AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls quest for a National Championship begins on Thursday night with Game 1 of the Best-of-Five NAHL South Division Semi-Final Series against the Texas Tornado at 7 pm. The Bulls concluded their final week of the regular season by posting two points in three games, including a 3-2 win over the Topeka RoadRunners to secure 2nd place and home ice in the first round. Amarillo dropped two hard-fought decisions 4-2 in Topeka, and then 3-1 to Texas Tornado in the regular season finale.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE:After a three-year absence, playoff hockey returns to the Texas Panhandle with Games 1 and 2 of the NAHL South Division Semi-Final Series as the Amarillo Bulls entertain the Texas Tornado. Face off for both games is at 7 pm.
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:The first 1,000 fans through the doors on Thursday receive a free playoff rally towel. Details on Tailgate activities will be known later on in the week.
RADIO SHOW:It’s all about the playoffs tonight on the Amarillo Bulls Radio Show live tonight (Monday) from Hooters from 6 pm to 7 pm. Join host Denis J. Puska, Assistant Coach Rocky Russo and players Brooks Behling and Zack Smoot. Listen to the show live on ESPN1440 and on the web at www.amarillobulls.com.
BULLS IN THE COMMUNITY:The Amarillo Bulls will have a booth set up at the 2nd annual Man Cave located at the Amarillo Civic Center on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be visits by the Bulls Mascots and the Bulls Buggy will also be on display. The Bulls will also be participating in the Autism Walk on Saturday morning at Sam Houston Park.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE:The first two games of the Best-Of-Five NAHL South Division Semi-Final Series will air live on ESPN1440 and www.amarillobulls.comfueled by sportsjuice. Both broadcasts begin with Prelude To The Playoffs Presented By Wayland Baptist University at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska has the play-by-play action at 7 pm.
GET YOUR PLAYOFF TICKETS?:Tickets for games 1 and 2 of the series on Thursday and Friday night at 7 pm are available at all Panhandle Ticket Outlets, including United Supermarkets, Civic Center Box Office, or online at www.amarillobulls.com. For further information regarding playoff group rates, or to purchase single game tickets, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 or visit 901 South Buchanan.
PURCHASE YOUR 2011-12 SEASON TICKETS?:It’s not too early to start thinking about Season Tickets for the 2011-2012 campaign. Prices start at $220 for Silver-End Zones; $295 for Red; $345 for Glass; $395 for Pit and Children 12 and under $160. For further information or to inquire about seat availability please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 or drop by 901 South Buchanan.
THE NUMBERS:The Amarillo Bulls have posted a record of 5-3 in eight games versus the Texas Tornado this season. The Tornado stopped a four game losing slide with a win on Saturday night. The Bulls proved in the series that they can win games either on home ice or on the road at the Dr. Pepper Arena.
AMARILLO BULLS 3 – TOPEKA ROADRUNNERS 2: Zack Smoot scored twice including the game winner to lift the Bulls past the Topeka RoadRunners on Wednesday night. The victory insured the Bulls a winning record at the Kansas Expo-Center Landon Arena this season. TJ Sarcona added the other Bulls’ goal and Matt Johnson had two helpers. Goaltender Nikifor Szczerba played well in net stopping 12 of 14 shots he faced.
TOPEKA ROADRUNNERS 4 – AMARILLO BULLS 2:The Amarillo Bulls surrendered three goals in the first 25 minutes of the game and dropped a 4-2 decision to the Topeka RoadRunners on Thursday night. Eric Millisor and Brooks Behling notched goals for the Bulls in the contest. Despite taking the loss, Gregg Gruehl had a solid game in net.
TEXAS TORNADO 3 – AMARILLO BULLS 1: TJ Sarcona tallied the lone goal in the Bulls 3-1 loss to the Texas Tornado on Saturday night. Amarillo hit two goal posts, a cross bar and had one goal called back. Texas scored two goals 24 seconds apart in the second period to break open a close 1-0 game.