BLAINE, MN – The Amarillo Bulls surrendered two goals in the final five minutes of the game, and dropped a 4-3 decision to the Fresno Monsters in their second game at the North American Hockey League Showcase on Thursday night in Blaine, Minnesota.
The Bulls record dropped to 1-1 and will look for their second win on Friday night when they face the Port Huron Fighting Falcons at 8 pm.
Amarillo had a 3-2 lead entering the third period of play and couldn’t score on a 5 on 3 that could have extended the advantage. Fresno scored back-to-back goals just over 4 minutes and 30 seconds apart to take the lead. The Bulls pulled their goaltender in the final minute but failed to get the equalizer.
In the opening period, the Bulls notched the first goal when Zack Smoot followed up a loose rebound and put it in the back of the net at the 7:07 mark. Joe Kozlak and Mitch Rogge added assists on the play.
The Fresno Monsters had their best opportunity to score on a breakaway but their forward was denied by goaltender Greg Lewis.
After the Monsters tied the game early in the second period, the Bulls took over, scoring two goals just 29 seconds apart.
First, newcomer Terrance Johnson, who was added to the roster late last night, scored on assits from Steven Oberzanick and Chris Cass. Cody Freeman made it a 3-1 contest when he scored unassisted. Fresno added a goal on the power play to make 3-2.
The Fresno Monsters outshot the Amarillo Bulls 26-23 including 15 to 5 in the second period. The Bulls had the shot advantage in both the first and third periods. Amarillo was 0 for 8 on the power play while the Monsters were 1 for 4.
The Amarillo Bulls take on the Port Huron Fighting Falcons on Friday night at 8 pm in their third game of the Showcase. Fans can tune into the action on ESPN 1440 AM beginning with the pre-game show at 7:45 pm. The game is also available on Pay-Per-View courtesy of Fast Hockey, but a high speed internet connection is required to view the contest.
In just over a week the Amarillo Bulls will play their home opener against the Texas Tornado at 7 pm at the Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Season Tickets, Flex Packs and Single game tickets are currently available and for further information call 806-242-1122 or visit www.amarillobulls.com