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Texas Tornado - Corpus Christi Icerays Game Preview

The Texas Tornado will look to build on their sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes last week when they welcome the Corpus Christi Icerays into the Dr Pepper Arena. The games this week are on Thursday and Friday evenings. So far this season Texas is 9 – 1 – 0 against Corpus Christi and have outscored the Icerays 41 – 19 over the ten games. The Tornado will need to keep up that dominance to pick up four points in their pursuit of the Topeka Roadrunners and first round home ice.

Corpus Christi is locked in a playoff race of their own with Wichita Falls for the fourth and final playoff spot. Last weekend, the Wildcats went into Corpus Christi and pulled three of a possible four points reducing the Icerays hold on the playoff spot to two points. So, the Tornado can expect the Icerays to be on top of their game as they attempt to hold off Wichita Falls.

Last 5 Games    W     L   OTL    Pts
Texas  Tornado

2

3

0

4

Corpus Christi

3

2

0

6

 

Special Teams

Corpus Christi is the second most penalized team in the league averaging 23.63 minutes per game, so the Tornado’s number one ranked home power play should see ample ice time this week. Texas’ power play unit has converted at a 23.2% rate with 23 goals on 99 opportunities. Texas also sports the number one ranked home penalty kill at 89.6% killing off 86 of 96 times short handed.

The Icerays’ road power play has been no slouch this season sitting at number 5 in the league on 19 goals in 103 opportunities. Their road penalty kill however, is tenth in the league at 86.1% allowing 17 goals on 122 times shorthanded.

In head to head meetings this season the Tornado have converted on six of 35 power plays while holding Corpus Christi to only two goals on 27 man advantages.

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

GP

W

L

OTL

SO

GA

GAA

SV

SV%

Texas  Tornado

5

2

3

0

0

16

3.20

138

.896

Corpus Christi

5

3

2

0

0

13

2.60

188

.935

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games) 

Texas Tornado     G         A        Pts    
Jackson Leef     2     6      8
Nick Neville     2     5      7
Brandon Hawkins     3     2      5
Max Shuart     3     2      5
Corpus Christi Icerays
Emil Romig     3     1      4
Rudy Sulmonte     1     3      4
Brandon Smith     1     3      4
Beau Walker     0     4      4

The Texas Tornado have four players who have eclipsed the 50 point mark on the season. Brandon Hawkins 56 pts (34G-22A), Jackson Leef 54 pts (14G-40A), Justin Greenberg 51 pts (23G-28A) and Scott Conway 51 pts (17G-34A). Corpus Christi has a single player over 50 points in Rudy Sulmonte with 51 pts (22G-29A).

Hawkins’ 34 goals leads the league while Leef’s 40 assists is third in the league.

Sulmonte is the lone Iceray with a positive plus/minus against the Texas Tornado at a +1.

Hunter Leisner is in a three way tie for the lead the league in Wins with 29, first in Minutes Played 2653:53 and second in Saves 1178.

Corpus Christi averages 3.00 goals for and 3.31 goals against per game while Texas averages 3.75 goals for and 2.70 goals against.

The Tornado have out outshot their opponents in every period this season with the second period having a +173 shots for differential. The Icerays have been outshot in every period with the second period having a -56 shots for differential.

Tornado veteran defenseman and Denver University signee Nick Neville is the reigning NAHL South Division Star of the Week. This is the second time this season that Neville has received the award.

Tornado veteran forward Drew Mayer has signed a commitment to play Division I hockey at Ferris State University starting with the 2014-15 season.

 

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