ODESSA, TX – Two early goals hurt the Amarillo Bulls in their game at Ector County Coliseum on Friday night.
A goal in the first 64 seconds of the game, and a second one just 36 seconds into the 2nd stanza was all the hometown Odessa Jackalopes needed in an 8-1 triumph over the Bulls.
With the loss, the Bulls remain seven back of the Corpus Christi IceRays for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South Division. The Bulls will be looking for a measure of revenge on Saturday night when they close out a series in Odessa at 7 pm.
Another deciding factor in the game was special teams where Amarillo failed to connect a goal on seven opportunities.
It was an evenly played first period despite the early goal by Odessa’s Eric Huss, his first of three, off a turnover inside the Bulls zone. The Jackalopes outshot the Bulls 11-10 in the second period.
Odessa went to work in the middle stanza with three goals in the first seven and a half minutes. Peyton Frantti, Rick Carballo and Blake Bride picked up the goals. The Jacklopes outshot the Bulls 14-7 in the second period.
The Bulls finally got on the board in the third period as Alex Borowiec tallied his four goal against the Odessa Jackalopes this season on a sharp angled shot with help from Brendan Datema. After that the Jackalopes rounded out the scoring with four more goals as Eric Huss completed his hattrick, while Carballo, Frantti and Blake Bride added their second goals.
The Odessa Jackalopes outshot the Amarillo 37-34 in the contest. The hometown Jackalopes had one power play goal on four chances.
The 11th round of the New Avenues I-27 Freeway Series is set for tomorrow (Saturday) night at Ector County Coliseum. Fans can tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440 and online at www.amarillobulls.com beginning with pre-game coverage at 6:40 pm.
The Amarillo Bulls begin a four-game home stand on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10 vs. Shreveport Mudbugs at 7 pm. Friday is the return of the Family Four Pack for $44 and Bring A Bud Pack for $22. It’s also Scout Night with discounted tickets for troops and packs.
Saturday is First Responders Night Presented By ER Now. Free Tickets for First Responders, while Family Members pay $8. There will be displays on the concourse and a vehicle parade during the intermission. It’s also the 2ndScout Night.
Tickets for all home games are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations, including United Supermarkets or by calling 806-242-1122.