Bulls Win On Walinski Hat Trick



AMARILLO, Texas – Mitch Walinski recorded a hat trick as part of a four-point outing (3+1) to lead the Corpus Christi IceRays to a 4-3 comeback win against the Amarillo Bulls Sunday at the Budweiser Bull Pen. Walinski tied the game with 9:39 remaining, then Che Landikusic (1+2) registered the game-winning goal off a feed from Walinski with 3:36 left. Samuel Vyletelka made 39 saves.
With the win, the IceRays inched closer to a playoff berth. Corpus Christi (27-28-2-1, 57 pts.) hosts the Topeka Pilots (23-27-3-5, 54 pts.) in a pair of games next weekend to close the regular season, and the IceRays need just one point against the Pilots to secure a playoff spot. If the IceRays make the postseason, they would be the #4 seed in the South Division and face the #1 seed Bulls in the first round of the 2019 Robertson Cup Playoffs.
Walinski opened the scoring 3:29 into the game, cashing in on an end-wall feed from Landikusic. Brendan West tied the game for the Bulls with his fifth goal of the weekend at 9:06, but Walinski regained the lead for the IceRays with a shot from the slot at 13:31.

Logan Jenuwine scored a pair of goals in the second period (3:33, 9:00) to give the Bulls a 3-2 lead. Jenuwine hit the 100-point mark with his second tally, a power play goal, while also increasing his NAHL all-time single-season goal record to 58.

Walinski completed the hat trick midway through the third period with a shot from the right point to tie the game, 3-3. Landikusic then registered the game-winning tally just over six minutes later with the assists going to Walinski and Jake Stella (0+2).

The IceRays now return home to close the regular season April 5-6 against Topeka.

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