THE MATCH-UP: Amarillo Bulls @ Wichita Falls Wildcats
LOCATION: Kay Yeager Coliseum, Wichita Falls TX
GAME DATES AND TIMES: Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5 – 7 pm
BROADCAST INFO: Both games to 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 at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska has the play-by-play at 7 pm.
THE SERIES: This is the first of eight match-ups between the Amarillo Bulls and the Wichita Falls Wildcats. The two teams won’t see one another again until Friday, Dec. 20. The Bulls won’t return to Wichita Falls until January.
THE HISTORY: In the three plus years that the Bulls and the Wildcats have met one another, it’s been largely dominated by Amarillo. Last season alone, the Bulls won all eight match-ups with just three of them being decided by two goals or less.
BULLS OPENING WEEKEND RECAP: The Amarillo Bulls posted back-to-back victories over the Odessa Jackalopes on opening weekend at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. The Bulls doubled Odessa 4-2 in their first game and then blanked the Jacks 4-0.
WILDCATS STARTING STRONG: It’s a quick start to the season for the Wichita Falls Wildcats which are unbeaten in the South Division and their lone regulation loss was suffered at the North American hockey League showcase in Blaine, Minnesota. Twelve players are back from last year’s roster, including much of their defense corps.
SPECIAL TEAMS SHOWDOWN: The Amarillo Bulls and the Wichita Falls Wildcats have combined for 21 power play goals thus far this season. The Bulls lead the NAHL in power play percentage while the Wildcats are third.
SCORING FIRST IMPORTANT: Getting that first goal is important for both teams this season. The Bulls have posted all three victories when they tally the first goal, while the Wildcats have five of their six wins when they score first. Wichita Falls has netted 10 first period goals and yielded just two. The Bulls have notched five first period goals but have also given up the same amount.