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IceRays Storm Back to Win Game 1 at Amarillo

April 12, 2019 - North American Hockey League (NAHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

AMARILLO, Texas - Twice down by three goals, the Corpus Christi IceRays rallied Friday night to win Game 1 of the South Division Semi-Finals, 6-5, against the Amarillo Bulls inside the Budweiser Bull Pen at Amarillo Civic Center. Che Landikusic recorded two third-period goals, including giving the IceRays their only lead of the night with just 2:21 remaining.

Blake Bennett, Kyle Moore and Mitch Walinski each recorded one goal and one assist. Goaltender Brian George stopped 26 of 28 shots in a relief victory. The IceRays scored on three of their four total shots on goal in the third period.

2019 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs - South Division Semi-Finals

1-Amarillo Bulls vs. 4-Corpus Christi IceRays

Corpus Christi leads best-of-five series 1-0

Gm. 1 Friday, April 12 at Amarillo W 6-5

Gm. 2 Saturday, April 13 at Amarillo 6:05 PM

Gm. 3 Thursday, April 18 AMERICAN BANK CENTER 7:05 PM

*Gm. 4 Friday, April 19 AMERICAN BANK CENTER 7:05 PM

*Gm. 5 Monday, April 22 at Amarillo 7:05 PM

*if necessary

Amarillo grabbed an early 3-0 lead thanks to a pair of goals by Gabriel Seger (1:18, 12:39), plus a Jake Willets power-play goal sandwiched between (4:35). The IceRays added a power-play goal of their own at 15:03 when Mitch Walinski scored seven seconds into Corpus Christi's first man advantage of the contest.

The Bulls went back up by three at 10:32 of the second period when Seger completed a hat-trick effort with a power-play goal bounced through the five hole. But Corpus Christi responded just over a minute later, as Blake Bennett scored on Kyle Moore's rebound at 11:43, then Bennett set up Moore for a goal of his own at 16:43.

Landikusic tied the game, 4-4, just 36 seconds into the third period, roofing a shot over Amarillo netminder Jason Grande's glove. Ryan Lautenbach regained the lead for the Bulls at 5:03, but Austin Koss brought the game back to a tie score at 10:19.

The game-winning tally came on a give-and-go-and-give-again drive down the ice by Landikusic and Walinski. From just below the right circle, Landikusic fired a shot past Grande's glove to complete the comeback.

Amarillo outshot Corpus Christi by a 42-31 margin.

The IceRays will host a Game 2 watch party presented by Domino's Saturday at Sing Bar Karaoke Lounge (formerly Players Lounge + Bar) at 7114 Saratoga Blvd. During the Game 2 watch party, free pizza will be provided by Domino's and IceRays season membership holders can pick up their playoff tickets.

All tickets for the playoff home games are just $10 each courtesy of AutoNation. Tickets are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets and the American Bank Center box office. A select number of complimentary ticket vouchers are available to fans at all AutoNation locations within the Corpus Christi area. Visit goicerays.com/playoffhub for a full list of locations or more information.

All playoff games, home and away, can be heard live on Sportsradio Corpus Christi (1230 AM - 95.1 FM - 96.1 FM) and mixlr.com/icerays, as well as viewed in HD on HockeyTV (iPPV).


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