ODESSA, TX – A wild third period didn’t go the way of the Amarillo Bulls on Saturday night at Ector County Coliseum.
The Bulls surrendered four third period goals including one into than empty net and dropped a 4-2 decision to the hometown Odessa Jackalopes. Austin O’Rourke and Trey Bagwell netted goals for the Bulls, while Jason Grande took the loss in goal.
It took nearly 35 minutes for the teams to finally hit the scoreboard and it was the visiting Bulls that went to work as Austin O’Rourke made a great move around goaltender Brett Epp and slid it into the net. Billy Duma earned an assist on the play.
After getting outshot 15-7 in the first period, the Bulls returned the favor having an edge in shots 15-12.
Special teams proved unkind to the Amarillo Bulls to start the third period as Odessa scored a power play goal in the first minute and then a short time later added a shorthanded marker. Zac Hermann and Dylan Johnson picked up those markers.
The Bulls turned up the intensity and hard work later in the stanza and were rewarded with a penalty shot as an Odessa player gloved the puck in the crease. Trey Bagwell continued with his hot hand lately for the Bulls and deposited that penalty shot into the net to tie the game.
Three minutes later Odessa took advantage of an odd man rush and scored to take the lead when Matt Brown scored on a rebound.
The Bulls pushed down the stretch and had the goaltender pulled in the final minute. There was a mad scramble near the front of the net but somehow the puck stayed out. In the dying seconds of the game Odessa’s Peyton Frantti scored into an empty net.
The Amarillo Bulls were outshot by the Odessa Jackalopes 37-32. The two teams combined for nine power plays with the Jackalopes getting the lone goal.
The Amarillo Bulls begin a four-game home stand on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10 vs. Shreveport Mudbugs at 7 pm. Friday is the return of the Family Four Pack for $44 and Bring A Bud Pack for $22. It’s also Scout Night with discounted tickets for troops and packs.
Saturday is First Responders Night Presented By ER Now. Free Tickets for First Responders, while Family Members pay $8. There will be displays on the concourse and a vehicle parade during the intermission. It’s also the 2ndScout Night.
Tickets for all home games are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations, including United Supermarkets or by calling 806-242-1122.