TOPEKA, KS — It wasn’t a pretty start, but it was the end that matter most for the Amarillo Bulls on Friday night at the Kansas Expo Center in Topeka Kansas.
The come-back Bulls did it again with three in the third period to beat the Topeka RoadRunners 3-2. It was the Bulls fourth come-from-behind win of the season and it also helped them vault into sole possession of second place in the North American Hockey League’s South Division.
After trailing 2-0 through 40 minutes of play, the Bulls comeback started when Cody Freeman tipped home a shot from Luke Jenkins and Colton Warner. The Bulls would tie the game just past the midway mark of the period when Dan Sherer scored on a loose rebound in front of the net. Cody Freeman and Colton Warner notched assists on the goal.
It wasn’t long before the Bulls took the lead that was spearheaded by a great rush up the ice by Luke Jenkins whose shot was put into the net by Zack Smoot.
Down the stretch the RoadRunners had a couple of big scoring chances but were denied by Nikifor Szczerba who posted another win in goal. Szczerba kept his team in the game in the first two periods with outstanding saves.
The game featured two of the league’s top penalty killing units in recent weeks. Both teams did a great job as the Bulls and RoadRunners each went 0 for 5.
The game was delayed by some 20 minutes for a pre-game ceremony. And once the game was started, it didn’t take long for the RoadRunners to break into the scoring parade. Michael Hill scored on a rebound just 27 seconds into the game to make it 1-0. After the early flurry by the RoadRunners, the Bulls settled down and got stronger as the period went along.
In the second period the Bulls had a 5 on 3 power play, but couldn’t beat goaltender Rasmus Tirronen. The RoadRunners would extend their advantage to 2-0 late in the second period when Ryan White would score on a blast from the top of the point.
The Amarillo Bulls and the Topeka RoadRunners will face off again on Saturday night at 7 pm back at Kansas Expo Center. Fans can tune into the action live on ESPN1440 and www.amarillobulls.com fueled by Sportsjuice beginning with The Warm Up Show Presented By Wayland Baptist University at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska has the call at 7 pm. The game is also available on Pay Per View courtesy of Fast Hockey and a high speed internet connection is required in order to view the game.
Hockey is back at the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday, Dec. 17 when the Bulls host the Texas Tornado at 7 pm. The Teddy Bear Toss and Christmas Jerseys are the featured promotions for the game. Fans can bring a new or gently used Teddy Bear or Stuffed Animal to the game and when the Bulls score first, throw the toys onto the ice. The toys will be collected and given to charity. The Bulls will wear their Christmas Jerseys and a live auction follows in The Corral following the game. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Amarillo Youth Hockey.
Tickets are available at all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets, Civic Center Box Office or on line at www.amarillobulls.com. For more information on Group Tickets, Flex Packs or to get single game tickets, please call the Bulls office at 806-242-1122.