ANOTHER ONE GOAL LOSS FOR THE BULLS
WICHITA FALLS, TX – One goal losses have not been kind to the Amarillo Bulls this season. On Saturday here at Kay Yeager Coliseum, a shorthanded goal late in the second period proved to be the difference maker as the Bulls fell to the Wichita Falls Wildcats 2-1.
It was the 15th one-goal game for the Bulls this season and the eighth loss. The Bulls have been involved in combined 22 one and two goal games during the 2015-16 campaign.
Charlie Singerhouse netted the lone Bulls’ goal early in the third period. It was also the first shorthanded goal scored by the Bulls this season. Anton Martinsson did everything he could to give his team a chance to win the game by stopping 41 of 43 shots he faced.
It was a slow start to the period for the Bulls, but they did manage to pressure the Wildcats’ defense. Tyler Gernhofer rifled a shot off the side of the post, while Zack Sarnowski had his opportunity denied by Justin Kapelmaster. At the other end, Anton Martinsson was busy with shots from the perimeter. The Wildcats outshot the Bulls in the scoreless first period 17-6.
An unfortunate bounce led to the Wildcats netting the game’s first goal. A puck went off the stick of Keenan Sabatini right to Jonathan Lazarus who was able to score. Later in the stanza, a Bulls power play started well but it didn’t end that way as Austin Beaulieu scored his team’s sixth shorthanded goal to make it 2-0. There were plenty of shots in the second period as the two teams combined for 29. The Bulls continued to push forward but were denied by the hard work of goaltender Kapelmaster. The best chance near the end of the period as Brady Crabtree’s shot from the point was deflected by Michael Forman towards the net.
The Bulls hard work on the penalty kill led to their lone goal of the game as Charlie Singerhouse was sent in on a breakaway and he pushed the puck and the goaltender across the goal line to give his team life. In the final five minutes, Amarillo poured on the pressure and put everything they had at Kapelmaster. Joey Molinaro had a desperate dash down the ice in the final minute of the game but his attempt was stopped by the defense and the goaltender to preserve the win.
Despite outshooting the Wichita Falls Wildcats 10-8 in the third period, the Bulls fell short in the final total 43-27. The teams combined for six power plays with neither team being able to score.
The Amarillo Bulls are off this coming weekend one of two set for the second half of the season. The team returns to action on Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center against the Wichita Falls Wildcats. Friday’s game is Superheroes Night presented by Liberty Tax Service, while Saturday’s game is sponsored by Marble Depot.
Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including all United Supermarket locations. For further information on Group Rates, 10 Game Flex Packs, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.