AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls ended the 2015-16 North American Hockey League season where they started it. With a win, scoring six goals and beating the team they won that first game against the Odessa Jackalopes.
George Mika scored twice and Joey Molinaro set up three goals as the Bulls dumped the playoff bound Odessa Jackalopes 6-1 on Saturday night.
That was the Bulls 13th win of the season with eight of them taking place on Saturday nights. The Bulls began the year as one of the youngest teams in the league in terms of games played so there was plenty of on-the-job training.
Molinaro and Mika sparked the Bulls attack with 16 goals apiece, while goaltender Anton Martinsson had 11 of the teams’s victories. Martinsson was first in saves in the NAHL and third in minutes played. The Klippan, Sweden native was third in the league with 46 appearances.
One of the hottest players down the stretch for the Bulls was forward Nick Santoro who had six goals in his last nine games including two on Friday in Odessa. Phil Fromberger led all defenseman with 20 points.
One of the most telling stats of the past season was the Bulls ability to be in most games with several losses coming in the dying seconds. The Bulls were involved in 39 games decided by two goals, including 24 by a goal.
The Amarillo Bulls added three more to their list of NCAA College Commitments with forward Joey Molinaro heading to Niagara University, goaltender Anton Martinsson attending the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and goaltender Brian Baker going to University of New England, Division III.
The future of the Amarillo Bulls is a bright one as six of the tendered players recently took part in the USA Hockey Under 18 National Championships in San Jose, California. Eric Cooley and Luke Edgerton helped to lead the Pens Elite Program to the National Title.
Off the ice the Amarillo Bulls were again among the leaders in attendance with more than 65,000 fans averaging over 2,100 a game at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. The Bulls had several games with crowds of 2,700 and above.
Another area where the Bulls have always excelled at is in the community where the team attended more events than ever before. Throughout the season the Bulls helped out with Amarillo Youth Hockey, visiting several corporate partners, went to numerous schools, as well as helped out in events such as Just Between Friends Sale, Snack-Pack-4-Kids, the Make-A-Wish Car Show, Don Harrington Discovery Center, and Community Options.
Preparations for the 2016-17 season have already begun for the Amarillo Bulls and fans are encouraged to back the team by purchasing Full or Half Season Tickets or 10 Game Flex Packs. Full Season Tickets allow fans the same seat for all 28 home games and prices include $296 for Silver; $390 for Red; $450 for Glass and $516 for Pit. A $100 deposit will hold seats and the fans can choose from a variety of payment options. For further information on Full or Half Season Tickets, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 or visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.