BULLS BATTLE HARD BUT FALL 1-0 TO TOPEKA
TOPEKA, KS – Heading into the final four games of the regular season the Amarillo Bulls lead in the South Division hangs by a single point.
The Bulls and the Topeka RoadRunners played another exciting close game on Tuesday night at Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena and one goal would decide the outcome. But it wouldn’t be the Bulls night as they dropped a 1-0 in the season series finale between the two teams.
After winning the first five games earlier in the season, the Bulls have fallen on hard times against their arch rival posting a mark of 0-5-2 with all games being decided by two goals or less.
The Bulls fired 21 shots on goaltender PJ Bridges including some terrific chances in the third period but couldn’t break through. Paul Berrafato made his second straight start against the RoadRunners and was spectacular with key saves to keep his team close throughout the night.
There was lots of flow between the two teams in the first as they played plenty of five-on-five hockey. There were just four combined power plays with each team having two. There were no goals scored but the RoadRunners had the edge in shots 10-5.
The Bulls best chances came on a pressure inside the Runners’ zone by Cody Gylling, Brendan McGuire, and Eric Purcell. Paul Berrafato was kept busy with some big saves including a stretch over to cover the far side of the net.
The second period was wide open with the Bulls carrying much of the play capitalizing on Topeka turnovers. But the RoadRunners notched the lone goal of the stanza scoring on a delayed penalty call. A Topeka player was left alone at the side of the net and scored on a one timer. Even though the Bulls had the territorial advantage, they were still outshot 11-8.
It was a wild final 20 minutes of play with the Bulls firing everything they could towards the Topeka net. Forward Tyler Gernhofer couldn’t convert near the front of the net as the Bulls scrambled to get the equalizer. In the final minute the Bulls pulled their goaltender and put a flurry of activity on goaltender Bridges but were unsuccessful.
The Amarillo Bulls were outshot by the RoadRunners 29-21. There were five combined power plays with no goals being scored as the penalty killing of both clubs was great.
In just two short days, its back on the ice for the Amarillo Bulls as they play their final two home games of the regular season. The Wichita Falls Wildcats visit the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm.
Saturday is Education Credit Union Teacher Appreciation Night with all Teachers getting a free ticket when they show and ID. It’s also Jersey Off Our Back Night and there will be the post game awards ceremony in The Corral.
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, 2014 playoff packages or 5th anniversary season tickets, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.