AMARILLO, TX – Goaltender Collin Delia continued his stellar play on Friday night.
The California native extended his shutout string to over 150 minutes of action following the Amarillo Bulls 4-0 victory over the rival Topeka RoadRunners at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Delia has not allowed a goal since early in the second period of opening night versus the Odessa Jackalopes.
With the victory the Bulls extended their winning streak to five games and have collected at least one point in the last six.
“Our power play got a timely goal tonight going 1 for 7 and our penalty killing prevented Topeka from scoring,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “The big reason for that was Collin Delia who I thought played very well. He played confident and big in goal. Our defense also played great tonight, too.”
It took more than half of a period for both teams to feel one another out and get into the flow of the contest. The Bulls were able to get six consecutive shots on the power play to gain the momentum late in the stanza. Cody Gylling gave the Bulls a 1-0 advantage when he beat the Topeka goaltender over the shoulder. Matt Sieckhaus earned an assist on the play. The Bulls outshot Topeka 14-5 in the first period.
The second period started well for the Amarillo Bulls and it was Kyle Gattelaro scoring shorthanded from Mike Davis and Brendan Vetter at 4:18. Eight minutes later, the Bulls would add to their lead via the powrplay when Matt Sieckhaus scored in front of the net from Cody Gylling and Tyler Gernhofer. Just before the end of the period, Ryan Stevens extended the Bulls lead to 4-0 when he scored on a great individual play inside the Topeka zone. Kyle Fargesen and Ben Jentsch earned helpers on the play. Topeka outshot Amarillo 14-13.
It was a rough and tumble final 20 minutes between the two teams with several skirmishes after the whistle. Neither team could put the puck into the net but both did have numerous power play opportunities.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Topeka RoadRunners 36-24 including 9-5 in the third. There were 13 total power plays with the Bulls going 1 for 7, while the RoadRunners were 0 for 6.
Williams said he would like to see his charges take their play up to a higher level in their second game against the RoadRunners tomorrow night.
“I would like to see them execute more consistency in their work ethic,” he said. “I think it needs to be there a little bit more. I did feel that the guys did put on a good performance from start to finish especially Kyle Fargesen who did well in his first game. He brought some speed and toughness.
“Topeka is a good hockey team and anytime you can keep them off the score sheet you know it’s been a good night. They are a well coached team and will be there contending for the South Division and the Robertson Cup at the end of the season.”
Another exciting game between the Amarillo Bulls and the Topeka RoadRunners is expected at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center tomorrow (Saturday) night at 7 pm. Prior to the game, there will be a ceremony to unveil a championship banner from USA Hockey. Fans who purchase an adult ticket can get a child’s ticket for free. Fans can get single game tickets at the Bulls Hockey Office at 301 South Polk Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates, discounted full or partial season tickets, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.