AMARILLO TX – It was a tough weekend for the Amarillo Bulls as they were beaten in a home and home series with the Texas Tornado. The Bulls suffered a 3-2 defeat in Frisco on Friday night and then an 8-4 setback on home ice on Saturday. The losses dropped the Bulls record to 7-3-1 and into a three way tie for second place in the South Division with the Topeka Road Runners and the Texas Tornado. The three teams along with the St. Louis Bandits are currently tied for third in the overall standings with 15 points, trailing Fairbanks, Alaska, Janesville and Wichita Falls.
UPCOMING GAMES:There will be a showdown for second place over the weekend when the Amarillo Bulls entertain the Topeka Road Runners on Friday and Saturday night at 7 pm at The Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. These are the first meetings of the season between the two teams.
GET TICKETS:Tickets for both games are available at all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets, Civic Center Box Office or online at www.amarillobulls.com. Single Game Tickets, Group Tickets or Flex Packs are available at the Bulls Office located at 901 South Buchanan or by calling 806-242-1122.
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:It’s whiteout night this Friday night when the Bulls entertain the Road Runners. Fans are encouraged to come to the game dressed in white. The first 250 fans will receive a free white Bulls tee-shirt.
BROADCAST INFO: Both of the Bulls’ games this weekend can be heard live on ESPN1440 and Fast Hockey, beginning with The Warm Up Show Presented by Wayland Baptist University at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska will have the exciting play by play action at 7pm. For further information or to set up your free account visit www.amarillobulls.comand click on the Fast Hockey logo.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND:It was a Saturday night of many firsts for the Amarillo Bulls. For the first time this season, the Bulls went into the locker room trailing after the first and second periods.
STATS WORTHY:Joe Kozlak leads all Amarillo Bulls in shots on goal with 39, followed by Mitch Rogge and Derek Hills with 28. Forwards Matt Johnson and Cody Freeman are tops on the team with two game winning goals each. The Bulls currently sit third among NAHL teams with 45 goals for.
HOME ICE DOMINANCE:Heading into Saturday’s game, the Amarillo Bulls were one of four teams to have yet to lose on home ice in regulation, overtime or a shootout. That number quickly dwindled to just one as the Bulls were one of three teams to lose for the first time at home.
WEEKEND WRAP UP:
TEXAS TORNADO 3 – AMARILLO BULLS 2:The Amarillo Bulls saw a 2-0 first period lead evaporate in the first game and dropped a 3-2 decision in Frisco. The loss snapped the Bulls three game winning streak. Joe Kozlak and Luke Jenkins netted the Amarillo goals, while TJ Sarcona and Mitch Rogge earned assists. Two of the three Tornado goals were tallied via the power play. Bulls goaltender Nikifor Szczerba stopped 40 of 43 shots he faced.
TEXAS TORNADO 8 – AMARILLO BULLS 4:The Texas Tornado broke open a close 3-2 game in the second period with four consecutive goals en route to an 8-4 win over the Bulls at the Amarillo Civic Center. It was the Bulls first loss on home ice this season. The Bulls trailed 3-0 early in the second period and fought back to make a game out of it, but couldn’t get any closer. Scoring for Amarillo were Matt Johnson with a pair, while Kyle Sucher and Cody Freeman earned singles.