THE TEAMS: Wichita Falls Wildcats @ Amarillo Bulls
WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center
WHEN: Tonight 7 pm
PROMOTIONS: The night is co-sponsored by Community Options and Liberty Tax Service. Red and Silver Section tickets are just $5 for tonight. It’s Spirit Night so fans are invited to create a sign and they could win a prize. It’s $2 Tuesday with $2 hot dogs and $2 sodas.
THE SERIES: It’s the final meeting of the regular season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Wichita Falls Wildcats. The Bulls have won two of the last three games including one each at home and on the road. Overall, it’s been the Wildcats that conrol the series with eight victories. Luke Novak, Will Harrison and Charlie Combs each have five goals for Amarillo, while Cody Gylling has four. Goaltender Jacob Weatherly has all three victories. Forward Nick Farmer has seven goals and eight assists for 15 points for the Cats, while Max Reissinger and Kevin Charyszyn have six goals apiece. Austin Shaw and David Zevnik have notched four wins in goal.
WHAT IS AT STAKE: It’s a must-win game for the Amarillo Bulls in their quest to remain alive for a playoff spot in the North American Hockey League’s South Division. The Bulls must win their final three games of the regular season and hope that either the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees or the Wenatchee Wild lose their final games to qualify for the post season that would begin next weekend on the road. The Killer Bees have two games remaining at home versus Odessa, while the Wild entertain the Topeka RoadRunners for three.
SOUTH DIVISION TITLE: The Wichita Falls Wildcats, Lone Star Brahmas and Topeka RoadRunners are still all bunched together for the South Division lead and trying to avoid playing in that first round Best-Of-Three Series. The Brahmas lead the RoadRunners by two points for first. The Wildcats are third just three points back of first place. Lone Star and Wichita Falls go head to head at NYTEX Sports Center on Friday and Saturday, while Topeka visits Wenatchee for three games.