CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii Sports) - It was a brutal night for the IceRays Thursday, as Corpus Christi was pounded by top-seeded Amarillo 5-1.
Amarillo might have scored the first goal, but the IceRays drew literally first blood when Brandon Smith gave the Bulls' Luke Jenkins an elbow to the face as he went by. Jenkins was down for a moment as blood poured on to the ice, but his Amarillo teammates took it out on Smith just moments later with a massive check.
The game saw an ejection just minutes later after the IceRays' Chris Taff took out the Bulls' Joe Kozlak. Kozlak's teammate John Rey took offense, taking down Taff and drawing an ejection himself.
The Bulls would get on the board with a Mike Erickson goal off the rebound and would go on to get several more in the final two periods. Perry D'Arrisso had the lone score for Corpus Christi.
The IceRays now hit the road for a pivotal two game-swing at Odessa Friday and Saturday. Corpus Christi leads Odessa by just five points for the final playoff spot.