AMARILLO, TX – It was a huge bounce back weekend for the Amarillo Bulls as they collected four points and moved back into second place in the North American Hockey League’s South Division standings. The Bulls began their march with a 3-0 win over the Wichita Falls Wildcats and then in front of a sellout crowd on Sunday night, beat the Corpus Christi IceRays 6-3.
UPCOMING GAMES:It is a busy week of hockey for the Amarillo Bulls with three games in three nights. It starts on Thursday at home against the New Mexico Mustangs at 7 pm. That closes out a five game home stand. It’s then back on the road and a trip to Corpus Christi to face the IceRays on Friday and Saturday night.
THURSDAY NIGHT HOME GAME PROMOTION:A trio of home ice wins in a row is what the Bulls will be looking for on Thursday night when they host the New Mexico Mustangs at 7 pm at the Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. It’s Buy One, Get One Free for all members of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce. There will be a Chamber Social in The Corral from 5:30 pm to Puck Drop. Chamber members are being asked to RSVP through the Bulls office by calling 806-242-1122.
GOT TICKETS?:Tickets for all Amarillo Bulls home games are available at Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets, Civic Center Box Office or online at www.amarillobulls.com. If you are looking for group rates, flex packs or if your business would like to inquiry about advertising and marketing with the Bulls, please call our office at 806-242-1122.
UPCOMING BROADCAST SCHEDULE:Fans can tune into all three games this week on the Amarillo Bulls Hockey Network. Thursday and Friday’s games start with the Bulls Warm Up Show Presented By Wayland Baptist University at 6:45 pm. Play-by-play action will follow at 7 pm. Please note there is a special start time for Saturday night’s game in Corpus Christi. Pre-Game Show coverage begins at 7:30 pm with puck drop set for 7:45 pm.
SONIC SUNDAY A SUCCESS:Amarillo’s first free hockey game was a resounding success as Sonic Sunday featured a nearly full Amarillo Civic Center. The day started off with an Ice Cream Social for Season Ticket Holders courtesy of Sonic and then lots of hard hitting hockey action. The Amarillo Bulls would like to thank all of those fans who attended the game.
BULLS RADIO SHOW:The Amarillo Bulls Radio Show is live tonight (Monday) from Beef O’Brady’s located at 34thand Coulter from 6 pm to 7 pm. Join Denis J. Puska, Head Coach Dennis Williams and Assistant Coach Rocky Russo for a recap of the weekend and a preview of the next upcoming games. This week’s player guests are forwards Sean Keane and Taylor Ward. Fans can tune into the program on ESPN1440 and www.amarillobulls.comfueled by Sportsjuice.
POWER PLAY EFFICIENCY:The power play was an effective part of the Bulls success on the ice this weekend. The Bulls struck for four power play goals in 19 attempts and have a total of seven tallies in their last four games.
SECOND PERIOD IMPROVES:The middle stanza continues to be an area of improvement for the Amarillo Bulls especially over the past seven games. The Bulls have outscored their opponents 12-8 overall, including 5-0 in the last two games.
THE NEXT EIGHT GAMES:It is an interesting next three weeks for the Amarillo Bulls as they will play eight games with seven of them coming against teams lower than them in the standings. The Bulls face the New Mexico Mustangs three times at home, the Corpus Christi IceRays and the Wichita Falls Wildcats each twice on the road. A big showdown is looming on the horizon on Saturday, Feb. 12 when the Bulls visit the Texas Tornado.
AMARILLO BULLS 3 – WICHITA FALLS WILDCATWS 0:Two power play goals and the goaltending of Nikifor Szczerba was all the Bulls needed to blank the Wildcats 3-0. Derek Hills and Joe Kozlak tallied on the man advantage, while Michael Erickson scored even strength. Szczerba stopped all 33 shots he faced. Sean Keane, who the Bulls picked up in an acquisition earlier in the week, had two assists. Matt Johnson also set up two of the three goals.
AMARILLO 6 – CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS 3:Five goals over the final 40 minutes lifted the Bulls past the IceRays 6-3. Amarillo trailed 2-1 after the first period, but took command in the second with three goals in a five minute span. Joe Kozlak and Cody Freeman each had two goals, while Matt Johnson and Derek Hills earned singles. Brandon Lubin and Sean Keane each had two assists.