AMARILLO, TX – For the second time this season, the Amarillo Bulls have suffered back-to-back losses.
The Amarillo Bulls surrendered an early second period power play goal and another goal into an empty net and dropped a 2-0 decision to the Texas Tornado on Saturday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. It was just the Bulls seventh loss of the season. The only other time that Amarillo has had back to back losses was early February to New Mexico Mustangs and the Wichita Falls Wildcats.
“It was a tough game,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “I thought Texas played well and our guys did too. They capitalized on their one power play opportunity and we had a couple of chances in the second period but couldn’t burry them. We came on strong in the second period, but just couldn’t get the offense when we needed it in the third.
“It is nothing for us to panic about, that was a good hockey team out there. It was a good playoff type game, and we just fell short.”
The opening 20 minutes was a feisty and hard hitting one. There were several skirmishes and two fights that broke out. The teams battled hard but no goals were scored. The Bulls outshot the Tornado 13-10.
The Tornado opened the scoring just over six minutes into the second period when they converted a power play attempt with a shot from the blue line.
The Bulls had two goals waived off in the final seconds of the stanza. First Jude Warner’s opportunity was disallowed when the referee indicated that the net came off its pegs before the puck crossed the line. In the dying seconds, Brandon Lubin wired a shot from the point that the officials said hit the post and didn’t go in.
In the third period, the Bulls offense couldn’t get on track and generate scoring chances. In the final 90 seconds the Bulls pulled their goaltender looking for the equalizer. Texas scored in the final 35 seconds into an empty net to round out the scoring.
There were six total power plays in the contest with the Texas Tornado going 1 for 4, while the Bulls were 0 for 2.
Next week is a busy one for the Amarillo Bulls with three games. It starts on Wednesday when Amarillo travels to Wichita Falls to face the Wildcats at 7 pm at Kay Yeager Coliseum. Fans can listen to the game live on ESPN1440 and www.amarillobulls.com beginning with the Bulls Warm Up Show Presented By Wayland Baptist University at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska has the exciting play by play call at 7 pm.
The Bulls then return to home ice to host the Corpus Christi IceRays on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, Mar. 17 at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Both games begin at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the Bulls Hockey Office located at 301 South Polk, Suite 101 in the Amarillo Building, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets. For further information on Group Rates, or Playoff Packages, please call The Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 or visit www.amarillobulls.com.