THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Wichita Falls Wildcats
WHEN: Tonight (Saturday) 7 pm
WHERE-LOCATION: Kay Yeager Coliseum, Wichita Falls, Texas
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune into the action on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Fast Hockey. The Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show begins broadcast coverage at 6:40 pm. Denis J. Puska has the action at 7 pm.
BULLS NEXT AT HOME: After a weekend off, the Amarillo Bulls return to action on Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16 versus the Wichita Falls Wildcats. It’s the third of what will be four games against the Cats in a row. Friday is Superheroes Night Presented By Liberty Tax Service, while Marble Depot is Saturday’s sponsor.
TICKETS: Fans can purchase tickets at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk or by calling 242-1122. Additionally, tickets can be picked up at the Civic Center Box Office and all United Supermarket locations.
THE SERIES: This is the 5th meeting of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Wichita Falls Wildcats but the first time they will meet at Kay Yeager Coliseum. The first four games have been very close and decided by two goals or less (one was decided by three). Forward Adam Goodsir has played well against the Bulls with four goals, while Austin Albrecht has picked up six points. Goaltender Julian Syme has two of the three wins, while Just Kapelmaster has the other. Several Bulls’ players have each scored two goals including Joey Molinaro, George Mika, Trent Dillinger, and Charlie Singerhouse.
NEW YEAR’S EVE REWIND: The Amarillo Bulls saw a five game New Year’s Eve winning streak come to a halt on Thursday night. The Wichita Falls Wildcats scored two third period goals and got some excellent goaltending from Justin Kapelmaster down the stretch to beat Amarillo 4-2. The Wildcats led 2-0 after 1 before the Bulls pulled even thanks to goals from Trent Dillinger and Joey Molinaro. The two goals were scored 13 seconds apart.
WHAT IS AT STAKE: The Amarillo Bulls are looking for just their third win on the road this season but have traditionally done well in Wichita Falls. A win would keep the Bulls in pace for a South Division playoff spot which they trail the Corpus Christi IceRays by 10 points. The Wichita Falls Wildcats are the overall leaders in the North American Hockey League and have a five point advantage over both Topeka and Lone Star in the South Division.
ACROSS THE SOUTH: Two big wins by the fourth and fifth place teams highlighted South Division action last night. The Corpus Christi IceRays blanked the Topeka RoadRunners 3-0 thanks to the shutout goaltending of Graham Hunt. In West Texas the Odessa Jackalopes snapped a six game winless drought with a 3-2 home ice win over the Lone Star Brahmas.
QUIRKY SCHEDULE: Next weekend is the first of two with no games for the Amarillo Bulls. The second one is set for early March. The Bulls are in the midst of four straight with the Wildcats. A four game home stand begins on Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday Jan. 16 where the Bulls face the Wildcats and then the following weekend against the Odessa Jackalopes.