WICHITA FALLS, TX – Brady Ferguson’s last minute heroics lifted the Amarillo Bulls to their ninth straight win on Saturday night at Kay Yeager Coliseum.
In a game that was destined for extra time, Ferguson potted the game winner in the final three minutes as the Bulls edged the Wildcats 2-1 for their 29th win of the season. The victory was the Bulls 4th straight in Wichita Falls this season and it assured them of getting 30 wins for a fourth year in a row.
Patrick Pollock had the other Bulls’ goal, and Collin Delia who settled down after giving up a strange goal posted the decision in net.
It was a goaltending dual between Delia of the Bulls and David Zevnik of the Wildcats who did their best to keep the game tied heading into the third period. The Bulls were on attack for much of the final 20 minutes but Zevnik denied the visitors from taking the lead. In the dying minutes, the Bulls’ chased the puck into the Wildcats’ corner. Brady Ferguson dug the puck out along the wall and his shot eluded goaltender Zevnik to give the lead and delight a large crowd of Bulls fans in attendance. Matt Sieckhaus and Tyler Gernhofer earned helpers on the play. In the final minute the Wildcats pulled their goaltender but couldn’t get the equalizer.
It was a well played opening 20 minutes by both teams. The Bulls opened the scoring at the 17:35 mark off a face off win. Patrick Pollock’s slap shot just got under the cross bar and over the shoulder of the goaltender. Cody Gylling earned an assist on the play. Less than a minute later, the Wildcats tied the game on a strange goal as one of their defenseman shot the puck from distance towards the net. After skipping twice the puck went past goaltender Collin Delia and into the net while he was moving to the right side of the crease. The Bulls outshot the Wildcats 9-7 in the first period.
The Bulls dominated the second period but couldn’t score. Several Amarillo’s opportunities came killing off penalties, including a great chance by Ryan Stevens who was denied by Zevnik. Tyler Gernhofer also had an opportunity on a partial breakaway but was stopped by a big glove save. The Bulls outshot the Wildcats 20-13 in the scoreless period.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Wichita Falls Wildcats 29-19. There were just seven total power plays with neither team being able to score.
Next weekend it’s three games in three nights for the Amarillo Bulls. It begins on Friday and Saturday against the Odessa Jackalopes at Ector County Coliseum at 7:17 pm. The busy schedule concludes next Sunday, Jan. 26 when the Bulls host the Jackalopes in a return match at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. It’s Faith and Family Fun Night and an opportunity for local churches to bring their groups out to a game. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates, Seven Game Flex Packs or Corporate Marketing Partnerships, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.