ODESSA, TX – A bad first period ended the Amarillo Bulls nine game winning streak on Friday night.
The Bulls surrendered three first period goals and dropped a 3-2 decision to the Odessa Jackalopes at Ector County Coliseum. That loss by the Bulls was their first regular season loss to the Jackalopes in two plus seasons in the North American Hockey League. The lone win Odessa had prior to that was in the South Division playoffs.
Mike Davis and Cody Gylling each scored for the Bulls, while Brendan McGuire had two assists. Davis and Gylling each had six shots on goal and Brendan Vetter had four.
That tough first period had the Bulls falling behind 1-0 just past the midway mark. The Bulls had a five-on-three power play just after that goal but didn’t score. The Jackalopes extended their lead soon after that penalty kill on a shot from just over the blue line.
Twenty three seconds later the Bulls made it 2-1 when Mike Davis scored on a shot through the legs of goaltender Yoshihiro Kuroiwa. Ryan Stevens and Brendan McGuire added assists on the play. But a short time later, the Jackalopes restored a two-goal lead with a shot that deflected off a Bulls’ player and went behind Collin Delia who replaced starting goaltender Paul Berrafato. The Bulls outshot the Jackalopes 13-11 in the first frame.
The Bulls pressured the Jacks early in the second period and were rewarded for their efforts. Odessa turned the puck over just inside its blue line and Cody Gylling swooped in a put a shot between the legs of goaltending Kuroiawa to cut the deficit to 3-2. Brendan Vetter and Brendan McGuire earned assists on the play. Captain Mike Davis had an excellent chance in the period but his one-timer was stopped by Kuroiwa.
Amarillo couldn’t get any closer in the stanza and was outshot 15-10 by Odessa.
The third period was dominated by the Bulls as they had numerous scoring opportunities, including ones by Gody Gylling and Tyler Gernhofer that were denied by the goaltender. The Bulls pulled their goaltender in the final minute of play looking to get the equalizer but couldn’t convert the plays.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Odessa Jackalopes 10-5 in the third period and 33-31 overall. There were five power plays in the contest with the Bulls going 0 for 3, while the Jackalopes were 0 for 2.
These two South Division rivals play one another again tomorrow (Saturday) night at 7:17 pm at Ector County Coliseum. Fans can tune into the action 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 at 6:50 pm. The puck drop follows with Denis J. Puska.
Hockey is back at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Sunday when the Bulls and the Jackalopes close out their three-game set at 6 pm. It’s Faith and Family Fun Night Presented By Polk Street Methodist Church. 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, call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.