AMARILLO, TX – Another solid third-period comeback lifted the Amarillo Bulls to a 5-3 win over the Wichita Falls Wildcats in their lone game of the weekend in North American Hockey League play. The Bulls improved their record to 10-3-1 for 21 points but fell to third place in the South Division standings. The Wildcats and the Texas Tornado each had games in hand — and both notched victories in their other two games to vault over the Bulls.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE:It’s another single game for the Amarillo Bulls this weekend as they visit the New Mexico Mustangs on Saturday night at 8:30 pm Central, 7:30 pm Mountain, at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
BROADCAST NOTE: Fans can tune into Saturday’s game live on ESPN1440 and www.amarillobulls.comfueled by Sportsjuice, beginning with The Bulls Warm Up Show Presented By Wayland Baptist University at 8:15 pm central time. Denis J. Puska will have all of the exciting play by play action at 8:30 pm. The broadcast 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.
IN THE COMMUNITY:It was a busy weekend of activities in the community for the Amarillo Bulls. Players attended the Maverick Boys and Girls Club Fundraising Event on Saturday at their headquarters located on South Lincoln. Players also visited Ashley Furniture Family Fun Fest on Sunday and staff members were visible at the Luche Libre Wrestling.
HOCKEY FOR HEALTH UNDERWAY:The Amarillo Bulls Hockey For Health Program got underway last week at Gene Howe Elementary School. Assistant Coach Rocky Russo and several Bulls players taught the children some basic hockey skills and how to have a healthier lifestyle.
“The Bulls hockey for health program is reaching out to local elementary students to stress the importance of exercise and healthy eating, said Russo. “Our players are actively involved with the program to help motivate the youngsters to work hard and stay active. It is easy for kids to get caught up in computers and video games these days, the Bulls organization is doing its best to change that.”
Coach Russo and the players continue the Hockey For Health program at City view Elementary on Monday and Tuesday.
STRONG AT HOME:It has been an outstanding start at home for the Amarillo Bulls. Through the first eight games at The Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center, the Bulls are 7-1 and have outscored their opponents 39-24 in the process. Forward Zack Smoot and defenseman Karl Beckman are a combined plus 20 at home this season, while forward Joe Kozlak has fired 32 shots on goal.
SCHEDULE QUIRK:It’s a strange upcoming schedule for the Amarillo Bulls. Due to activities in the Amarillo Civic Center the Bulls will play just two games, both on the road, in the next three weeks. The two games are in Rio Rancho, New Mexico (vs New Mexico Mustangs) and Wichita Falls, Texas (Wichita Falls Wildcats).
STAT OF THE NIGHT:The Amarillo Bulls are still one of five NAHL teams that have yet to score a shorthanded goal this season. The team is one of four clubs that yielded two shorthanded goals against. There are still six NAHL teams that haven’t surrendered a shorthanded goal.
OCTOBER CLOSING QUICK:In seven games during the month of October, the Amarillo Bulls are 5-2-1. Six different players are tied with seven points, while defenseman Luke Jenkins is plus nine. Matt Johnson and Dan Sherer each had five goals in the month of October.
AMARILLO BULLS 5 – WICHITA FALLS WILDCATS 3:Five different goal scorers, including four in the third period, powered the Amarillo Bulls to a 5-3 win over the Wichita Falls Wildcats this past Friday night. Luke Jenkins, Joe Kozlak, Cody Freeman, Dan Sherer and Matt Johnson netted Amarillo markers. The Bulls trailed 2-1 heading into the third period and took the lead with two goals less than one minute a part.