Weekend Preview: Corpus Christi vs. Wichita Falls (Games 52 & 53)

Teams: Corpus Christi IceRays (23-26-2-1, 49PTS) vs Wichita Falls (28-16-5-3, 64PTS)

Where: Kay Yeager Coliseum

Broadcast: HockeyTV.com (Home)

Tough Opponents: 

Corpus Christi has played Wichita Falls tough this season. Three games have been decided outside of regulation, with the IceRays collecting the extra point in each of those games. 

The Warriors have claimed two victories against them this season, both coming on the road and both coming after a defeat in the first game. More than one goal has decided only two of the six games between these teams. 

In One Goal Games: 

Keeping games close is an advantage for the IceRays as they are 12-3-2-1 in games decided by one goal. 

Wichita Falls has not been so fortunate, 3-3-5-3 in that statistic. 

The Warriors will be looking to claim the lead at the sound of the first-period buzzer, as they are 15-1-0-1 when leading into the second period. 

Strength vs. Strength: 

The Warriors have had great success on the man-advantage, while Corpus has had great success being a man down. 

Warriors are still top of the league in power-play percentage with a 29.2% success rate, while Corpus Christi has a top-five penalty kill, with an 84.2%. 

The IceRays have ten goals shorthanded, two of them coming on behalf of the Warriors on March 4th in the 5-4 Shootout loss. 

Players To Watch:

When these teams come together, Joseph Harguindeguy and Braden Rourke are leaders on their respective teams.

#24 Joseph Harguindeguy 6GP 3G 4A 7PTS

#26 Braden Rourke 6GP 4G 1A 5PTS

Look for these two players to be dynamic and vital parts of their team’s offense this weekend. 

Written by: Scott Masom