THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Odessa Jackalopes
WHERE: Ector County Coliseum, Odessa TX
WHEN: Friday and Saturday at 7 pm
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Listen to both games live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey, beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm. Amarillo Bulls Hockey Presented by Westgate Mall follows at 7 pm.
BULLS NEXT @ HOME: The Amarillo Bulls return to the cozy confines of the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7 pm when they open up a big series with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Friday is sponsored by Marble Depot, while Saturday is Back The Badge Night courtesy of Crime Stoppers. Call 242-1122 for tickets or visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.
THE SERIES: It’s the seventh and eighth meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Odessa Jackalopes. These will serve as the final regular season confrontations between these two rivals of more than 15 years. The Bulls have won the first six outscoring the opposition 25-10. Goaltender Anton Martinsson has posted four of the six victories, while the combined goals against average is at 1.67. Forwards Cody Gylling and Will Harrison have combined for 11 goals and forward Luke Novak and defenseman Kasper Emanuelsson have 10 assists together.
WHAT IS AT STAKE: The Amarillo Bulls and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees remained tied for the sixth and final playoff spot in the South Division. The Bulls have one more win than the Killer Bees. The two teams begin a stretch of four games against one another next weekend in the Texas Panhandle.
TRENDS AND STREAKS: The month of January has seen the Bulls post a mark of 3-5-0 . Goaltender Anton Martinsson has notched all three wins and forward Cody Gylling has collected seven goals. Once at the top of the penalty minute totals in the North American Hockey League, the Amarillo Bulls have certainly leveled off and show much more maturity. The Bulls are second in penalty minutes with just over 25 a game and have 40 less total minutes than Odessa. The Bulls have also risen in shots on goal in the second half of the season moving up to 12th with just over 29 per game.