(Photo: Troy Young)
The Wildcats and IceRays conclude their season series with two games this weekend. When the two teams last met the weekend after Thanksgiving, Wichita Falls claimed a 5-2 win against the IceRays on Nov. 29, before Corpus Christi bounced back with a 4-2 win the next night. When the teams first met in Corpus Christi at the end of October, Wichita Falls earned a 2-1 victory in a shootout thanks to some stellar play from David Zevnik, who made a season-high 38 saves on Oct. 25, but then stumbled to a 4-1 loss in the weekend finale on Oct. 26. Colin Staub has three goals in four games played against Corpus Christi, while Will Vosejpka has three assists in the four previous meetings between the two squads this season. David Zevnik is a perfect 2-0-0 against the IceRays in 2013-14, with a 1.51 goals against average and a save percentage of .949. On the other side, Martin Hojberg (3-1—4), Tony Roisum (1-3—4) and Nick Monfils (1-3—4) have all had success against the Wildcats thus far.
Checking up on Corpus Christi
The IceRays enter this weekend’s action in fifth place in the South Division, but are currently on a three-game winning streak. Corpus Christi followed up its road win against the Wildcats on Nov. 30 with a road sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes last weekend, notching 4-0 and 4-1 wins on Dec. 6 and 7 respectively. Ben Myers stopped 47 of 48 shots he saw on the weekend, while Martin Hojbjerg and Jake Durlfinger both potted a pair over the two games. Hojbjerg has been on fire as of late, with a 4-6—10 line in his last five outings to fill the void left by Maurin Bouvet, who is currently representing France at the U20 level. In 30 games played, Hojbjerg has 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points, all of which represent team-highs. Ben Myers has started between the pipes in eight of the last 10 games for the IceRays; in 19 total games played, Myers is 6-8-4 with a 2.38 goals against average and .922 save percentage.
Look Back at Lone Star
Wichita Falls enters this weekend’s action after posting a convincing win against the Lone Star Brahmas on Wednesday. The Wildcats got goals from six different skaters to beat the Brahmas 6-2 in their final home game until Jan. 17. Jake Townsend had a season-high three points, Tyler Ledford, Will Vosejpka and Josh Haverstrom each notched a goal and an assist and Chase Munroe made 20 saves on 22 shots for his eighth win of the season. Munroe also chipped in on offense, as he received credit for an assist on Ledford’s empty-net goal in the third period, marking the first point of his career. With the win, the Wildcats took over sole possession of second place in the NAHL South Division and now sit just four points behind first-place Amarillo, with 37 points in 30 games played.
Leddy Lights the Lamp
With his empty-net goal against the Brahmas on Wednesday, Tyler Ledford has now found the back of the net in two-straight games after a stretch of nine games without a goal. It marks the first time he has accomplished that feat this season, but it is not the first time in his Wildcats career he has scored in consecutive contests. Ledford notched tallies in back-to-back games twice during the 2012-13 season, with both instances coming against the Odessa Jackalopes. The El Dorado Hills, Calif.-native scored thrice in a two-game span against the Jacks on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, before notching a goal in each of the Wildcats contests on Feb. 22 and 23.
Fans may follow the weekend’s action in a variety of ways. Video streaming is available on FASTHockey.com, with an audio-only broadcast available by visiting our Ustream channel. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@WFWildcats) for score updates throughout the contest.