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THE TEAMS: CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS @ AMARILLO BULLS

WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen, Amarillo Civic Center

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

PROMOTIONS: FRIDAY – It’s Throwback to the 80’s and Marble Depot Night. Fans are encouraged to get dressed up in 1980’s attire. The first 500 fans receive noisemakers, and there will be a Lip Sync contest during the first intermission. It’s the return of The Family-Four-Pack for $44 (4 tickets, 4 sodas and 4 hotdogs); and Bring-A-Bud Pack of $22 (2 tickets, 2 sodas and 2 hotdogs).

SATURDAY – It’s Merrick Pet Care Night in celebration of National Love Your Pet Day. There will be Pet Food Giveaways all night long with several booths on the concourse. One lucky child could win a bicycle from Seven Bar and Grill.

NEED TICKETS?: Fans can purchase tickets at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk; Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Locations, including United Supermarkets or online at www.panhandletickets.com. For further information on Group Rates, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.

BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Fast Hockey. Broadcast coverage begins with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm. The play-by-play call with Denis J. Puska follows at 7 pm.

THE SERIES: It’s the final two meetings of the regular season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Corpus Christi IceRays. The teams have split the first 10 games, with the Bulls taking three victories on home ice and another two on the road. Forward Joey Molinaro leads the Bulls versus Corpus Christi with four goals and seven assists for 11 points. George Mika has nine points but leads the team with 44 shots on goal. Charlie Singerhouse, Jake Houston and Phil Fromberger have combined for 14 helpers. Fourteen different members of the IceRays have at least one goal versus the Bulls and goaltender Dryden McKay is undbeaten in four starts (3-0-1).

HOME STAND COMING TO AN END: A six game home stand comes to an end this weekend for the Amarillo Bulls which is the longest of the season. The Bulls have four remaining home games left against the Topeka RoadRunners and the Lone Star Brahmas.

BULLS NOTES: Amarillo has posted a record of 2-3 in their last five games with Joey Molinaro and Coale Norris leading the way with three goals apiece. Fifteen of the 19 goals have been scored even strength. Goaltender Anton Martinsson leads the North American Hockey League in minutes played, saves and appearances. The Bulls suffered their first loss last weekend when leading after 40 minutes of play. The team has now won three games when outshooting the opponent.

ICERAYS’ CHIPS: The Corpus Christi IceRays have been a slow starting team this season with 10 of their victories coming when they don’t score the first goal. The Canadian combination of Carter Johnson and Drake Lindsay have tallied 23 of the team’s 98 goals. Five of Dryden McKay’s wins this season have come at the expense of the Amarillo and the Topeka RoadRunners. McKay has played in three of the last four games.

SOUTH DIVISION PLAYOFF UPDATE: Its slim pickings for the fourth and final playoff spot between the Corpus Christi IceRays and the Odessa Jackalopes. The IceRays hold a one point edge on the Jacks for the position but it’s Odessa that has two games in hand. The two teams will still meet a total of six times between now and the end of the regular season.