AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls made the most of their lone game in the North American Hockey League over the weekend. Two goals in the final five minutes of the second period lifted the Bulls past the New Mexico Mustangs 3-2 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico on Saturday night. It was the Bulls 11thvictory of the season and extended their win streak to four games. Amarillo sits alone in third place, three points back of the second place Wichita Falls Wildcats and four back of division leading Texas Tornado. The Wildcats had a pair of wins over Corpus Christi but lost to New Mexico, while the Tornado took a pair from the Wenatchee Wild.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE:It is one of those rarities in hockey you don’t get to see too often as the Amarillo Bulls have this weekend off with no games. The team returns to action on Saturday, November 13, with a trip to Wichita Falls to face the Wildcats at 7 pm.
BULLS IN THE COMMUNITY:The Amarillo Bulls Hockey For Health Program continued last week with a stop at City View Elementary. Staff were up early last Thursday morning talking to members of the Kiwanis Club and invited them out as a group on Saturday, Nov. 20, when the Bulls host Wichita Falls.
TRICK OR TREAT WINNERS:Congratulations to Erica Botcher and Hudson Fisher for winning Trick or Treat with the Amarillo Bulls. They both had a special Halloween as Bulls Players visited their houses and went trick or treating with them on Sunday night. Those families who were generous enough to give the children goodies were presented with free tickets to an upcoming Bulls game.
GROUPS PLUS: The Amarillo Bulls would like to invite businesses, organizations and service clubs to come out to a game this season as a group. There is seating in the same section and great deals on ticket prices. Several major group nights are planned including Bank and Credit Union Employee Appreciation Night on Saturday, Nov. 20, when the Bulls entertain the Wichita Falls Wildcats at 7 pm.
ANOTHER WIN FOR SZCZERBA: With a victory on Saturday night, Amarillo goaltender Nikifor Szczerba continues to lead the North American Hockey League in wins with 11. He also lowered his goals against average to 2.22 which puts him fifth in that category. Szczerba also sits second in shutouts and shootout wins, fourth in minutes played and fifth in save percentage.
BULLISH NUMBERS:The Amarillo Bulls continued two hot trends on Saturday night. They were able to win their fourth when leading after 40 minutes and sixth when they outshoot an opponent. It was also the Bulls fourth one-goal win of the season.
A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS: The Amarillo Bulls are not the only team in the South Division not to see action this weekend as the Topeka RoadRunners are also enjoying some quiet time. The Bulls and The RoadRunners are hoping to get a little help from the Corpus Christi Ice Rays and the New Mexico Mustangs in order to stay with the first and second place teams. The Ice Rays host the Wichita Falls Wildcats for two, while the Mustangs are in Frisco to face the Texas Tornado in a pair of games.
BALANCED ATTACK:In nine games this season, the Amarillo Bulls have had a balanced scoring attack where several different goal scorers have contributed to the offense. In six games, the Bulls have had one player with multiple goals, while the rest of the offense was spread around. Seven of the Bulls 11 wins have come when multiple Bulls players get into the scoring parade.
THE PERCENTAGES:The Amarillo Bulls .767 winning percentage ranks second in the North American Hockey League overall behind their division rival the Texas Tornado. The St. Louis Bandits who lead the North Division have a lower winning percentage, .765, than the Bulls.
OCTOBER NUMBERS:As the month of October drew to a close forwards Matt Johnson, Dan Sherer, Cody Freeman, and Chris Cass scored 19 of the Bulls 36 markers that were netted. It is also interesting to point out that during the month all players on the roster with the exclusion of the goaltenders had at least one point.
AMARILLO BULLS 3 @ NEW MEXICO MUSTANGS 2: The Amarillo Bulls kept a stubborn New Mexico Mustangs team at bay, especially in the final 20 minutes, and held on for a 3-2 win at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The Mustangs actually held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 only to see the Bulls rally with big goals. Chris Cass scored in the first period from Terrance Johnson to get the Bulls even at 1-1. After falling behind in the second, the quick shooting of Matt Johnson and Mitch Rogge proved fruitful. Johnson tied the game 2-2 and then Rogge scored the winner with just 3 seconds left in the middle stanza. Nikifor Szczerba turned aside 23 of 25 shots he faced.