outscored the IceRays 8-2 in the six games played.
The IceRays will need to have a sense of urgency in this weekend’s series as just 11 games remain in the regular season. The team trails Wichita Falls by nine points with every point from here on even more valuable.