AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls will put home-ice advantage to the ultimate test starting tonight when they host the opening game of the 2012 North American Hockey League playoffs. The puck drop is set for 7 pm as the Bulls entertain the Odessa Jackalopes in Game 1 of the Best-Of-Five South Division Semi-Final Series at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center.
The Bulls won 22 games at home during the regular season and have home ice right through the South Division playoffs. The second game of the series will be played on Saturday night also at 7 pm.
Prior to the game, fans can enjoy free food, refreshments and music with a huge tailgate party in the back parking lot behind the Amarillo Civic Center on Buchanan Street starting at 6 pm. When the doors open, the first 1,000 fans will receive a rally towel.
During the regular season the Bulls dominated the season series with the Jackalopes, posting nine straight victories. Six of the nine games were decided by two goals or less and in two of the games the Bulls managed to score just one goal apiece. Forward Joe Kozlak led all Bulls’ goal scorers with eight, while Brooks Behling had 11 points (6 goals & 5 assists). Goaltenders Gregg Gruehl and Mike Taffe combined for a 1.33 goals against average in the nine games.
Odessa goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 302 saves in the nine games, while forward Tyler Paulson tallied four of the team’s 12 goals.
Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets. For further information on Group Rates or 2012-2013 Season Tickets, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.
Broadcast info:All games can be heard live on ESPN1440 and www.amarillobulls.com, beginning 15 minutes before the puck is dropped with Prelude To The Playoffs Presented By Wayland Baptist University. Denis J. Puska has the play-by-play action to follow. The games are also available on Pay Per View courtesy of Fast Hockey and a high speed internet connection is required in order to watch them.