Weekend Preview-Bulls Visit Brahmas As Playoff Drive Pushes Along

THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Lone Star Brahmas

WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) night at Saturday at 7:30 pm

WHERE: NYTEX Sports Center, North Richland Hills, TX

BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune in live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com with the Bulls Warm Up Show Presented By Chick-Fil-A on Gem Lake Road at 7:10 pm on Friday and Saturday night with Denis J. Puska. Fans can catch the action live on Hockey TV with Nick Marek the voice of the Brahmas providing the action.

BULLS NEXT AT HOME: The final two home games of the regular season for the Amarillo Bulls are set for next Friday and Saturday March 30 and 31 versus the Topeka RoadRunners at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Friday is Pop Stop and 806 Sports with the Family Four Pack for $44 and the Bring A Bud Pack for $22. Saturday is Fan and Child Appreciation Night with youth hockey jerseys being handed out at the door.

GOT TICKETS: Purchase your 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 rinformation call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.

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. Any combination of two IceRays wins and two Bulls losses will eliminate Amarillo from playoff contention. The IceRays visit the Shreveport Mudbugs for two at George’s Pond Hirsch Coliseum.

THE SERIES: It’s the final two meetings of the regular season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Lone Star Brahmas. There have been three shutouts in the series with two going to the Bulls and seven of the 10 games decided by two goals or less. It’s also the first time since the trade acquisition in January that Bulls forwards Jared Domin and Austin O’Rourke have returned to North Richland Hills.

FABULOUS FRIDAYS: It’s been a wild stretch over the past six games weekends for the Amarillo Bulls where they have been strong on Friday to start a series but struggle the next night. In fact the Bulls are 4-0-2-0 in their last six Friday contests, including their biggest come from behind effort of the season versus the Corpus Christi Icerays.

STATS ETC: Forward Jared Domin continues to be a driving force in the Bulls playoff push with eight points (3 goals and 5 assists) in his last eight games. Another part of the success has come from goaltender Trevor Micucci who is 2-0 in his last four appearances and has surrendered a total of five goals in just under 200 minutes of playing time. Defenseman Nikita Sokolov has certainly been at the right place at the right time for the Bulls as both of his goals this season have been game winners.

ACROSS THE SOUTH: In other South Division action this weekend the IceRays face the Shreveport Mudbugs and the Topeka RoadRunners have a date in Odessa to take on the Jackalopes.