THE TEAMS: Odessa Jackalopes @ Amarillo Bulls
WHEN: Tonight 6 pm
WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center
PROMOTIONS: Two for Tuesday. Buy One Ticket get another one free. It's also $1 hotdogs.
TICKETS: Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. Please call 242-1122 to order tickets by phone.
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Fans can tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 5:45 pm. Puck Drop at 6 pm.
THE SERIES: This is just the second meeting of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Odessa Jackalopes. These two teams met twice in late September to open up the season for the Bulls at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. This game was scheduled to be played on December 8th but due to bad road conditions south of Amarillo it was postponed. The Bulls won the two games played 4-2 and 4-0.
The two clubs will meet again three more times after tonight with two coming in Odesa on Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25 and then a third time the Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Texas Panhandle.
WEEKEND REWIND: The Amarillo Bulls offense came alive this past weekend scoring 12 times in two victories over the Corpus Christi IceRays 6-2 and 6-3 on home ice. Ben Jentsch, Brendan McGuire (Army), Brendan Vetter, Brady Ferguson (Robert Morris), Mike Davis, Elijah Barriga, and Mitchell McPherson scored for Amarillo on the Friday night. The Bulls broke open a close 2-1 game with three markers in the second period.
In Saturday’s victory, Cody Gylling scored twice for the Bulls, while Kyle Gattelaro, Brady Ferguson (Robert Morris) and Timmy Moore (Robert Morris) had singles. This game featured 138 minutes in penalties including 100 minutes alone in the first 40. The contest took nearly three hours to play.
ODESSA’S LIGHT SCHEDULE: This is the Odessa Jackalopes third game since December 7th and after tonight won’t play again until January 17 and 18 in Corpus Christi. The Jackalopes have already played 16 home games in the first half of their season.
WHAT A TURNAROUND?: The Odessa Jackalopes are four wins better than their win total of a year ago of six. The Jackalopes have had several two game winning streaks and at one point had won four of five.
WHAT IS AT STAKE: A win by the Amarillo Bulls would push their South Division lead to six points over the Topeka RoadRunners and give them one more game played than their closest pursuers. A victory could also increase the overall lead in the NAHL by the Bulls to three points over second place Port Huron.
STREAKS AND STATS: Forward Brady Ferguson (Robert Morris) has eight points in his last four games (four goals and four assists). Defenseman Brendan Vetter has four assists in his last three games. The Odessa Jackalopes have yielded just one shorthanded goal against this season and that was on the road. The Jacks are one of five teams at home that haven’t given up a goal while on the power play.
SOUTH DIVISION HONORS: Forward Brady Ferguson’s six point week helped him earn the South Division player of the Week. Ferguson tallied three goals and three assists as the Bulls went unbeaten for the week at 3-0.
ALUMNI UPDATE: Two Amarillo Bulls Alumni skated on an ice surface at Fenway Park in Boston. Brooks Behling and Providence faced John and Hampus Gustafsson and Merrimack College. The teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie. Clint Carlisle scored Army’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Mercyhurst in NCAA action over the weekend. Tyler Deresky earned his first NCAA point, an assist, as Bentley dropped a 5-3 decision to TJ Sarcona and Niagara University. Forward Cody Freeman scored in the first period as Canisius College blanked Holy Cross 3-0. John Rey earned an assist on Robert Morris’ first goal in a 2-1 OT win over Sacred Heart.
In Division III action, forward Mike Erickson scored a goal and set up another as St. Olaf fell to Wisconsin-River Falls 4-2. Ryan Cole had a big game with a goal and four assists as Trinity College dumped Western New England University 10-1.