FRISCO, TX – Nikifor Szczerba stopped 33 of 34 shots in his return and the Amarillo Bulls scored four goals in the first 25 minutes of the game and beat the Texas Tornado 4-1 on Wednesday night at the Dr. Pepper Star Center in Frisco, TX.
It was the Bulls 14th win of the season and fourth on the road this season. This game was the best 60 minute effort by the Bulls in a long time as they strung together three excellent periods of hockey.
Goaltender Szczerba missed last weekend due to injury and was outstanding in his first game back. He stopped all but one shot he faced. His best work was in the first 40 minutes that kept the Tornado off the scoreboard.
It didn’t take long for the Amarillo Bulls to get into the scoring as Dan McDougall’s 55 foot wrist shot beat goaltender Jimmy Kruger. The Texas goaltender was then pulled from the game. The Bulls were not done as Chris Cass got behind the Texas defense and scored at the 10:51 mark from Joe Kozlak.
For the second time in their last four games the Bulls had a solid second period. Amarillo tallied twice in the first three minutes to extend the advantage to 4-0. First, Luke Jenkins scored on a wrist shot at 1:18 and then Karl Beckman with his second of the season at 2:46. Beckman’s shot went through a maze of legs into the back of net.
In the third period the Bulls had to kill of several penalties and the Tornado would score on a power play goal late in the game to round out the scoring.
The Amarillo Bulls penalty killing was outstanding killing off all but one of the Tornado power play. Texas was 1 for 14 while the Bulls were 0 for 2. The Tornado had eight power plays alone in the third period.
The Amarillo Bulls continue their holiday weekend of hockey on the road when they visit the Topeka RoadRunners on Friday and Saturday night at the Kansas Expo Center at 7 pm. Fans can tune into the action live on ESPN1440 and www.amarillobulls.com fueled by Sportsjuice beginning with The Bulls Warm Up Show at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska has the play-by-play action at 7 pm. The game is also available on Pay Per View via Fast Hockey. A high speed internet connection is required in order to view the game.