AMARILLO, TX – Since the Amarillo Bulls returned from the North American Hockey League South Division, they have been unbeatable. Just ask their South Division opponents.
The Amarillo Bulls posted their eighth straight win versus divisional rivals on Saturday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Paul Berrafato stopped all 29 shots in faced including some terrific chances in the third period to spark the Bulls past the Corpus Christi IceRays 4-0.
The Bulls improved their record to 8-2-1 and pulled to within two points of the first place Wichita Falls Wildcats in the South Division. Mitchell McPherson, Matt Sieckhaus, Kyle Gattelaro and Tyler Gernhofer scored for the Bulls which held a slim 2-0 lead entering the third period.
“I was very happy with our goaltending this weekend,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “Anytime you can contain an opponent to one point in the two games says a lot about our guys commitment to blocking shots upfront and on defense. Our goalies made some saves when we needed them. We got some timely power play goals when we needed them in the third period as it was clicking very well.”
It was a slow start to the opening period with several icing calls between the two teams. The Bulls jumped out to a quick lead thanks to a pair of goals 2:12 apart. Mitchell McPherson scored his first goal of the season with help from Brady Ferguson and Brendan McGuire. A short time later, Matt Sieckhaus scored his fourth goal of the weekend from Tyler Gernhofer and Roman Ammirato. The Bulls outshot the IceRays 14-9 in the first period, including 9-1 in the first 10 minutes.
The second period saw the IceRays gain momentum and climb back into the game by spending time inside Bulls’ territory. There was no scoring but the IceRays outshot the Bulls by the identical shot differential in the first of 14-9.
Paul Berrafato made some big saves early in the third period to keep the Bulls firmly in command of the game. The power play erupted again with more offense. Kyle Gattelaro scored from Mike Davis and Brady Ferguson at 8:07.
The Bulls rounded out the scoring with a second straight power play goal. Tyler Gernhofer batted the puck from the high slot area in front of the net to round out the scoring. Matt Sieckhaus and Brendan Vetter added assists on the play.
It was Pink in the Rink Night in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Bulls donned pink jerseys that were very successfully auctioned off after the game with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“I thought all in all it was a good weekend and we have to continue to build off of it and grow as a group,” said Williams. “I told the guys to enjoy the night’s festivities and the jersey auction, but we have to get back to work on Monday.”
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Corpus Christi IceRays 36-29, including 13-10 in the third period. Each team had four power plays apiece with the Bulls netting the lone two markers.
It’s back on the road next weekend for the Amarillo Bulls as they head to Hidalgo TX and State Farm Arena to face the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. The games are set for Friday, and Saturday at 7 pm and 6:35 pm. Fans can tune into the game live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey beginning with pre-game coverage at 6:45 pm and 6:15 pm, respectively.
Hockey returns to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday Nov. 1 and Saturday Nov. 2 versus the Topeka RoadRunners at 7 pm. The Friday game is United Way Night and Saturday there will be $1 hotdogs.
Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information on group rates call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.