AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls couldn’t have asked for a better Saturday night.
An emotional championship banner raising ceremony followed by a resounding 4-0 win over the Odessa Jackalopes made for a successful night. Ben Jentch, Mike Davis, Cody Gylling and Kyle Gattelaro potted the goals for the Bulls. Paul Berrafato stopped all 19 shots he faced to notch his first win of the season.
“Rick (Matchett) and his staff did an excellent job here tonight and to have Mr. (Bill) Yuill, Mr. Gary (Gelinas) and Mr. (Zoran) Rajcic from Consolidated Sports Holdings with us made it even more special,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “Our guys did a good job in scoring some big goals this weekend and kept the Jackalopes to two goals and 20 shots per game was terrific.”
The Bulls dominated play right from the opening face-off limiting the Jackalopes to very few shots during five-on-five hockey.
It was a scoreless opening 20 minutes between the two teams after the delay for the Championship banner raising ceremony. Bulls’ players that were part of the Robertson Cup Championship team were involved in a pre-game ceremony. Banners for the third straight South Division title, the NAHL overall regular season champions and the Robertson Cup National Championship were all unveiled. The championship trophy was also brought back onto the ice.
Once ceremony had concluded, the Amarillo Bulls controlled much of the play and the shot production with a 17-6 advantage over the Odessa Jackalopes. There were three power plays with the Jackalopes having two of them.
The second period featured lots of offense for the Amarillo Bulls and started with Ben Jentch his first goal in the North American Hockey League on a shot that went over the shoulder of the Jackalopes goaltender. Just over four minutes later, forward Mike Davis scored on a sharp-angled shot from Carter Penzien and Matt Sieckhaus. The Bulls outshot the Jackalopes 11-7.
The Bulls had another dominant third period with two more goals to put the game out of reach. Cody Gylling made it a three goal lead when he converted a feed from Adem Arifi .Kyle Gattelaro rounded out the scoring from Brady Ferguson and Mike Davis at 1:51
Goaltender Paul Berrafato posted his first win in goal stopping all 19 shots he faced.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Odessa Jackalopes 46-19. There were 11 power play goals with the Bulls going 1 for 5, while the Jackalopes were 0 for 6.
It’s back on the road for the Amarillo Bulls next weekend as they head to Wichita Falls to face the Wildcats at Kay Yeager Coliseum. The face-off for both games is set for 7 pm. Fans can tune into the game live on CBS SportsRadio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast hockey, beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:45 pm.
Hockey is back at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11 when the Amarillo Bulls host the Wichita Falls Wildcats at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information Group Rates and Flex Packages, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.