GAME DAY PREVIEW – Bulls Look To Bounce Back

THE TEAMS: RIO GRANDE VALLEY KILLER BEES @ AMARILLO BULLS

LOCATION: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center

TIME: 7 pm

BROADCAST INFO: 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 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska brings you the hard hitting action at 7 pm.

THE PROMOTIONS: FRIDAY –SATURDAY— High Plains Food Bank Night and fans who bring in two canned goods or non-perishable food items get $4 off an adult ticket.

THE SERIES: This is the sixth meeting of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. The Bulls still have an edge in the series 3-2. After tonight, there will be one more visit by the Killer Bees to the Texas Panhandle in January. In a series that has been dominated by defensive play and goaltenders, each team has surrendered just over 2.00 goals per game (Paul Berrafato and Collin Delia 2.20) (Olli Kalkaja & Nick Schmit 2.40).

FRIDAY NIGHT REWIND: Amarillo Bulls fans witnessed a defensive battle last night where the game had just one goal scored. Ben Grenier scored with less than eight minutes in the second period as the Killer Bees held off the Bulls 1-0. After killing off two penalties to start the third period, the Bulls came out charging at the Killer Bees looking to tie the game but couldn’t beat goaltender Nick Schmit who stopped all 25 shots he faced.

BULLS NOTES, ETC: Last night’s loss by the Bulls was their first one home ice this season, after winning their first eight. The Bulls had an eight game winning streak snapped. After posting seven shutouts in their first 23 games, the Bulls failed to find the back of the net for the first time this season. It’s been an exceptional and productive month for the Amarillo Bulls with a mark of 8-1. In November, the Amarillo Bulls have yielded just three power play goals in 44 times short handed.

SOUTH DIVISION RECAP: Late night in Alaska, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs raced out to a 2-0 lead and went on to edge the Wichita Falls Wildcats 3-1.  

Two other South Division clubs posted wins last night. The Topeka RoadRunners notched their second straight shutout, this time a 7-0 triumph over the Odessa Jackalopes. PJ Bridges has not allowed a goal for the RoadRunners in 120 minutes of play. In South Texas last night the Corpus Christi IceRays got back into the win column dumping the Lone Star Brahmas 3-1. The Brahmas led early 1-0 but the IceRays rallied with three including two six minutes apart in the third period.

NCAA UPDATE: It was Military Appreciation Night at the Budweiser Bull Pen and two Bulls’ Alumni got into the offense for Army in a 6-5 loss to Sacred Heart. In the first period, Joe Kozlak scored Army’s second goal from Clint Carlisle. John Gustafsson earned an assist in Merrimack College’s 5-2 loss to Northeastern. In Division III action, Dan McNamara assisted St. John’s second goal as the Johnnies beat St. Mary’s 4-3. Gage Christianson and Dan Sherer each added assists as the Milwaukee School of Engineering was beaten 6-1 by Wisconsin-Stevens Point.