AMARILLO, TX –There were a lot of firsts for the Amarillo Bulls on Saturday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Three players scored their first North American Hockey League goal and the Bulls notched their first two game winning streak of the season.
A four goal second period powered the Bulls past the Corpus Christi IceRays 6-3. It was the Bulls fifth win of the season and it moved them into a two-way tie for fourth place in the South Division standings.
Six different goal scorers figured in the Bulls offense with JJ Huerena, Adem Arifi and Paul Vella all netting their first goals of the season. Cody Gylling, Mitchell McPherson and Brady Crabtree added singles. Forward AJ Duggan notched three assists, while Huerena, and Mitch McPherson each had two assists. Anton Martinsson won his third of the season stopping 24 of 27 shots he faced. Martinsson held the IceRays scoreless through 40 minutes of play, but Corpus Christi rallied in the third to make the game closer thanks to three power play goalsl.
The Amarillo Bulls came out rolling probably played one of their better first periods in a long time. It didn’t take long for the Bulls to get into the scoring as Brady Crabtree drilled the puck into the net after IceRays goaltender Andrew Lingren was left scrambling. JJ Heurena and AJ Duggan got assists on the goal. The line worked hard in the opening period. The Bulls also did a great job defensively limiting the IceRays time and space in front of the net including some great work from Duggan, Kasper Emanuelsson and Jesper Synnelius. The Bulls outshot the IceRays 14-6
In the second period, the Bulls offence went to work scoring four goals on just nine shots. JJ Huerena scored on a play from Elijiah Barrigaa and JJ Huerena. Barriga then makes it 4-1 when he converts a feed from AJ Duggan and Ben Jentsch. Near the end of the second, Paul Vella was rewarded with his hard work by finding the net on a goal from Mitchell McPherson and Kasper Emanuelsson. At the end of the second period, the Bulls make it 5-0 when Cody Gylling scored shorthanded and unassisted. The Bulls outshot the IceRays 9-7 in the second period.
The third period featured a brief comeback from the Corpus Christi IceRays and they used the power play to do it, converting three opportunities to the back of the net in a span of 3.55. Two were scored on the Bulls 5 on 4 five minute power play by the IceRays.
That would be as far as the IceRays would get as Adem Arifi scored into an empy net from AJ Duggan and Mitchell McPherson.
The IceRays outshot the Bulls 1408 in the third period, while Amarillo had the shot advantage in the game 31-27.
Hockey is back at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center as the Amarillo Bulls host the Topeka RoadRunners on Halloween weekend. On Friday it’s Trick O’Treat at the Bulls game as fans can get dressed up in a costume contest.