NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – A short-staffed Amarillo Bulls team surrendered four goals over the first 40 minutes and dropped a 6-1 decision to the Lone Star Brahmas at NYTEX Sports Center in North Richland Hills on Wednesday. The game concluded a schedule where the Bulls saw the Brahmas for three games over a six day period. It was the Bulls lone game of the week and will enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend off for the first time in franchise history before returning to action to face the Odessa Jackalopes in West Texas next Friday and Saturday Dec. 5 and 6.
The Bulls were missing three defensemen, including two due to illness and another to an upper body injury. Several players were also feeling under the weather with flu-like-symptoms forcing the Bulls to play with four defenseman.
AJ Duggan scored the lone Bulls’ goal that ended the shutout bid by TJ Black early in the third period.
It was a fast moving first period of hockey as the first minutes were played without a whistle. The Bulls came out with a good push on the power play and combination of Charlie Combs, Cody Gylling and company missed on a passing play near the front of the net. Will Harrison also had a terrific chance when his shot drifted wide. The Brahmas jumped out to a late 1-0 lead when a puck was deflected into the net behind Anton Martinsson. The Bulls were outshot by the Brahmas 13-5.
Lone Star extended their lead to 2-0, 17 seconds into the second period with a power play goal. Riley Christensen and Hogan Davidson got into a good scrap that seem to ignite the Bulls for a 10 minute stretch and they worked hard but unable to score. The Brahmas tacked on two goals 69 seconds apart to stretch their lead to 4-0. The third goal chased Anton Martinson who was replaced by Jacob Weatherly. Lone Star outshot Amarillo 7-6 in the second period.
In the first two minutes of the third period the Bulls converted a three on one break when AJ Duggan put in a rebound behind Black. Tristan Rostagno and Joey DiBenedetto earned assists on the play. The Brahmas rounded out the scoring with a pair of goals less than three minutes apart nearly five minutes after the Bulls had scored.
The Lone Star Brahmas outshot the Amarillo Bulls 30-17. There were seven combined power plays with the Brahmas going 2 for 3 and the Bulls were 0 for 4.
An important weekend for the Amarillo Bulls is coming up on December 5 and 6 when they face the Odessa Jackalopes at Ector County Coliseum at 7 pm. Fans can tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm. Amarillo Bulls hockey presented by Westgate Mall follows at 7 pm.
It won’t be long before hockey is back at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center when the Bulls host the Lone Star Brahmas at 7 pm. Saturday is Toys For Tots Teddy Bear Toss Presented By Walmart. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used Teddy Bear or Stuffed Animal to the game and when the Bulls score their first goal, throw the toys onto the ice in support of the great cause.
Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets, including United Supermarkets or online at www.amarillobulls.com. For further information on Group Rates, 10-Game Flex Packs or the Christmas Package, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.