Bulls Back In Second Following Weekend Play

 AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls collected two points over the weekend and with a little help are in second place in the North American Hockey League’s South Division. The Bulls beat the Corpus Christi Ice Rays 4-1 on Saturday night, while the Texas Tornado lost 3-0 to the Wenatchee Wild in Wenatchee, WA. The Bulls and the Tornado trail the Topeka RoadRunners by six points in the division. The RoadRunners managed just three points in games against Springfield.

 BULLS BACK HOME THIS WEEKEND:The Amarillo Bulls return to the cozy confins of The Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center this weekend for a pair of games against the pesky New Mexico Mustangs. The face-off is set for 7 pm on Friday and Saturday night.

 UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:On Friday night, all children who enter the game will receive a free Bulls Tattoo. Saturday’s game is sponsored by Suddenlink Communications and the first 500 fans will receive Thundersticks. One lucky fan could win a Blue-Ray DVD player during that game.

 RADIO SHOW:Hooters joins the Amarillo Bulls Radio Show family by hosting the show tonight (Monday)  from 6 pm to 7 pm. Join the voice of The Bulls Denis J. Puska, Head Coach, Dennis Williams, Assistant Coach, Rocky Russo and two players. This weeks’ guests are Derek Hills and Zane Popiluck. Fans can tune into the show live on ESPN1440 and at www.amarillobulls.com.  

 GET YOUR TICKETS:Tickets for all Amarillo Bulls games are available at a variety of locations, including all Panhandle Ticket Outlets, United Supermarkets, Civic Center Box Office or online at www.amarillobulls.com. For further information on group rates, flex packs, birthday party packages or to purchase single game tickets, please call the Bulls office at 806-242-1122.

 BULLS JANUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH:Fans are encouraged to vote for the Reid’s Appliance Services Bulls Player of the Month for January. The candidates up for consideration are forwards Joe Kozlak, Cody Freeman, Matt Johnson and TJ Sarcona. To cast your ballot visit www.amarillobulls.com, the winner will be announced on Friday night.

 STATS PACK:

NEW MONTH FOR THE BULLS: The month of January couldn’t end soon enough for the Amarillo Bulls as they finished with a mark of 4-5-1. Their first losing mark for a month this season, following four straight winning records. The month of February features a total of eight games with four on the road and four on home ice. The road games include two trips to Wichita Falls, one to Frisco, to face the Texas Tornado, and a return visit to New Mexico. The home schedule has confrontations against the New Mexico Mustangs and the Corpus Christi IceRays.

 BULLS BITES ROUND-UP:The Amarillo Bulls posted their 22nd South Division win on Saturday night. That currently ranks tied for third along with the Owatonna Express in the NAHL behind the leaders Alaska Avalanche, 24, and the St. Louis Bandits, 23. The Bulls have also cracked the top 10 in Shots for in the league with 33 per game. Bulls forward Mitch Rogge leads the team with 50 shots on goal on the road, while Joe Kozlak has 62 shots on home ice.

 WEEKEND REVIEW:

NEW MEXICO MUSTANGS 4 – AMARILLO BULLS 3:The New Mexico Mustangs notched the winning goal in the final two minutes of regulation time to slip past the Amarillo Bulls 4-3 on Thursday night. The Bulls rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to tie the game 3-3 before the Mustangs scored late off of a face-off win. Matt Johnson notched two goals, while Joe Kozlak added the single marker. Derek Hills had two assists.

CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS 3 – AMARILLO BULLS 2:Despite playing a strong game, a third period goal again sent the Amarillo Bulls to defeat on Friday night. TJ Sarcona scored for Amarillo early in the first period, and then later to tie the game 2-2 early in the third period. Cody Freeman had two assists.

 AMARILLO BULLS 4 – CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS 1:Two power play goals lifted the Amarillo Bulls past the Corpus Christi IceRays on Saturday night. Mitch Rogge, Brooks Behling, and Joe Kozlak each had a goal and an assist for the Bulls. Derek Hills goal late in the second period gave the Bulls a 2-0 advantage they wouldn’t relinquish. The Bulls fired 43 shots on net, including 37 in the final 40 minutes. Michael Erickson also chipped in two assists and Nikifor Szczerba stopped 32 of 33 shots he faced.