FRISCO, TX – For the second consecutive year, the Amarillo Bulls are back in the Robertson Cup National Semi-Final.
Joe Kozlak and Michael Davis each scored twice as the Bulls dumped the Bismarck Bobcats 6-2 on Saturday afternoon to punch their ticket to one semi-final on Monday. The Bulls are uncertain who they will play on Monday or the time of the game. It will either be at 3:30 pm or 7:30 pm, pending the outcome of two other games today. Please check back at our website later on this evening for further information.
It was a huge bounce back win for the Bulls, rebounding from a disappointing loss on Friday afternoon. The Bulls played a solid game offensively cashing in on Bismarck mistakes and goaltender Mike Taffe kept his team in front.
“It was a good team effort,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “It was quite a high Thursday with the overtime win and then the low on Friday with that loss. We came back and showed that we do have a lot of good character and leadership on this hockey team to beat an opponent like this. Bismarck is a pretty good team. It was a great win for the guys.”
It was the Amarillo Bulls’ best first period of the Robertson Cup. The Bulls dominated the last 12 minutes of the PERIOD against the Bismarck Bobcats and were rewarded for their hard work. Michael Davis was left alone in the slot area and he converted a great pass from Tyler Deresky to make it 1-0 at the 11:35 mark.
Just 52 seconds into the second period, Joe Kozlak’s shorthanded sharp-angled shot beat goaltender Tommy Burke to make it 2-0. The Bobcats rallied to tie the game with two goals three minutes apart and it was a 2-2. Tyler Deresky gave the Bulls the lead for good when he made darted around the Bobcats defense and beat Burke. Late in the stanza, Joe Kozlak converted a Bismarck breakdown inside their own end and it was 4-2. Mike Davis, Karl Beckman and, Tyler Deresky, Matt Johnson had assists on the goal.
In the third period, the Bulls had to kill of three consecutive penalties. Down the stretch, the Bulls pressured the Bismarck defense and took valuable time of the clock. Brooks Behling tallied into an empty net in the final 11 seconds and then Michael Davis scored to round out the scoring.
“The guys found a way to adapt and overcame so much during the game,” Williams added. “The chips were against us except for our tremendous fans who have been here cheering us on. We appreciate their support.”
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Bismarck Bobcats 39-27 including 16-9 in the third period. There were nine total power plays in the game with neither team being able to score.
Sunday is an off day at the Robertson Cup as teams will participation in the Banquet of Champions and listen to key note speaker Head Coach Glen Gulutzan of the Dallas Stars. The national semi-finals will hit the ice on Monday at 3:30 and 7:30 pm, while the Championship game is set for 7:30 pm on Tuesday.