Bulls Blank Brahmas 3-0 for third straight shutout win


AMARILLO, TX – One hundred and eighty minutes…

That’s the number of minutes it’s been since the Amarillo Bulls have allowed a team to score a goal. Jason Grande posted his third straight shutout of the season and 2nd against the Lone Star Brahmas in a 3-0 victory on Thursday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. It’s the first time in Amarillo Bulls history that a team has prevented the opposition from scoring for three consecutive games. The win extended the Bulls unbeaten string to six games (4-0-1-1) and it vaulted them over the Odessa Jackalopes into third place in the South Division. The Brahmas had a seven game unbeaten string come to an end.

“We normally hand out game pucks in the dressing room after the game and this was a team game puck because they all contributed for 60 minutes,” said Assistant Coach David Nies, who was filling in for Head Coach Rocky Russo.

It was a hard-nose physical first 20 minutes of play with teams combining for just 13 shots and no penalties.

The pendulum swung in the favor of the Amarillo Bulls in the middle stanza as they took control. Jason Brancheau gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead when he found a loose puck in the face-off circle and lifted it over goaltender Mitchell Gibson with nearly six minutes gone by in the stanza. Alex Truscott earned an assist on the play.

The defensive work of the Bulls was solid as the Brahmas could only muster a total of three shots. Late in the stanza, the Bulls power play went to work, as forward Jon Russell took a pass from Steven Ipri and sliced his way through the Lone Star defense and deposited the puck past Gibson on the far post.  Brendan Michaelian also provided an assist on the goal.

The Bulls packed it in defensively in the third period and did an excellent job of keeping the Brahmas from getting to the front of the net. Julian Biondo had Lone Star’s best opportunity of the  night when he stole the puck from the face off and fired a shot right into the pads of Jason Grande.

Down the stretch, the Brahmas pulled their goaltender in favor of the extra attacker and the Bulls were able to take the puck as Brendan Michaelian flung the puck out of the zone and into the empty net with less than a minute remaining.

The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Lone Star Brahmas 24-18 in the contest.

Tomorrow night the Bulls are proud to host Military Appreciation Night Presented by Sitel at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center against the Lone Star Brahmas at 7 pm. Military Appreciation night is always one of the special promotions of the season. There will be several booths on the course prior to the game for fans to look at. Prior to puck drop there will be an enlistment ceremony and during the intermissions activities include the Yellow Rose Ceremony and the presentation of an award to the Amarillo Bulls as well as plenty of great music.

The Bulls are wearing special Military jerseys and a live auction takes place after the game in The Corral with proceeds to benefit America Celebrate, Honor, Serve.

All veterans and active military can get free tickets, while family members will pay just $10. It’s also the Family Four Pack for $44 and the Bring A Bud Pack for $22. The Bulls Office will be open at 301 South Polk from 9 am to 4 pm for ticketing needs. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations as well as at United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates, Season Tickets or Corporate Marketing Partnerships, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.