FRISCO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls fired six unanswered goals to erase an early 2-1 first period deficit and went on to rout the Texas Tornado 7-2 at Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco Texas on Friday night.
“It was a good two games for our guys, especially when you can come in and hold a club like that to two goals in each,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “Our penalty killing and discipline has to be a little bit better. Five-on-five hockey is what we want to be doing. We kept our cool down the stretch and played a good third period of nothing hockey with shots 6-1. We wanted nothing more than to get through that third and not get anyone hurt or have any suspensions.”
The Bulls won their 14th of the season and moved to within two points of first place in the South Division. It was also Amarillo’s fourth straight win versus the Tornado and second by a 7-2 score. Amarillo will conclude their three game week tomorrow (Saturday) night when they host the Odessa Jackalopes at 7 pm.
It was a wild opening period with a total of five goals being scored. Amarillo netted the game’s first marker in the first 75 seconds when Ryan Cole shot home a rebound from Brady Ferguson and Omar Mullan. After Texas tied the game on another power play goal and took the lead a short time later — James Bonaguro scored his first in an Amarillo uniform when he tipped home Connor Frey’s shot to tie the game 2-2. Carter Penzien picked up an assist on the goal. Late in the stanza the Bulls retook the lead when Penzien scooped up a loose rebound and put it in the back of the net from Tyler Deresky at 17:33. The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Texas Tornado 15-9 in the first period.
The Bulls came out flying in the second period with three goals in a three minute span. Tyler Deresky extended the lead to 4-2 when he scored on the power play from Mike Davis and John Rey. Two more goals were added 52 seconds apart. Brandon Flood scored on a feed from TJ Sarcona and then Matt Sieckhaus from Flood and Deresky. The Bulls outshot the Tornado 13-6.
In the third period the Bulls tightened up and didn’t let the Tornado get anything going. The Bulls netted their seventh when Geoff Fortman scored via the power play from TJ Sarcona and Connor Frey.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Texas Tornado 34-16 including 6-1 in the third period. There were 15 total power plays with each team scoring once.
The Amarillo Bulls make their return to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center tomorrow (Saturday) night when they host the Odessa Jackalopes at 7 pm. It’s Texas Panhandle Pet Savers Night. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets. For further information on Group Rates, Birthday Party Packages or Corporate Marketing Partnerships please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.