CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Amarillo Bulls goaltending duo of Paul Berrafato and Collin Delia have played stellar in net the last two games. In fact, the duo hasn’t allowed a goal in the last 120 minutes of action.
Berrafato notched his fifth shutout of the season backstopping the Bulls to a 3-0 victory over the Corpus Christi IceRays at American Bank Center on Saturday night disappointing a large crowd of more than 4,000 fans.
Berrafato and Delia have combined for 12 shutouts for the Bulls this season. Kyle Gattelaro scored twice for Amarillo in the game, while Cody Gylling chipped in a single goal.
The victory was the Bulls 35th of the season and it propelled them seven points up on the Topeka RoadRunners for first in the South Division. The RoadRunners were beaten by the Lone Star Brahmas. The loss by the IceRays dropped them 11 points back of the fourth and final playoff spot currently occupied by the Wichita Falls Wildcats.
It didn’t take long for the Amarillo Bulls to hit the scoreboard in the opening 20 minutes. Cody Gylling notched his 14th of the year at 5:31 mark on the power play from Tyler Gernhofer. Gylling’s goal was set up on a great pass from Gernhofer. Moments before that goal, goaltender Paul Berrafato had to stop an IceRays’ breakaway attempt by making a glove save.
The Bulls extended their advantage to 2-0 when Kyle Gattelaro used a good burst of speed to get around the defenseman and put the puck through the legs of Ben Myers. Roman Ammirato provided an assist on the goal at the 10:04 mark. Berrafato was called upon to make some big saves in the final five minutes of the first period on a scramble near the front of the net. The Bulls outshot the IceRays 13-7.
In the second period, the Bulls added to their lead when Kyle Gattelaro netted his second of the game on a backhand shot past Myers. Roman Ammirato, who kept the puck in along the boards, and Eric Purcell provided assists. Berrafato made a key save in the middle stanza when he kicked out a Corpus Christi scoring chance at the side of the net on the power play. Amarillo outshot the IceRays 13-8 in the second period.
The third period saw the Bulls play tight defense in front of Berrafato who preserved the shutout with some key saves. Amarillo kept pressing inside the Corpus Christi zone but failed to beat goaltender Ben Myers.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Corpus Christi IceRays 38-21 including 12-6 in the third period. There were just four minor penalties called in the game with each team getting two power plays and the Bulls getting the lone marker.
The two South Division rivals meet one more time tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at American Bank Center at 3 pm. Fans can tune into the action 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 2:45 pm. Denis J. Puska has the play by play to follow.
Hockey returns to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday, Mar. 7 and Saturday, Mar. 8 when the Bulls host the second place Topeka RoadRunners. Both games face off at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets. For further information on Group Rates, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.