Weekend Preview – Bulls Back Home After Rodeo Hosting Topeka

THE TEAMS: Topeka RoadRunners @ Amarillo Bulls

 WHEN & WHERE: Tomorrow and Saturday 7 pm, Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center.

 PROMOTIONS: Friday – It’s the Family Four Pack for $44 (four tickets, four hotdogs and four sodas) and the Bring A Bud Pack for $22 (two tickets, two hotdogs and two sodas). Reeves Hinger Elementary School to sing the National Anthem, while the Salvation Army brings their kettle drive to the games. Saturday – The Golden Spread Corus will sing the National Anthem and the Don Harrington Discovery Center will not only have a booth but carry out a live demonstration during the intermission. One lucky child will win a bike courtesy of Seven Grill and Bar and B’s Bouncers will also be back.

TICKETS: Fans can purchase tickets through the Bulls Office at 301 South Polk, or by calling 242-1122. Other locations to get tickets include the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations as well as United Supermarkets.

THE SERIES: It’s the third meeting of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Topeka RoadRunners. The two teams met back in October in Kansas with the Bulls taking three out of a possible four points. After this weekend, Topeka will make a return trip to the Texas Panhandle on the first weekend of December.

TUESDAY NIGHT REWIND: The Amarillo Bulls scored two first period goals and then proceeded to blow open a close game with three early in the third period to beat the Odessa Jackalopes 6-3 at Ector County Coliseum in Odessa. Jon Russell scored twice, including one shorthanded, while Steven Ipri, Gleb Murtazin, Brett Abdelnour and Cameron Bartkoski had the others. Murtazin and Bartkoski each had their first goals of the season. Stephen Rex picked up three assists. Jason Grande notched the win in goal.

 BULLS NOTES AND STATS: Eight of the nine Bulls’ wins this season have taken place when they have outshot their opponent. The Bulls are 5-3-1-1 in their last 10 games, and this despite three losses in a row. Forward Jon Russell leads the NAHL and the Bulls with 13 goals, while defenseman Brendan Michaelian’s 15 assists are tied for the most in the league.

TOPEKA STRUGGLES: It’s been a tough go of it lately for the Topeka RoadRunners with no wins in their last nine games 0-7-1-1. One of the areas where the RoadRunners have struggled is getting on the board first with just seven opening markers in their first 21 games. The RoadRunners have only tallied two power play goals on the road this season.  Nick Granowicz has been a bright spot for Topeka trailing the scoring lead by just one point. He is second in goals scored with 12 and has currently tallied four markers in his last three games. Meantime Danish goaltender Emil Gransoe leads the NAHL in saves with 410.

ACROSS THE SOUTH THIS WEEKEND: Two other games face-off in the South Division this weekend. The Corpus Christi IceRays look to extend their modest four game winning streak when they host the defending National Champion Lone Star Brahmas. Meantime, it’s the second weekend of the home and home as the Odessa Jackalopes travel to the State of Louisiana to face the Shreveport Mudbugs.