WHERE: Ector County Coliseum Odessa, TX
WHEN: Tomorrow (Thursday) night and Friday at 7 pm.
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune into CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Fast Hockey, now Hockey TV, beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm. The puck drop follows at 7 pm.
BULLS NEXT AT HOME: This Saturday, Dec. 31, New Years Eve, hosting the Odessa Jackalopes at 7 pm. The game is co-sponsored by Jimmy John’s and Budweiser with party favors available at the door. Fans can win a Bud Light Igloo Cooler, a Northface Jacket from Jimmy John’s and 17-18 Season Tickets. A bike from Seven Bar and Grill will also be drawn for.
BULLS TICKET PROMOTIONS: There are $10 Red and Silver Section tickets available as well as fans who purchase an Adult Ticket can get a child’s ticket free.
THE SERIES: It’s hard to believe but it’s just the 2nd meeting of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Odessa Jackalopes. The two teams met on opening night in Amarillo with the Jackalopes winning 6-2. It will be a busy stretch for this old fashion Texas Hockey Rivalry as Amarillo and Odessa will meet five times in row (three this weekend and two more next Friday and Saturday) and 11 total in the 2nd half of the season.
TIME OFF: The Odessa Jackalopes are back in action after being off since December 9 and 10, while the Amarillo Bulls last played on December 16 and 17 in Topeka Kansas. The Bulls will play back to back weekends of three games in three nights, while Odessa plays 11 games between now and January 31st.
BUNNY TRAX: Goaltender Jon Flackne has played in five of the last 6 games dating back to November 25-26. There has been a lot of extra hockey for the Odessa Jackalopes with four of their last six games going into overtime. Overall, Odessa and Amarillo have combined for 14 games that have gone past regulation and just two overtime wins.
BULLS AND NOTES: With still half of their regular season still to play, the Amarillo Bulls are in the thick of the South Division playoff fight. The Bulls will face each of their rivals at least once and no games outside of their division. Forward George Mika continues to have a solid season leading the North American Hockey League in points with 37, 2nd in power play goals with 8, 3rd in overall goals with 16. Goaltender Nikita Babintsev is 2nd in minutes played (1316) and in saves (711) in the circuit. The Bulls are still one of three teams that have not allowed a Shorthanded goal against in the league. After scoring four goals in the third period on December 17th against Topeka, the Bulls are now plus three in goal differential in that stanza.