Weekend Preview-Bulls Entertain Brahmas

THE TEAMS: Lone Star Brahmas @ Amarillo Bulls

WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14 & Saturday, Feb. 15

TIME: 7 PM

PROMOTIONS: FRIDAY: Valentines Night Sponsored by Community Options and there will be a Diamond Giveaway courtesy of McFarlins. SATURDAY: Pucks and Paws courtesy of Merrick Pet Care. The Bulls will wear special jerseys in support of Texas Panhandle Pet Savers with an auction to follow immediately after the game. Proceeds to benefit Texas Panhandle Pet Savers. Saturday is also Scout night.

TICKETS: Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.

BROADCAST OPTIONS: Listen to the game live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com or watch the game on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey. Coverage begins at 6:45 pm with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:45 pm.

THE SERIES: This is round nine and ten of Battle Of The Cattle Series between the Amarillo Bulls and the Lone Star Brahmas. After this weekend the two teams will meet one more time in North Richland Hills in mid-March. The Bulls own the season series lead 5-3 after the two teams split on January 31st and February 1st. Forward and Captain Mike Davis as well as defenseman Joe Grabowski lead the Bulls with five goals and three assists for eight points. Goaltender Paul Berrafato has three of the five Bulls wins and a goals against average of less than two per game.

          The Brahmas top point getter is Jan Hudacek with three goals and four assists for seven points. Captain Matt Lison also has three goals. Goaltender TJ Black has three wins for his club in the series.

STATS AND STUFF: In the three losses versus the Brahmas, the Bulls have been outscored 10-1 and there have been two shutouts. In just 17 games this year, the Bulls have not scored the first goal. Nearly one-third of the Bulls goals scored this season have come via the power play at 48. Forward Mike Davis trails Alec Butcher of Kenai River for first place in the scoring race by three points.

ACROSS THE SOUTH: There are two other games in the South Division this weekend. The Topeka RoadRunners make their first visit to Wichita Falls this season when the two meet at Kay Yeager. Meantime it’s the battle of the Deep South as the Corpus Christi IceRays visit the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees.

WHAT IS AT STAKE: The Amarillo Bulls have a seven point lead on the Topeka Road Runners for first place in the South Division. The RoadRunners have a two point lead on Rio Grande Valley for second place and a 10 point advantage on Wichita Falls. The Corpus Christi IceRays are just seven points back of the fourth and final playoff spot.

THE RACE FOR THE OVERALL: The Fairbanks Ice Dogs lead the Amarillo Bulls by four points for first and home ice in the North American Hockey League overall race. The Bulls have two games in hand on the Ice Dogs, but three fewer wins.