AMARILLO, TX — After having their 20 game unbeaten string snapped the previous night, the Amarillo Bulls took matters into their own hands and bounced back on Saturday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center.
The Bulls broke open a two-goal game with three in the third period and dumped the Odessa Jackalopes 6-2 for their 26th win of the season. Logan Jenuwine scored twice for Amarillo, while Jason Brancheau, Ryan Lautenbach, Alex Peterson and David Ojamae had the others. Brenden Datema and Gabriel Seger each had two assists, and Jason Grande earned the win in goal.
It was a different mind-set to the game for the Bulls, and it didn’t take them long to find the back of the net. Ryan Lautenbach followed up a rebound from Brenden Datema and put the puck into the open net. Brett Abdelnour also added an assist on the play. Nearly four minutes later, a mistake behind the net led to the tying goal by the visitors as Jack Conroy scored for Odessa. The power restored the lead late in the stanza, as Alex Peterson picked up a goal from Logan Jenuwine and Jason Brancheau. The Bulls outshot the Jackalopes 12-5 in the first period.
A great rush up the ice powered the Bulls to their third goal of the game and the only marker of the second period. Matt Allen made a move towards the front of the net and David Ojamae was able to follow up the rebound and score to make it 3-1. Jake Willets also picked up a helper. The Jackalopes had several chances to score during the period, but they were turned aside by the strong goaltending of Jason Grande.
The Bulls outshot the Jackalopes 11-8 in the second period.
The flood gates opened up in the third period as the Bulls went to work and scored three consecutive even strength markers on 17 total shots. Logan Jenuwine picked up his first of two from Brenden Datema and Gabriel Seger. There minutes later, Jason Brancheau scored from Ryan Lautenbach and goaltender Jason Grande. The Bulls were not done yet as Jenuwine notched his second with help from Peterson and Seger. The Jackalopes rounded out the scoring on a goal by Connor Smith.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Odessa Jackalopes 40-22. There were a combined seven power plays with the Bulls getting the lone goal.
The final stretch of the nine game home stand is set for next weekend for the Amarillo Bulls when they host the Shreveport Mudbugs on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19 at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center at 7 pm. Friday is sponsored by Fit Omni Mobile Tire Service, and it’s also the return of the Family-Four -Pack and Bring-A-Bud-Pack. On Saturday, the Bulls will hold their second jersey auction of the year to benefit 24 hours In Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets or online at www.panhandletickets.com and www.amarillobulls.com/tickets.