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Preview-Bulls Host IceRays

THE TEAMS: Corpus Christi IceRays @ Amarillo Bulls

WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center

WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday at 7 pm

PROMOTIONS: On Friday, fans can get their pictures taken with Santa Claus. Saturday the Grinch will be in attendance for pictures. It’s also The Toys For Tots Teddy Bear Toss Presented By Tyson. Bring a new or gently used Teddy Bear or Stuffed Animal to the game and when the Bulls score their first goal, throw the toys onto to ice in support of the great cause.

TICKETS: Purchase tickets at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk open 9 am to 4 pm on Friday Game Days and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday game days. The Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets, including United Supermarkets or online at www.panhandletickets.com.

BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune in live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Fast Hockey beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm. The puck drop follows at 7 pm.

THE SERIES: It’s the seventh and eighth meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Corpus Christi IceRays. This series has featured five one- goal games, including 4 by the score of 2-1, and only one game decided by three goals. The Bulls have outscored the IceRays 13-10 in the series. Forwards Joey Molinaro and George Mika have combined for 11 points (Molinaro 3 goals, 3 assists for 6 points) (Mika 2 goals, 3 assists for 5 points). Defenseman Jake Houston has four assists. Goaltender Anton Martinsson has a 1.65 GAA and a .955 Save Percentage in the series. Forward Brad LeLievre is the lone IceRay to have more than two goals. Goaltender Dryden McKay has both wins in the series.

USHL CALL-UPS:  Both teams are missing key players for this weekend series. Defenseman Jake Houston of the Bulls was called up to Cedar Rapids, while goaltender Dryden McKay of Corpus Christi was recalled to Green Bay.

WHAT IS AT STAKE THIS WEEKEND: This is a pivotal weekend for both teams in the South Division heading into the Christmas break. Should the Bulls win both games of the series, then they would climb to within two points of the 4th and final playoff spot in the South Division. A couple of wins by the IceRays put them two points ahead of Odessa for that 4th spot. The Jackalopes are off this weekend enjoying an early Christmas break.

ACROSS THE SOUTH: There lots going on in the South Division this weekend as the Wichita Falls Wildcats host the Lone Star Brahmas. After splitting the first two games, the Wildcats have rattled off four wins in a row. Meantime, the Topeka RoadRunners face the Springfield Jr. Blues for the 11th and 12 times this weekend.