AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls fired 50 shots on goal on home ice at the Budweiser Bullpen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Sunday night. But it wasn’t enough as the Corpus Christi IceRays got an overtime goal from Trevor Wilhelm to nip the Bulls 2-1 to take all four points on the weekend.
It was a game that featured a combined 81 shots on goal and spectacular play from goaltenders Chad Veltri of Corpus Christi and Brandon Bussi of the Bulls. Both of the teams had chances to win the game in regulation, but could not find the back of the net. Jon Russell and Josh Tripp scored for their respective teams in the opening period.
Special teams helped the visitors open the scoring midway through the first period when Josh Tripp found a loose puck in front of the net that the Bulls were unable to clear. Larry Jungwirth and Angus Scott worked the puck over to the goal crease to set up Tripp.
Late in the opening period, the Bulls got a fortuitous kind home ice bounce when William Wellin fired the puck off the boards and right on to the stick of Jon Russell who hammered a shot past Veltri to tie the game. The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Corpus Christi ice rays 14-7 in the first period.
There was no scoring in the second period but the game was played at a high tempo as teams battled hard. The Bulls best chances came off the power play as William Wellin fired a shot towards the front of the net, but Veltri came up with some very good saves. Amarillo outshot Corpus Christi and outplayed them to the tune of 22-15.
Special teams nearly decided the outcome of play late in the third period as the Bulls were called for two minor penalties giving the IceRays a five-on-three with 1:12 left in regulation. Bulls’ players did a great job sacrificing their bodies and blocking shots, preventing the ice rays from getting a good look at the front of the net.
In overtime the Bulls just killed off both of those penalties with some hard work. The teams were playing five-on-five hockey until the next whistle. Defenseman Trevor Wilhelm grabbed the puck near the blue line and slapped it past Brandon Bussi to win the game.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Corpus Christi ice rays 50-31 and there were a combined 12 power plays. Corpus Christi finished 1 for 8, while the bowls only had half of those chances and and ended 0-4.
One of the great rivalries in the South division is renewed next weekend as the Amarillo Bulls visit the Topeka Road runners at Kansas Expo Ctr., Landon arena. Fans can tune in the action live on CBS sports radio 1440 on line at www.amarillobulls.com and on pay-per-view with hockey TV beginning with pregame coverage on Friday and Saturday at 6:50 PM. The puck drop follows at approximately 7:17 PM.
The Amarillo Bulls return to home ice Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28 against the same Corpus Christi IceRays at the Budweiser Bullpen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Tickets are available at the Bulls office located at 301 S. Polk, Civic Center box office and all Panhandle ticket locations including United supermarkets or on line at www.panhandletickets.com. For further information on season tickets, group tickets or corporate marketing partnerships please call the Bulls office at 806-242-1122.