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Preview-Bulls Visit IceRays Starting Thursday

weekend-preview-bannerTHE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Corpus Christi IceRays

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

WHERE: American Bank Center Corpus Christi TX

BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune into CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and PPV with Hockey TV beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm

BULLS NEXT AT HOME: Hockey returns to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21 when the Bulls host the Corpus Christi IceRays. Saturday is the 2nd annual Star Wars Night with help from Yellow City Comic Con in support of the Children’s Miracle Network. The Bulls will wear special Star Wars Jerseys with a live auction to follow immediately after the game with proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

GOT TICKETS: Get your tickets to all home games at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets or online at either www.panhandletickets.com or www.amarillobulls.com. For further information on Group Rates, Corporate Marketing Partnerships and much more, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.

THE SERIES:  It’s the fifth and sixth meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Corpus Christi IceRays. The two teams will meet over consecutive weekends first in South Texas and then in Amarillo. The Bulls have one win in the previous four meetings and that took place at American Bank Center.

WHAT’S AT STAKE: There is certainly a lot on the line in the two games this weekend as the Bulls trail the Corpus Christi IceRays by just a single point for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South Division.

ACROSS THE SOUTH: There are two other games in the South Division this week. Starting tomorrow night, the Topeka RoadRunners open up a three game set in Shreveport to take on the Mudbugs. The Lone Star Brahmas host the Odessa Jackalopes starting on Friday at NYTEX Sports Center.

STREAKS AND TRENDS: The Amarillo Bulls are 2-3-0 since returning from the Christmas break and are one win away from equaling their win today of 13 of a year ago. Forwards Luke Edgerton and Steven Ipri had very strong weekends for the Bulls each notching five points. Goaltender Nikita Babintsev leads the North American Hockey League in minutes played 1,635 and saves 924, while defenseman Jeff Solow is just three points back of the defenseman scoring lead. Forward George Mika continues to lead the overall scoring race with 20 goals 23 assists and 43 points and is six ahead of his nearest competitor. The Corpus Christi IceRays are 4-0-1 in their last five games after going 1-4-0 in their previous five. Ten of the IceRays 14 wins have come when notching the first goal.