TROY, MICH – Amarillo Bulls players worked hard for their respective teams at the North American Hockey League Top Prospects in Troy, Michigan.
The Top Prospects was shortened to two days this year, but the teams and players saved their best action to the final day as the three games didn’t disappoint the fans and scouts in attendance. The event featured a record number of scouts for the fourth straight year and no doubt will feature several NAHL players committing to NCAA schools because of their performance.
The South Division coached by Dennis Williams fell 3-0 in their first game on Monday, but narrowly lost 3-2 in the second game. In the first game the South fired 48 shots on net but was unable to break through. Forwards Mike Davis and Matt Sieckhaus each had four shots on goal, while Cody Gylling had two and Brett Szajner, Kyle Gattelaro had singles.
In the second game, the South trailed 2-0 only to rally to pull even. The Central won the game with a late third period goal. Three Bulls’ players combined for four shots with Cody Gylling leading the way with two, while Mike Davis and Matt Sieckhaus each had one.
The NAHL Under-18 selects also coached by Dennis Williams split their two games. On Monday the Selects blanked the High Performance Hockey League 3-0. Tyler Gernhofer notched two shots on goal. The highlight of the Top Prospects was the final game of the event as the Selects faced the United States National Under-17 Development Team. The USNDP squad won 5-1 thanks to four goals in the first two periods. Gernhofer notched an assist for the Selects.
The Midwest team split their two contests, falling 4-1 to Central but rebounding to defeat the North Division 4-1. Former Bulls forward Omar Mullan, who now play with the Wenatchee Wild, had three shots and an assist in the second game.
The Amarillo Bulls return to the road this weekend to face the Corpus Christi Ice Rays on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm at American Bank Center. Fans can tune into the games live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show 15 minutes before the puck is dropped.
There are just four home games remaining in the regular season for the Amarillo Bulls. The next two are set for Friday, Mar. 7 and Saturday, Mar. 8 against the Topeka RoadRunners at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets. For further information on Group Rates, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.