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Texas Tornado – Corpus Christi Icerays Preview


The Texas Tornado have been on a roll since the end of November winning 9 of their last 10 games including a sweep of the NAHL league leading Amarillo Bulls last weekend. Texas will hit the road this weekend for a pair of games against the Corpus Christi Icerays who are coming off a home sweep against Odessa at the American Bank Center.

So far this season Texas is 7 – 1 – 0 against Corpus Christi and have outscored the Icerays 35 – 16 over the eight games. The Tornado faced the Icerays four times in December with 7 – 2 and 5 – 3 wins in Corpus Christi followed by 6 – 1 and 4 – 1 wins on the home ice of the Dr Pepper Arena.

Last 5 Games    W    L    OTL   Pts
Texas

4

1

0

8

Corpus Christi

3

2

0

6

 

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The Texas Tornado powerplay has been great on home ice but has not played quite as well on the road. They road powerplay is currently ranked 8th in the league at 17.9%, converting on 14 of 78 opportunities. Texas may have a chance to improve on those numbers this weekend as they will face an Icerays home penalty kill that currently sits at number 19 in the league allowing 19 goals on 87 times short handed for 78.2%. The Corpus Christi home powerplay is ranked 9th at 16.9% on 11 goals in 65 powerplays. The Tornado road penalty kill on the other hand is 5th in the league at 88.2% killing off 60 of 68 opportunities. Adding to the Icerays penalty killing woes is the fact that they are the second highest penalized team in the league averaging 24.62 penalty minutes per game whileTexas is eighth at 20.22 per game.

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

GP

W

L

OTL

SO

GA

GAA

SV

SV%

Texas  Tornado

5

4

1

0

0

8

1.60

105

.929

Corpus Christi

5

3

2

0

0

20

4.00

130

.867

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Texas Tornado   G      A      Pts   
Scott Conway   1    6    7
Brandon Hawkins   5    1    6
Drew Mayer   4    2    6
Justin Greenberg   2    1    3
Corpus Christi Icerays   
Perry D’Arrisso   5    4    9
Beau Walker   1    6    7
Rudy Sulmonte   3    1    4
AJ Jarosz   2    2    4

 

The Icerays have been Tornado forward Brandon Hawkins’ number one victim this season as he has scored 11 of his NAHL league leading 29 goals against Corpus Christi.

The Texas Tornado have four players ranking among the top 25 scorers in the league. Brandon Hawkins 43 points (29G – 14A), Scott Conway 38 points (10G – 28A), Justin Greenberg 37 points (17G – 20A) and Captain Jackson Leef 37 points (5G – 32A). Corpus Christi has a single player among the top 25 in Rudy Sulmonte 33 points (16G – 17A).

One category where the Icerays stand out is in short handed goals scored. Rudy Sulmonte is tied for third in the league in shorthanded goals with 3 and as a team they are tied for second with 7.

Tornado forward Jason Eddy is second in the league in PIMs with 125 while Icerays forward Michael Economos is seventh with 92.

The Icerays have struggled somewhat on the American Bank Center ice where they are 7–10–1 while on the road they are 8–4–4.

Jason Eddy has a +12 rating to lead all players in the head to head matchups.

Jackson Leef’s 32 assists places him second in the league, he is also second in the league in powerplay assists with 15.

Hunter Leisner continues to lead the league in Wins 22, Minutes Played 1814:46 and Saves 790. In his last five games he has a 1.19GAA and a .952SV%.

Corpus Christi averages 3.18 goals for and 3.56 goals against per game while Texas averages 3.84 goals for and 2.57 goals against.

The Tornado have won all three shootouts they have been in this season while the Icerays have lost all four of their’s.

The second period with the long change has been the weakest for Corpus Christi this season as they have been outscored 52 – 40 in the period. The Tornado will look to take advantage of the weakness since the second has been their best period of the season with them outscoring opponents 55 – 32.

 

 

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