Bulls Take Night One of Three-Game Weekend
AMARILLO, Texas - The Corpus Christi IceRays fell to the Amarillo Bulls by an 8-2 final Friday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen at Amarillo Civic Center. Logan Jenuwine led the Bulls with three points (2+1), including setting a new all-time NAHL single-season record with 56 goals.
The two teams meet again in Amarillo Saturday at 7:05 PM and Sunday at 4:05 PM.
The IceRays did get closer to clinching a playoff berth thanks to Lone Star's 6-2 win at Topeka. The IceRays' magic number to secure a playoff spot dropped to three. The magic number goes down by points earned by the IceRays and points not earned by the fifth-place Pilots.
To start the game's scoring, IceRays forward Santeri Hartikainen picked up his team-leading 23rd goal of the season, scoring from the slot on the power play at 13:21 of the first period. The Bulls responded with 4.1 seconds left in the first period as Jenuwine scored his first of the night.
Amarillo broke the tie with three goals in a 59-second span in the second period. Jake Willets (6:22), Alex Peterson (6:57) and Nick Trela (7:21) found the back of the net to leap the Bulls to a 4-1 lead.
Just past the midway point of regulation, Blake Bennett tried to send a pass to Kyle Moore. The pass was blocked, but the puck bounced back to Bennett, who quickly fired a shot past Amarillo goaltender Jason Grande's blocker to bring the IceRays back within a pair.
Half of Amarillo's goals came in the third period. Jenuwine's record-setting goal was jammed in from the top of the crease at 7:23, then Willets (PP 11:28), Trey Bagwell (12:19) and Brendan West (PP 19:39) increased the lead for a six-goal victory.
The win marked the second time the IceRays allowed eight regulation goals in a game this season, with both instances occurring at Amarillo. The Bulls outshot the IceRays Friday by a 38-33 margin.
The IceRays and Bulls continue their three-in-three weekend Saturday, March 30 at 7:05 PM, with the pre-game show starting 15 minutes prior to faceoff. IceRays games are carried live on Sportsradio Corpus Christi (1230 AM - 95.1 FM - 96.1 FM), HockeyTV and Mixlr.
Following the Amarillo trip, the IceRays close out the regular season at home April 5-6 against Topeka on "Pack the House for Charity" Fan Appreciation Weekend benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Corpus Christi, presented by AFGE, The Storage Place, 1st Class Towing, H-E-B, Tukasa Creations and Ruben's Fleet Service. All tickets (best available) for Fan Appreciation Weekend are just $5 courtesy of Corpus Christi Downtown Management District. Stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/CorpusChristiIceRays), Twitter (@goicerays) and Instagram (CorpusChristiIceRays). Visit goicerays.com or call 361-814-PUCK (7825) for tickets or more information.
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