Preview-Bulls Host Rays

THE TEAMS: Corpus Christi IceRays @ Amarillo Bulls

WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday), and Saturday at 7 pm

WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center

PROMOTIONS: FRIDAY: It’s AT&T night with the first 500 fans receiving a Jason style Goalie Mask and Koozies. One lucky child could win a bike courtesy of Seven Bar and Grill. Children are encouraged to bring their bike helmet to the game and help out with the 2nd intermission. SATURDAY: Super Hero Night in support of the March Of Dimes. There will be various Super Hero Characters for fans to get pictures with. The Bulls will wear special Super Hero jerseys with a live auction to follow immediately after the game in support of the March Of Dimes.

TICKETS: Fans can pick up tickets including the $5 section at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk or by calling 242-1122. Tickets can also be purchased at the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets.

BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, the official flagship station of the Amarillo Bulls, as well as online at www.amarillobulls.com and PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey. The Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show begins coverage at 6:40 pm followed by Amarillo Bulls Hockey Presented by Westgate Mall at 7 pm.

THE SERIES: It’s the fifth and sixth meetings of the season between the two long-time rival cities of Amarillo and Corpus Christi. The clubs split the first four games of their season series. The Bulls won on home ice 5-4 in a shootout and 6-3, while the IceRays took a pair at American Bank Center 8-4 and 3-2 in overtime. Forward AJ Duggan leads the Bulls with seven helpers, while Will Harrison and Brady Crabtree each have two goals. Goaltender Anton Martinsson has both of the Bulls wins. Meantime, Wes Michaud has three goals and nine points. Five other players have two goals apiece.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: This is the 45th all time meeting between the Amarillo Bulls and the Corpus Christi IceRays. The Bulls hold the longtime edge 32-6-6 and at one point had won 10 in a row dating back to last season, but the IceRays have won the last two. In two of the four years the Bulls didn’t allow the IceRays to post a regulation win (14-0-2). The two teams met in the 2013 Robertson Cup South Division Semi-finals that the Bulls were able to win in four games en route to a National Championship.

SOUTH DIVISION PLAYOFF UPDATE: The Corpus Christi IceRays are trying to firmly plant themselves in the Robertson Cup South Division playoffs. The IceRays are currently fourth and should the post season start today would host a first round series. It would be just the second time in five years that Corpus Christi advances to the playoffs. In two seasons, the IceRays missed out by a combined eight points.

The Amarillo Bulls trail the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees by just two points with 16 games remaining in the regular season for the sixth and final playoff spot in the South Division. Each team has the same amount of wins (17).