AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls finished off 2013 in grand style on New Years’ Eve.
Delighting a crowd of nearly 3,000, the Bulls netted two second period goals to snap a 1-1 tie and went on to double the Lone Star Brahmas 6-3 at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center.
The victory was the Bulls second in a row and propelled them into sole possession of first place in the South Division, one point ahead of the Wichita Falls Wildcats.
Mike Davis and Carter Penzien each had two goals for Amarillo, while Brady Ferguson, and Timmy Moore added singles. Forward Ryan Stevens had three assists while Joe Grabowski set up two others.
The Amarillo Bulls dominated the scoring opportunities in the opening 20 minutes, but it took them a bit to get to goaltender Jett Salinas. The Lone Star Brahmas netted the game’s first goal when a player was left uncovered in the slot area. Just over two minutes later, the Bulls pulled even with a power play goal. Mike Davis scored on a rebound from Brendan Vetter and Joe Grabowski. The Brahmas managed just four shots on goal in the stanza.
It was another solid second period by the Amarillo Bulls scoring twice to take a two goal lead. Tim Moore notched his second of the season with a high shot under the cross bar from Ryan Stevens at 6:24. Five minutes later, Mike Davis scored on a similar play from Ryan Stevens firing a shot that eluded Jett Salinas that sent him out of the game and replaced by TJ Black. The Bulls outshot the Brahmas 21-7 in the period.
The third period was wide open and featured five goals. Carter Penzien gave the home side a 4-1 advantage when he finished off a great pass from Brady Ferguson and Kyle Gattelaro at 8:55 mark. The Brahmas netted a shorthanded goal to cut the deficit to two. There were three goals in the final three minutes of play. Brady Ferguson scored from Carter Penzien and Kyle Gattelaro to give Amarillo another three goal lead at 5-2. After Lone Star reduced the deficit once again, Carter Penzien tapped a goal into an empty net to round out the scoring.
The Amarillo Bulls doubled the Lone Star Brahmas in the final shot total 55-25. There were 10 power plays with the Bulls going 1 for 6 and the Brahmas were 0 of 4.
It’s another busy weekend of hockey ahead for the Amarillo Bulls on home ice with a pair of games starting Friday against the Corpus Christi IceRays at 7 pm. The Bulls will be wearing special heritage jerseys all weekend with an auction to be held at the conclusion of the game on Saturday night with proceeds to benefit Amarillo Youth Hockey.
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, Seven Game Flex Packs or Corporate Marketing Partnerships, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.