CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Corpus Christi IceRays fell 2-1 to the Amarillo Bulls via shootout Thursday at American Bank Center. Ty Black scored the lone goal of the shootout for Amarillo (11-4-1-1, 24 pts.). Cal Sandquist made 20 saves for Corpus Christi (9-7-2-3, 23 pts.).
With the win, the Bulls grabbed sole possession of fourth place in the South Division standings.
Shane Bull scored on the IceRays’ only shot on goal in the first period, firing a blocker-side shot past Amarillo goaltender Charlie Glockner.
The Bulls tied the game in the second period when Jordan Venegoni received a feed from Matt Allen and blasted a quick shot into the net.
Neither team scored in the third period as the IceRays went into overtime for a ninth time this season. In the shootout, Black scored in the first round for Amarillo, while Sandquist denied Lauri Sertti and Niclas Puikkonen. Glockner stopped shots from Evan Burkle, Artur Turansky and Cameron Knowlton.
The IceRays went 0-for-3 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill, with all but the first power play being abbreviated due to overlapping penalties.
The IceRays and Bulls complete their four-games-in-eight-nights series Friday night with a 7:05 p.m. CT puck drop at American Bank Center. Fans who bring five non-perishable food items to the Box Office to donate to the Coastal Bend Food Bank receive a free ticket to the game. Tickets for all 2019-20 IceRays home games are on sale now at the American Bank Center box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. All IceRays games can be heard on Sports Radio Corpus Christi 1230 AM – 95.1 FM – 96.1 FM (KSIX-AM/FM) and mixlr.com/icerays, and can be viewed on HockeyTV (HD iPPV). For more information on the IceRays, or to purchase tickets, visit goicerays.com or call 361-814-PUCK (7825). Stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/CorpusChristiIceRays), Twitter (@goicerays) and Instagram (CorpusChristiIceRays).