AMARILLO, TX – A new day and a new game…
That was the tonic the Amarillo Bulls needed on Saturday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Jason Grande stopped all 26 shots he faced and the Bulls potted one goal in the first and two more in the final 20 minutes to blank the Lone Star Brahmas 3-0 and get a split of the weekend series.
The Bulls came out with a spring in their step during the game after getting beaten by the Brahmas 6-1 on Friday night. Rocky Russo’s charges battled from the opening night until the final horn and had the defending Robertson Cup National Champions in retreat mode for most the contest.
Marcus Chorney, Jon Russell and Collin Price netted goals for the Bulls while Jason Grande was stellar in goal turning aside all of the Lone Star opportunities.
“That’s the character, heart and work ethic that we are made of,” said Bulls Head Coach Rocky Russo. “To take the beating we took last night and to respond, play as well as we did was really promising to what this team is going to bring to this town all year. I’m proud of the guys and I’m glad they gave the fans a good showing tonight.”
The line of Brett Abdelnour, Steven Rex and newly added Devin Pepe proved to be a hard line to stop for the opposition and helped it generated the first scoring chance and the game’s first goal. Abdelnour and Rex worked the puck in deep and threw it to the high slot area where defenseman Marcus Chorney fired a hard shot past Mitchell Gibson to make it 1-0. The Brahmas at 13 first period shots but all of them were turned aside easily by rookie goaltender Grande.
The Bulls game got stronger as the night went along including a standout middle stanza. There were several opportunities to increase the lead by two or three goals including the power play thanks to hard work from players such as Steven Ipri, Jason Brancheau and Jon Russell, but Mitchell Gibson stood his ground. Amarillo outshot Lone Star 15-7 in second period.
Special teams ignited the Bulls attack in the third as Russell deflected home a point shot from Brendan Michaelian and Marcus Chorney. Down the stretch, the Bulls defense tightened and Grande sealed up the net. In the final 28 seconds Collin Price collected the puck near center and fired it into the empty net.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Lone Star Brahmas 33-26. There were seven combined power plays with the Bulls going 1 for 2 and the Brahmas were 0 for 5.
A four game home stand resumes for the Amarillo Bulls next Saturday and Sunday when they take on the Corpus Christi IceRays at 7 pm at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. It’s Scouts Weekend, as Troops and Packs are invited to book their tickets through the Bulls Office. Sunday is Faith and Family Night and the first $1 hotdogs of the season.
Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates, Season Tickets or Corporate Marketing Partnerships, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.