Weekend Preview – Bulls Host Odessa For Three Games

THE TEAMS: ODESSA JACKALOPES @ AMARILLO BULLS

WHEN: Tomorrow (Thursday) night, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm.

WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center

PROMOTIONS: Tomorrow is Thirsty Thursday Presented by Seven Grill and Bar with Half Priced Draft Beer, and Soft Drinks. Friday is the Family Four Pack for $44 and the Bring A Bud Pack for $22. On Saturday, fans can come out to Star Wars Night Presented by YC3 in support of 24 Hours In The Canyon. The Bulls will wear special Cancer Survivor Jerseys with a live auction to follow immediately after the game in The Corral.

TICKETS: Fans can purchase tickets 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 and www.amarillobulls.com. For further information on Group Rates, Corporate Marketing Partnerships and much more please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.

BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Hockey TV, beginning with the Bulls Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm on all three nights. The puck drop follows at 7 pm, with the voice of the Bulls Denis J. Puska.

THE SERIES: It’s the sixth, seventh and eighth games of the New Avenues I-27 Freeway Series between the Amarillo Bulls and the Odessa Jackalopes . After collecting wins in the first two games, the Bulls have dropped the last three. These two teams are still not done with one another yet and will play another three pack on the first weekend of February in Odessa.

WEEKEND REWIND: The Amarillo Bulls earned a split in their weekend series with the Corpus Christi IceRays at American Bank Center. The Bulls fell 4-1 on Friday night but then rallied twice to win on Saturday 5-4 in overtime. Josh DeLuca had the lone goal for Amarillo in Friday’s game while Trevor Micucci took the loss in goal. On Saturday, Jared Domin notched the game winner in the extra session and he also had two assists. Other marksmen were Austin O’Rourke, Trey Bagwell, Nick Stuckless and Josh DeLuca. Jason Grande posted the win the goal. The Odessa Jackalopes had the weekend off from play.

BULLS NOTES ETC: All six South Division teams are in the top 11 amongst the most penalized teams in the North American Hockey League. The Bulls and Odessa are one and two averaging over 20 minutes a game which is over four minutes less than the League average of 16 minutes. The overtime win by the Amarillo Bulls was just their second in an extra session this season against seven losses. Odessa has six wins in games going past regulation with three in overtime and three in a shootout. The Amarillo Bulls rank second in the North American Hockey League with 23 first goals of the game. That’s just one ahead of the leader the Philadelphia Rebels.

WHAT’S AT STAKE: The playoff races are heating up across the North American Hockey League’s four divisions. The Amarillo Bulls trail the Corpus Christi IceRays by nine points for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South Division. However, the Bulls still have games in hand on all of the teams. The IceRays entertain the first place Shreveport Mudbugs at American Bank Center.

There are two other games in the South Division this weekend as the Topeka RoadRunners host the Springfield Jr. Blues at Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena, while the Lone Star Brahmas visit the Kenai River Brown Bears to conclude their two week Alaska trip.