Weekend Preview-Bulls Visit Killer Bees

THE MATCH-UP: Amarillo Bulls (9-2-1) vs. Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (7-3-5) 

LOCATION: State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, TX

GAME TIMES: Friday, 7:05 pm, Saturday, 6:35 pm

BROADCAST INFO: Games air live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show 15 minutes before the puck is dropped. (Friday – 6:45 pm, Saturday – 6:15 pm) 

THE SERIES: This is the first ever meeting between the Amarillo Bulls and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. The two teams will meet six times over the course of the next month. Four of the match-ups are set for State Farm Arena, while two will take place at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23.

HOCKEY’S BACK IN RIO: After a one-year absence, hockey is back in Rio Grande Valley as the Killer Bees became a member of the North American Hockey League. The former Wenatchee Wild franchise was moved to Hidalgo, TX and State Farm Arena. In nine previous years as a professional team in the Central Hockey League, the Killer Bees advanced to the playoffs in six different occasions.

BULLS NOTES: The Amarillo Bulls have won eight games in a row, including their first six at home. In all nine victories, the Bulls have netted the first goal. The Bulls have scored at least one power play goal in their first 12 games. One year ago, the Bulls were amongst the leaders in goals for and goals against and that is the case again. Amarillo is second in goals for and third in goals against. Matt Sieckhaus is one of the hottest players in the NAHL with six goals in his last four games. Forwards Mike Davis and Cody Gylling have combined for 11 assists in their last five games.

BULLS NEXT AT HOME: It’s back at home next Friday and Saturday for the Amarillo Bulls as they host the Topeka RoadRunners. Game times are set for 7 pm at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets, including United Supermarkets.

KILLER BEES’ STINGERS: Eight of the Killer Bees’ 15 games have gone either to overtime or a shootout. Rio Grande Valley has posted a mark of 6-0-2 with one loss in overtime and another in a shootout. Goaltender Olli Kalkaja has played in all eight of those games and fourteen of the first fifteen. Rio Grande Valley has won five of its seven games when scoring the first goal. The Killer Bees have managed just one win and two shootout losses when trailing after 40 minutes.

ALUMNI UPDATE: Here is what the Amarillo Bulls Alumni are up to on Friday Night.

PLAYER

TEAM

OPPONENT

Geoff Fortman, Cody Freeman

Canisius College

@ Air Force

TJ Sarcona

Niagara University

@ Denver

Greg Gibson, John Rey

Robert Morris

@ Ohio State

Brooks Behling

Providence

Vs. Miami