AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls seven game home stand ended on a rough note on Saturday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center.
The Bulls surrendered five goals in the first 40 minutes and dropped a 7-1 decision to the Topeka RoadRunners. The home stand ended with a mark of 3-4, and it was also the Bulls seven straight home loss to Topeka dating back to last year’s regular season and playoffs.
Will Harrison broke Drew Vogler’s shutout bid late in the third period when he scored on the power play.
The Topeka RoadRunners scored the game’s first two goals to grab a 2-0 lead. The first one was on a cross-ice pass on the power play with eight minutes played in the stanza while the second one was on a high shot from the point, five minutes after that. The Bulls had their chances in the first period, including one by Charlie Combs who was robbed at the side of the net. Topeka outshot Amarillo 13-10.
In the second period, the RoadRunners added to their lead with three more goals including one that goaltender Jacob Weatherly had a hard time clearing resulting in an easy put back into the net. Topeka’s two other goals were tallied via even strength and the power play. The Bulls again pressed forward but couldn’t break through on the score sheet. The RoadRunners netted two more goals before the period was out to extend the lead to 5-0. The fourth one chased goaltender Weather who was replaced by Anton Martinsson.
The third period didn’t go much better for the Bulls as Topeka scored another to make it 6-0. Will Harrison gave the home side something to cheer about when he scored on a one-timer from Charlie Combs and Adem Arifi. The RoadRunners added one more to round out the scoring.
There was a total of 195 minutes in penalties including 142 by the Bulls. A line brawl took place early in the third period that created much of those penalties. The RoadRunners were 2 of 17 and the Bulls were 1 of 9. Topeka outshot Amarillo 46-28 including 18-9 in the third period.
The month of November doesn’t get any easier for the Bulls as they head out on a big road swing beginning in Wichita Falls to play the Wildcats next Friday and Saturday at 7 pm at Kay Yeager Coliseum. Next home action for the Amarillo Bulls is Saturday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 16 when the Bulls host the Odessa Jackalopes for the first time this season. It’s a big weekend with Saturday a night to salute the Veterans on Military Appreciation Night and then Sonic Sunday concluding activities.
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.panhandletickets.com. For further information on Group Rates call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.