AMARILLO, TX – A third period rally powered the Amarillo Bulls to a split in the first two games of the Robertson Cup NAHL South Division final in Topeka over the weekend. The series shifts scenes to Amarillo for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Friday.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE:The Amarillo Bulls host the Topeka RoadRunners this Thursday and Friday at 7 pm at The Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center as the Best-Of-Five South Division Final resumes. This series is tied 1-1.
BULLS RADIO SHOW AT BEEFS:Don’t miss another playoff edition of the Amarillo Bulls Radio Show live at Beef O’Brady’s located at 34thand Coulter. Join host Denis J. Puska along with Head Coach Dennis Williams, Assistant Coach Rocky Russo and two players. This week’s guests are forward Zack Smoot and Captain Derek Hills. Listen to the show on ESPN1440 and also online for free at www.amarillobulls.com.
GET YOUR PLAYOFF TICKETS:Fans can purchase tickets for Games 3 and 4 of the South Division Final from all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets, Civic Center Box Office or online at www.amarillobulls.com. To purchase single game tickets, inquire about group rates or 2011-2012 Season Tickets, please call The Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 or visit 901 South Buchanan.
UPCOMING BROADCAST SCHEDULE:Fans can catch games three and four of this South Division Final on Thursday and Friday live on ESPN1440 and for free at www.amarillobulls.com. Both games begin with Prelude To The Playoffs Presented By Wayland Baptist University at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska has the action at 7 pm. The games are also available on Pay-Per-View courtesy of Fast Hockey, and a high speed internet connection is required in order to view them.
IF THE SERIES GOES THE DISTANCE:If a fifth and deciding game is needed between the Amarillo Bulls and the Topeka RoadRunners, it would be played on Monday, April 25 at 7 pm at the Kansas Expo Center-Landon Arena. That fifth game would change the Bulls broadcast line-up and there would be no radio show on that night.
2011-2012 AMARILLO BULLS SEASON TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE:It’s not too early to start thinking about next season as 2011-2012 Season Tickets are now available. If you purchase or put a deposit down on Season Tickets before the end of April, your name will be entered into the draw to win a trip for two to Las Vegas. For Season Ticket prices, visit www.amarillobulls.comor call 806-242-1122.
SUCCESS IN TOPEKA:It doesn’t matter how the Amarillo Bulls go about doing it, they are still successful in picking up wins in the state of Kansas. For the fourth time, including the regular season and playoffs, the Bulls earned a split of two games against the Topeka RoadRunners. The only difference between this playoff confrontation and the regular season was the way the Bulls went about getting the split. Topeka collected the win in game one, while the Bulls were victorious in the second game.
SPECIAL TEAMS WORKING MAGIC:The powerplay for the Amarillo Bulls has certainly found post-season success. The Bulls have netted nine goals on the man advantage which leads all remaining playoff teams. In the penalty killing department, the Bulls are fourth among playoff teams, surrendering five goals and an efficiency of 85 per cent.
SOUTH DIVISION FINAL REWIND:
GAME 1: AMARILLO BULLS 2 @ TOPEKA ROADUNNERS 3, OVERTIME: It was a great start to the game for the Amarillo Bulls when Brandon Lubin scored on the power play to make it 1-0. Topeka tied the game in the second and took the lead in the third. The Bulls pulled even in the final two minutes of regulation time when Matt Johnson scored on a great feed from Zack Smoot. The RoadRunners won the game with a goal about three-quarters of the way through overtime.
GAME 2: AMARILLO BULLS 4 @ TOPEKA ROADRUNNERS 3:What a comeback for the Amarillo Bulls as they tallied four goals inside of three minutes to even the series. The RoadRunners had a 3-0 advantage until midway through the third. TJ Sarcona started the Bulls comeback followed by Dan McDougall and then Zack Smoot to tie the game. Cody Freeman notched the game winner and the defense, along with goaltender Nikifor Szczerba did the rest.