THE TEAMS: Lone Star Brahmas @ Amarillo Bulls
WHEN: Friday and Saturday at 7 pm
WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center
PROMOTIONS: Friday is Cowboys Night and former Dallas Cowboys Tight End Jay Novacek will be in attendance for a VIP at 5:15 pm followed a ceremonial puck and signing autographs. Seven Bulls will wear special warm up jerseys with a live auction to take place immediately after the game in The Corral. It’s also the Family Four Pack Night for $44 and the Bring A Bud Pack for $22. Saturday is Merrick Pet Care Pet Night and there will be pet food given away throughout the night.
GOT TICKETS: Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets or online at www.panhandletickets.com. For further information call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.
THE SERIES: It’s the eight meeting of the Battle Of The Cattle Series between the Amarillo Bulls and the Lone Star Brahmas. The Bulls have won three of the eight meetings with two coming by the way of shutouts and the other in overtime in North Richland Hills. This is the first battle between the two teams since the trade involving Austin O’Rourke, Jared Domin, Steven Ipri and Jon Russell.
WHAT IS AT STAKE: The Amarillo Bulls trail the Corpus Christi IceRays by eight points for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South Division. The Bulls collected just one point last weekend in an overtime loss to the Shreveport Mudbugs at home. The IceRays picked up two points in a win on home ice over the Brahmas.
This weekend in the South Division, the IceRays entertain the Topeka RoadRunners, while the Odessa Jackalopes are in Shreveport to face the Mudbugs in a first-place showdown of South Division leaders.
STATS ETC: There are certainly some interesting numbers to follow between the Bulls and the Brahmas. In the goaltending department, Jason Grande leads the league in minutes played at 1,835 while Mitchell Gibson is third at 1,737. The Bulls and the Brahmas have similar numbers when headed into overtime this season with each team winning just twice. They have combined for 21 total games that have required overtime or a shootout. Both the Bulls and the Brahmas have had difficulty putting the puck into the net and are near the bottom of the league in Goals For Per game averaging 2.65.