AMARILLO, TX – Through the first half of the game the Amarillo Bulls kept with the Lone Star Brahmas hoping to post their second win in row. But the second half proved to be the Bulls undoing on Saturday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. The Bulls surrendered five consecutive goals after tying the game 2-2 and lost 7-2 to the Lone Star Brahmas.
Cody Gylling and Elijiah Barriga earned goals for the Bulls in the contest in the middle stanza. Special teams were again the big story in the contest as the Brahmas connected on four power play goals, while the Bulls could just manage one and failed to score on a key five on three early in the first period.
The Bulls record dropped to 3-6-2 for eight points and remained tied with the Odessa Jackalopes and the Wenatchee Wild.
Special teams dominated the opening period as there were a total of six power plays. The Bulls had a five minute man advantage early in the game but couldn’t get anything on goal. The Brahmas jumped out to a 1-0 lead when they netted one goal at the side of the net, beating Anton Martinsson.
The Brahmas outshot the Bulls 15-5 with most of those shots coming on the power play. There were two big hits in the game one behind the net by Mitchell McPherson and a second one from Ruslan Rhakmatov at the Lone Star blueline.
It was a wild second period with a combined five goals scored between the two teams. After the Brahmas took a 2-0 lead 30 seconds into the stanza, the Bulls rallied with two goals just over 90 seconds apart. First Cody Gylling on the power play from Ruslan Rhakmatov and Kasper Emmuelsson at 10:09 and then later Elijiah Barriga from Connor Wood and Paul Vella. The second goal was set up by terrific hard work by the young players that got the puck to the front of the net. Lone Star netted the next two goals after that to restore a 4-2 advantage. The first was even strength after the Bulls couldn’t clear their zone and the second was on a man advantage just after a 5 on 3 kill had expired. Amarillo outshot Lone Star 11-10 in the second period.
Both teams came out hard in the third period, but it would be the Brahmas scoring on a long distance shot to make it 5-2 that would quash any Bulls comeback attempt. Lone Star added two more goals in the final six minutes of the third period to round out the scoring.
The Lone Star Brahmas outshot the Amarillo Bulls 37-21 including 12-5 in the third period. The Bulls were 1 for 5 on the power play, while the Brahmas were 4 for 9.
The Amarillo Bulls return to home ice on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 to continue the seven game homestand when they host the Corpus Christi IceRays at 7 pm. The first 500 fans on Friday revceive magnet schedules. The Bulls will wear specialty jerseys in support of Amarillo Youth Hockey and an auction follows immediately following Saturday’s game.
Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates, Full or Half Season Tickets or 10 Game Flex Packs, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.