WICHITA FALLS, TX – The Amarillo Bulls opened up their exhibition schedule on a positive note on Friday night.
Ryan Stevens scored the game winning goal on the power play with 41 seconds remaining in regulation time to lift the Amarillo Bulls past the Wichita Falls Wildcats 2-1 on Friday night at Kay Yeager Coliseum. The victory evened the Bulls exhibition record all-time at 3-3 in four seasons in the North American Hockey League.
All of the scoring was completed in the final 10 minutes of the third period after the goaltending in the first 40 minutes kept the teams off the score sheet. Colin Delia of the Bulls and Chase Munroe of the Wildcats made some big saves to keep the game close. Oleg Potemkin gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead on a turnaround shot from the high slot area midway through the first period. The Wildcats tied the game two minutes later on a short-handed marker.
That set the stage for the Bulls special teams to take over in the final two minutes and it was Stevens who stole the loose puck and fired it low past goaltender Chase Munroe.
“What our new guys need to learn is that Wichita Falls is a good team and they battled us hard,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “When those players come from various junior teams or midget hockey teams to play is that it takes a different mentality to play in the South Division. I told the guys that we have a lot to learn off of it. However, the bottom line is that we got the win and they should feel good about it. Even though we didn’t execute the game plan or played as well as we wanted, but we worked hard for two weeks to get to this point.”
Williams said the line-up will change tomorrow night and he will be getting some of the veterans in to play.
“We left out a handful of veterans like Mike Davis our leading goal scorer, Omar Mullan who polices the game well, scores big goals and brings an element to the game that we need,” Williams said. “We didn’t have Brady Ferguson who is a big playmaker or Joe Grabowski who plays well defensively and Brett Szayner.”
The Amarillo Bulls and the Wichita Falls Wildcats will conclude their weekend series tomorrow (Saturday) night at 7:05 pm at Kay Yeager Coliseum. Fans can listen to the game live at www.amarillobulls.com courtesy of UStream or watch the game on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey with Denis J. Puska bringing you all of the exciting action starting at 6:55 pm.
The North American Hockey League’s regular season begins for the Amarillo Bulls on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the 11th annual Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota. The Bulls will take on the Johnstown Tomahawks at 8:15 pm. The game will be aired live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey starting with pregame coverage at 8 pm.
It’s not too late to purchase 2013-2014 full or partial season tickets for the Amarillo Bulls and have the same seat for all 28 home games. There are packages to fit all budgets and even payment options available. For further information call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 or visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.