ODESSA, TX – Resilience…
It has become one of the hallmark traits of the Amarillo Bulls this season. That resilience came into play through the weekend but more importantly in the third period on Friday night at Ector County Coliseum.
The Amarillo Bulls rallied from a 2-0 third period deficit to beat the Odessa Jackalopes 3-2 for their first road win of the season. A 17 shot third period was rewarded as Charlie Singerhouse got the Bulls to within one and then Joey Molinaro tied the game late. In the shootout Molinaro and Brady Crabtree scored and Anton Martinsson turned aside both attempts he faced.
The win by the Bulls concluded a three game set on a positive note following two tough losses 4-2 and 7-4. Amarillo now returns home for a four game home stand starting Halloween Weekend.
It was a fast skating opening period between the two rivals that were playing their third game in as many nights. The Bulls had their legs early and tested goaltender Dean Shatzer who denied Zach Sarnowski on a chance near the midway mark of the stanza. At the other end, Anton Martinson was busy but he only had to make the first save as his teammates cleared the puck away. Each team had 9 shots on goal in the first stanza and a power play aside.
The hometown Jackalopes were able to break through scoring with two goals 1:28 apart. The Bulls lost sight of the puck along the wall and it was worked over to Eric Carreras who’s shot found the top shelf. A short time later, Oliver Celec’s screen shot eludes goaltender Anton Martinsson and it was 2-0. Nick Santoro, Liam Ferguson and Phil Fromberger with quality chances in front but goaltender Shatzer was able to denie. Odessa outshot Amarillo 12-8 in the 2nd period.
It was a dominating final frame for the Bulls firing everything they had towards the Odessa net. Forward Charlie Singerhouse scored his third goal in as many games when he scored on a rebound at the 10:10 mark. Keenan Sabatini and Joey DiBenedetto earned assists on the play. The Bulls kept charging and Odessa found them hard to stop. Joey Molinaro scored on a great shot from Johan Lundgren in the final five minutes of the game. Lundgren started the play by keeping the puck inside the Jackalopes end. The Bulls outshot the Bulls 17-5 in the period.
Overtime was also dominated by Matt Nicholson’s charges as they fired more shots towards the net. The Bulls were converting Odessa turnovers and getting odd man rushes up the ice.
Odessa started the shootout and was denied by Anton Martinsson. Joey Molinaro gave the Bulls the only goal they would need when he cleanly beat Shatzer. After the Jacks missed their second attempt, Brady Crabtree put an exclamation point on the comeback by scoring.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Odessa Jackalopes 41-27. There were six total power plays with the Bulls going 0 for 4 and Odessa was 0 for 2.
A four game homestand begins for the Amarillo Bulls next Friday and Saturday when they face the Lone Star Brahmas at 7 pm at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets or online at www.panhandletickets.com. For further information on Group Rates, Full or Half Season Tickets and 10 Game Flex Packs, call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.