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Texas Tornado - Corpus Christi Icerays Preview

The Texas Tornado will come off their Christmas break looking to get back on the winning track following their loss to Odessa to close out the season’s first half. The Corpus Christi Icerays will visit the Dr Pepper Arena on Friday and Saturday to start the second half of the NAHL season for both clubs. The Icerays are coming off a sweep of Odessa on the road after being swept at home by the Tornado the previous weekend.

So far this season the Texas Tornado are 5 – 1 – 0 against Corpus Christi and have outscored the Icerays 25 – 14 in those six games. The lone loss to Corpus Christi came in Frisco back on November 9. One thing the Tornado will need to be cognizant of is the Icerays tendency to release a forward on the penalty kill resulting in a breakaway. The Icerays have scored four short handed goals against the Tornado in their six meetings.
Last 5 Games    W    L    OTL    Pts
Texas

 4

 1

 0

 8

Corpus Christi

 3

 2

 0

 6

Special Teams

The Texas Tornado home powerplay continues to lead the league with a 25.4% efficiency, converting on 16 of 63 powerplays. They will be up against the Icerays road penalty kill that currently sits at number eight in the league allowing nine goals on 64 times short handed for 85.9%. The Corpus Christi road powerplay is ranked fifth in the league just three percentage points behind the Tornado home powerplay at 22.4% on 13 goals in 58 powerplays. The Tornado home penalty kill on the other hand is eleventh in the league at 85.2% killing off 52 of 61 opportunities. The difference in the special teams play may well be the shorthanded goals where Corpus Christi has seven on the season to rank second in the league while Texas has just two to rank 16th.

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

GP

W

L

OTL

SO

GA

GAA

SV

SV%

Texas

5

4

1

0

0

12

2.40

108

.900

Corpus Christi

5

3

2

0

0

17

3.40

169

.909

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games) 

Texas   G        A      Pts   
Louie Row   5    2    7
Scott Conway   1    6    7
Jackson Leef   0    6    6
Justin Greenberg   4    1    5
Corpus Christi
Rudy Sulmonte   4    3    7
Perry D’Arrisso   3    4    7
Charles Baldwin   3    3    6
AJ Jarosz   2    3    5
Michael Economos   2    3    5

The Tornado are 6 – 4 – 1 in the last ten games while the Icerays are 5 – 4 – 1.

The Texas Tornado have five players ranking among the top 25 scorers in the league. Brandon Hawkins 38 points (25G – 13A), Jackson Leef 35 points (5G – 30A), Justin Greenberg 34 points (15G – 19A), Scott Conway 32 points (9G – 23A) and CJ Reuschlein 28 points (12G – 16A).

The Icerays Rudy Sulmonte is tied for third in the league in shorthanded goals with 3 and Charles Baldwin is tied for sixth with 2. Both Baldwin’s have come against the Tornado.

Tornado forward Jason Eddy is second in the league in PIMs with 106 while Icerays forward Michael Economos is fourth with 90.

Texas Captain Jackson Leef’s 30 assists leads the league and rookie Brandon Hawkins leads the league with 25 goals.

Hunter Leisner leads the league in Wins 18, Minutes Played 1570:56 and is second in Saves 692.

Since their last meeting on December 8, the Icerays have released forwards Tommaso Bucci and Bryce Lewan. Bucci had played in all six games againstTexasand had 2 points (1G – 1A); Lewan had played a single game with no points registered.

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